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Jessica Stock
Jessica Stock • 2 years ago

Cannabis Wine Gaining Ground in California. ~ It seems that a select few California wineries are secretly producing wines laced with cannabis, according to The Drinks Business, and Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be the grape variety of choice for the blend.

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A well-made Cabernet Franc is without a doubt one of my favorite wines; although very few wineries produce a pure varietal wine from this little-know Bordeaux grape, and it’s usually overshadowed in blends by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pure expressions of Cab Franc are fairly difficult to find, but I can’t encourage you enough to try and seek out a bottle for yourself and let me know your thoughts!

  • Rachel Rigoglioso

    do you have a suggestion for a pure cab franc? It's my favorite type but I haven't encountered any that weren't partially mixed

  • Kris Chislett

    I do really like the Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Franc (from the review). I also like Mont Gras (Chilean) and Lang & Reed (California). Decent Cab Franc does have a tendency to start getting expensive though!

Recently Released 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Silver Oak? Yes. Yes. Yes. YES.

Wine: Vina Robles Grape: Sauvignon Blanc Place: Jardine Vineyard, Paso Robles, California Price: $16 (retail)

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon :: Dense blackberry aromas, silky-smooth with soft, round tannins accented by vanilla from the French Oak. #wine

French Wine Merchants Boycott Californian Wine in Protest Over Foie Gras Ban. ~ Ze wine merchants in southwest France are a little pissed-off with the recent foie gras ban in California, so much so, they have decided to take all Californian wines off their shelves. Foie gras has been outlawed across California as a law banning force-feeding of animals came into force on 1 July.

The Wagner Family, who currently own and operate Caymus Vineyards, have been in America since 1885. They settled in Northern California, but ended up in Napa after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. $18.99

A Master of Wine Student’s Guide to Remembering Grape Varieties.

Merlot: Less tannic than cabernet sauvignon, this red wine grape produces dark wines that are generally full-bodied, high in alcohol, and with notes of chocolate and plum. The most widely planted grape variety in Bordeaux, it can make wines that range from easy-drinkers to prized bottles worth aging. Food Pairing: Because of its diversity, there are a lot of options here — everything from grilled meats and blue cheeses to salmon and mushrooms.

Fish House Wine Sauvignon Blanc - As a number of people would probably have guessed from the label, the Magnificent Wine Company (the brand behind this line) is headed by world-renowned winemaker, Syrah-guru and ex-rock-band-roadie Charles Smith. His blatant focus is to produce wines that waaaaaay over deliver for their price, sourcing grapes from multiple vineyards and from multiple vintages.