Cabernet franc is an orphan grape, and although it's made a home in the Loire Valley of France, its nature is to roam free. With wineries like Broc Cellars and Division Winemaking Company producing juicy, vegetal renditions of cab franc, with a foot in the States and the other in France, it's evident that the adventurous grape has taken a liking to the new world.Read More
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Conversation is the true centerpiece of any good holiday gathering. Whether it's family or friends, new or old, we gather to acknowledge each other, to talk and to listen. Notoriously, some talk more than others. But there are simple ways to encourage the good kinds of chatter.
Busting out a large format bottle of some sexy red wine will engage a room as fast as you can say the words Grab a glass. Folks aren't really used to it. A magnum speaks up and says, No matter what else, we're doing something special tonight. Together. Everyone's involved. A bottle like this focuses everyone's attention and steers the conversation towards what is shared, more so than what is not. Call it anecdotal, but I'm here to say it works.Read More