It is hard to believe that it December is almost here. Although, I feel like it has been an eternity getting here, since there has been Christmas decorations in the stores since before Halloween! Thankfully, the holiday season is almost upon us, but more importantly, Cabernet Franc Day is almost here.
I say this all the time. I am humbled by how expansive this holiday has become. Back in 2015, when I created the holiday, I never imagined that it would become so popular. It is recognized not only here in the United States, but in countries around the globe. There have been countless articles written about the day. And each and every one I read, warms my soul.
To know that something I created is appreciated by so many is an incredible feeling. And I hope that the story behind the holiday is doing what it was intended to…. increase the awareness that Cabernet Franc is worthy of being more than a blending grape.
In honor of this year’s holiday, I wanted to share a few ways that you can participate in the celebration.
Cabernet Franc is often relegated as a blending grape. But these winemakers understand that it is a grape variety that is worthy as a single varietal wine. The conversation will include behind the scenes stories of how the wines are made, tasting through wines, and discussions of how Cabernet Franc grows in various regions.
Sit down virtually with winemakers who produce single varietal Cabernet Franc. Discussion will include how Cabernet Franc grows it different regions, the characteristics you can expect in your glass, and why Cabernet Franc is worthy of so much more than a blending grape.
You will be able to ask the winemakers questions. No purchase is necessary to participate, but if you would like to purchase a bottle to taste along with the winemakers, feel free to do so.
Cabernet Franc Day – Seminar, Tastings, and Perfect Food Pairings
Paso Robles invites you to celebrate Cabernet Franc, the genesis grape of Bordeaux. Renowned wine educator, Wes Hagen, will lead a discussion and tasting of Cab Francs from regions around the world, followed by the grand tasting where leading Paso Robles producers will showcase their expression of the varietal.
Secure your tickets by November 15th to receive our early bird pricing.
All Access Tickets Seminar + Grand Tasting: $145 Early Bird / $160 Regular
The event has two sessions:
Seminar on Cabernet Francs around the world – $65 Early Bird / $80 Regular
10:30 am to Noon | 50 tickets
PRESENTATION | Discover how Cabernet Franc thrives around the world. Wine Educator, Wes Hagen, will lead a 45 min presentation on Cab Francs from around the world, covering the 6 regions of West Coast (Paso, Napa, Washington), East Coast – Finger Lakes, Loire, Bordeaux, Bolgheri, Southern Hemisphere (Chile, Argentina, and South Africa) and Villány as well.
WINE | We will taste one wine from each of the wine regions.
Grand Tasting Cabernet Francs of Paso Robles – $95 Early Bird / $110 Regular
Noon to 3 pm | 150 tickets
WINE | Each winery will pour varietal Cabernet Francs or a blend with Cabernet Franc as a dominant grape.
FOOD | Chef Charlie has worked with Neeta Mittal to pair the passed appetizers with the various expressions of Cabernet Franc. Additionally, guests will also be treated a decliously curated grazing table to pair with your tasting.
IG Live with Winemakers
Be sure to follow me on Instagram to watch my IG Lives with several winemakers. Each day, I will sit down with a different winery and discuss their Cabernet Franc. We will get a bit geeky and enjoy a glass together. Find and follow me here.
Join me on December 4th on Twitter where I will be posting fun Cabernet Franc facts all day long. The day will culminate with a twitter chat at 5pmPT/8pmET. We’ll be discussing all things Cabernet Franc. So be sure to grab a bottle (or two) of Cabernet Franc and join in the conversation.
Be sure to head to over to Cab Franc Day’s facebook page. Post your Cabernet Franc pictures, talk to other Cab Franc lovers and see information about wineries that are dedicated to proving Cab Franc is more than a blending grape. Also, be sure to check out Cab Franc Day’s website. There you can see articles about Cab Franc as well as checking out more wineries.
A Love Story
And just for fun please click play for a short love story involving Cab Franc.
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