Let’s Wine About It: Happy Cabernet Franc Day!

Happy Cabernet Franc Day!

Check out these fun facts about this food-friendly wine:

  1. Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are parents to another well-loved varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon.

  2. Cab Franc is one of the twenty most widely planted grapes in the world.

  3. This wine first became popular during the 17th century in the Loire Valley in France.

  4. There are few wineries (outside of in the Loire Valley and the U.S.) who produce 100% Cab Franc wine, as most opt to use it as a blending grape.

  5. Cabernet Franc is also known as: Aceria, Acheria, Arrouya, Bordo, Bouchet, Bouchy, Breton, Burdeas Tinto, Cabernet Aunis, Cabernet Franco, Capbreton Rouge, Carmenet, Fer Servandou, Gamput, Grosse Vidure, Hartling, Kaberne Fran, Messanges Roughe, Morenoa, Noir Dur, Petit Fer, Petit Viodure, Petite Vidure, Petite Vignedure, Plant Breton, Plant Des Sables, Trouchet Noir, Véron, Véron Bouchy, Véronais and Cabernet Gris. Whew!

Today we’re celebrating with Lakewood Vineyard’s 2018 Cabernet Franc. This dry wine has aromas of blackberries, cocoa, and tea, and hints of a smokey oak flavor. It pairs well with grilled steak, black pepper seasoned dishes, and smoked cheeses. This Cab Franc is award-winning (like many of Lakewood’s wines), and earned a Silver Medal at the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition and 92 points from Vinous Magazine! You can purchase a bottle of the 2018 Cabernet Franc for $18.

Lakewood Vineyards has been a well-loved participant at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival for 25 years! Located in Watkins Glen, Lakewood Vineyards is just a 13 minute drive from the Festival grounds. This 80 acre farm-turned-vineyard is run by the Stamp family, who acquired the property as a peach and apple orchard in 1951. They pressed the grapes for their first vintage in 1988, and haven’t looked back. Today, Lakewood Vineyards grows 14 grape varieties and makes wine designed for every palate. It’s no wonder that Lakewood has been recognized as the Lemberger Winey of the Year (Berlin International Wine Competition, 2018), Upstate NY’s Best Winery (NewYorkUpstate.com, 2017), and has earned so many other awards. To plan your next tasting, shop their wines, or learn more about Lakewood Vineyards, check out their website: www.lakewoodvineyards.com