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Cabernet Franc Day

Cheers to Cabernet Franc Day! Sip, savor, and celebrate this delicious red wine varietal with friends and loved ones.
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December 4
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Mark your calendars for December 4, because it's time to raise a glass and celebrate Cabernet Franc Day! This delicious red wine has been around since the 17th century and is known for its bold flavors of black cherry, plum, and spice. It also has a fascinating history – did you know that it was once believed to be the same grape as Cabernet Sauvignon? But as science progressed, it was discovered that they are actually two distinct varieties. So let's cheers to this special day by indulging in some Cabernet Franc and learning more about this beloved wine.

History of Cabernet Franc Day

Cabernet Franc Day Dates

Cabernet Franc Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1600s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cabernet Franc Origin</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cabernet Franc traces its origin to the 17th century in France. It was prominent in the vineyards of Bordeaux and Loire Valley.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1669</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cabernet Franc Record</div><div class='timeline-text'>The earliest recorded mention of Cabernet Franc in Bordeaux is found in the notes of the mayor of Libourne, dated to 1666-1669.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cabernet Franc Decoded</div><div class='timeline-text'>In 1997, scientists discovered that Cabernet Franc is one of two parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, the other being Sauvignon Blanc.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Cultivation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cabernet Franc started to be widely planted around the world, including in Italy, USA, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Cabernet Franc Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cabernet Franc Day was first celebrated by Dracaena Wines in Paso Robles, California, to give this underrated grape the recognition it deserves.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Cabernet Franc Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Cabernet Franc tasting</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends and family to try out different Cabernet Franc wines from different regions. It will be a fun and educational way to celebrate the day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local winery</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spend the day touring a nearby winery and learning about their Cabernet Franc production. You can also purchase a bottle or two to enjoy on Cabernet Franc Day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook with Cabernet Franc</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try incorporating Cabernet Franc into your cooking by making a delicious wine-infused dish. There are many recipes online that you can choose from!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a wine tour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Plan a trip to a nearby wine region and go on a wine tour specifically focused on Cabernet Franc. You'll learn more about the history and production of this delicious wine.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your love for Cabernet Franc on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Spread the word about Cabernet Franc Day by posting about it on social media. Share your favorite Cabernet Franc wine or a fun fact about the grape variety!</p></div></div>

Why We Love Cabernet Franc Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a chance to discover a new wine</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cabernet Franc Day is the perfect opportunity to try out a new wine. Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or just starting to explore the world of wine, Cabernet Franc offers a unique and delicious taste that's sure to please.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It pairs well with many foods</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cabernet Franc is known for its versatility when it comes to food pairings. It goes well with red meats, poultry, and even some fish dishes, making it a great choice for any occasion. So whether you're planning a dinner party or just enjoying a quiet night in, reach for the Cabernet Franc!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's an underrated varietal</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Despite being a close relative of the popular Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc often gets overshadowed. Celebrating Cabernet Franc Day is a great way to show support for this fantastic varietal and appreciate its unique qualities. Plus, it's always fun to root for the underdog!</p></div></div>

5 Unearthed Secrets of Cabernet Franc Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cabernet Franc Goes by Many Names</h3><p class='facts-content'>In different wine regions, Cabernet Franc goes by various names - it's known as Bouchet in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, and Breton in the Loire Valley.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Cabernet Franc Leaf has a Unique Shape</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike its offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon, the Cabernet Franc leaf has a unique shape with a lower lobe that’s larger than the central one – a characteristic that helps vintners identify it.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cabernet Franc Prefers Cooler Climate</h3><p class='facts-content'>Cabernet Franc is quite comfortable in slightly cooler climates and shorter growing seasons where it produces lighter body wines with prominent berry notes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cabernet Franc is Commonly used in Blends</h3><p class='facts-content'>Apart from being produced as a standalone wine, Cabernet Franc is often used to blend with other grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to add complexity and aromatics.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cabernet Franc is a Parent Grape to Several other Varieties</h3><p class='facts-content'>In addition to being one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc is also a parent to Merlot and Carménère - proving its significant influence in the viticulture world.</p></div></div>

Cabernet Franc Day FAQs

When is Cabernet Franc Day?

Cabernet Franc Day is celebrated on December 4th every year. In 2024 Cabernet Franc Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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