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!
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.
Dolce was created back in 1985 by the partners of Far Niente (“dolce far niente” being an Italian-idiom for a “sweet idleness”). The winery is still the only winery (North America) which produces a single late-harvest dessert wine. Few other wineries are crazy enough (and have enough cash) to back up such a project! $85
Chocolate Wine Takes the US and UK Market By Surprise. ~ “We thought the market would be female and young, but we’ve found that it has much broader appeal,” said Andrew Browne, founder of the product, citing demand from men and women, as well as older and experienced wine drinkers. The wine uses Bordeaux-blend of grapes from California, mixed with sugar and natural chocolate.
Orvieto is an Italian wine region (on mainland Italy), which produces mainly white wines from the fairly obscure grapes of Grechetto and Trebbiano. Think Pinot Grigio, but with more aromatics! A perfect pairing component for fresh seafood. Lots of apricot, honeydew melon, peach and anise.