At Hopey and Co., we have been adding and will continue to add selections of Cabernet Franc. This interesting grape is a strangely unrecognized varietal, yet it is widely planted in France, as well in nearly every other wine producing country. In the past 100 years, it has taken a back seat to the illustrious Cabernet Sauvignon, which is actually a cross between Cab Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
As interesting as this may be, I bring up Cabernet Franc because it is a great summer-time red for those who tend toward big, bold red wines. This is due to fact that it passed down the deep berries, herbaceous spice, and tobacco to Cabernet Sauvignon… but with a soft side. Cab Franc’s delicate fragrance, lower acidity, and softer tannins make it the Cab lover’s summer Cab.