Cabernet Franc is a wine with quite a history. It’s origins go all the way back to the 17th century, where it was first planted in the Libournais region in the southwest of France. Here in Oregon, and in places all over the world, Cabernet franc is commonly used in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These wines are called Bordeaux blends, and are one of my absolute favorites.
When I recently walked into the Falling Sky Delicatessen (if you haven’t gone – check out their amazing selections of house made pastramis!) and spotted a single varietal Cabernet Franc available, I had to give it a shot. It was fantastic! It was a little spicy, earthy, and popping with big berry flavors. It was very reminiscent of the Pinot noir wines I am accustomed to. In addition to this one by VELOX Wine Works, you can find Cabernet Franc wines all over Oregon. Abacela, Spangler Vineyards, and Sylvan Ridge are just a few to pick from. I drank mine with a “Barley & Sirloin” soup and it was great. Although a nice smoked ham or a creamy mushroom sauce would pair excellent. Cheers!