- Union Wine Co. doubles production, adds sales reps beyond Oregon
- Abacela brings home more gold with Grenache rosé
- Individual tickets available for 32nd annual IPNC in Oregon
- Taste Washington grows attendance by 15 percent
- Deep roots in wine lead Elizabeth Bourcier to La Rata in Walla Walla
- Tony Rynders helps Open Claim Vineyards start with Chardonnay
- Seattle businessmen buy controlling interest in Walla Walla’s Abeja
- British Columbia wines golden at California’s Pacific Rim judging
- Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris repeats as Cascadia best of show
- GSM among Washington’s most delicious blends
Cabernet Franc builds upon following as ‘third Bordeaux’
It’s known as “the third Bordeaux” variety, and it’s starting to gain more respect in the Pacific Northwest.
Cabernet Franc is Washington’s No. 4 red wine grape (after Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah), and dozens are being produced as standalone varietal wines.
Traditionally, the six Bordeaux reds (Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère) are blended together. Even in the New World, Cabernet Sauvignon has been the primary grape, with the others serving as little more than backup singers.
But thankfully, Cabernet Franc is taking center stage more often. At this spring’s Cascadia Wine Competition, nearly 40 Cabernet Francs were entered.
Here are nine delicious Cab Francs we’ve tasted recently.