Cabernet franc is grown in California and China, and lots of places in-between, but any conversation about this red grape has to start in France. You’ll find it primarily in the Loire Valley– most notably in the appellations of Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur– where it’s made as single varietal wine that tastes spicy and has high acidity. Drive a few hours south of the Loire, and you’ll find France’s other major region for cabernet franc in Bordeaux, blended into some of the most legendary wines on earth.
On its own, cabernet franc is medium-bodied, but it tends to make bigger, richer wines when blended with other grapes. It’s tart and funky, often with a hard-to-miss calling card of green bell pepper. This is a grape people typically either love or hate, and while there are no guarantees when it comes to matters of love, we can help you figure it out. Do you love spicy margaritas? What about pickle juice? If so, we’d ask why you’re drinking pickle juice, and then we’d suggest drinking some pure cabernet franc instead.
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