Cabernet Franc

One of the parent grapes of the better-known cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc is a comparatively minor but important part of many Bordeaux blends, and is the principal red wine grape of the Loire Valley in France. It is grown increasingly in California, primarily for Meritage (Bordeaux-style) blends, and has also done well in Italy, Hungary, and New York State's Long Island vineyards. It produces wines somewhat lighter than typical cabernet sauvignon, with a distinctive herbaceous aroma.

Serve With

Roast meats and other simply cooked lamb and beef dishes, steaks and chops, meat stews, game, wild mushrooms, pasta with meat sauce, unsweetened or semisweet chocolate or chocolate-based desserts.