The Cabernet Franc Wine And Food Experience

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Cabernet Franc Wine And Food Pairing

Washington state Cabernet Franc wine label

Cabernet Franc is not only a French (Bordeaux and Loire Valley) grape variety

What You Need To Know About Cabernet Franc Wine And Food

Cabernet Franc is a red grape variety found in France, the United States, Italy, and a few other countries. They are often blended with other grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc wines are highly acidic with moderate tannins. They are aromatic and spicy, have berry flavors, and tend to age well.

Cabernet Franc wine is a classic with Rabbit and may be paired with a variety of other dishes including Camembert Cheese, Pork Chops, and Ham and Pineapple Pizza.

Cabernet Franc is available in virtually every wine store and on-line starting at about $10 a bottle. If you are looking for a French Cabernet Franc the Loire Valley versions should be less expensive than their comparable Bordeaux cousins. Try the Anjou AOC and Bourgueil AOC which are usually best drunk young and the Chinon AOC which can age for one to three years. If you can find any go for the quite dry St.-Nicolas-De-Bourgueil AOC. You should age the reds for up to five or six years but drink the rosÚs immediately. By the way, all these wines can have up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, but I don't think you'll mind.

For a splurge try the Giuseppe Quintarelli Cabernet Franc Alzero 1997 for about $350 (other vintages cost more). This wine is port-like. Let me know how it works out. By the way, this company makes many excellent Cabernet Franc blends in this price range.

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