Monday, February 18, 2019

Please join us as we discover Cabernet Franc Around the World for #WinePW

Cabernet Franc used to be best known for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec to become a Bordeaux, one of the most beloved wines in the world.

image from Wine Folly found on Google Images

Lately, though this black grape is becoming a star all of it's own.  The Medieval town of Chinon in France's Loire Valley has always used Cab Franc as their main varietal yet, depending on the soil and area in which it is grown (the terroir) Chinon wines can be very different from each other.

Tech Sheet from Draceana Wines found on Google Images.

Here on this side of the globe, Cab Franc is becoming more popular and thrives in California.  In fact, one of our members of this group, Lori, owns Draceana Wines in California that specializes in Cabernet Franc.  Unfortunately, I am unable to purchase her wines here in Michigan but can't wait to try it the next time I am out west.

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Photo from Google Images

Not to despair though, as Cab Francs become more popular they are getting easier to find wherever you live.   Now is the time to purchase too before everyone discovers them and the demand gets large.  Cab Francs are full bodied and fruity.  They are wonderfully tanic but not so much as to not be enjoyable on it's own and they age beautifully.  That means if you purchase now, while demand is low and price is reasonable you can place them in your cellar and in 10 years have a very dear and expensive bottle in your collection that you can open to enjoy.

I enjoyed this bottle of Cab Franc from South Africa in 2016 when this group last visited this varietal.  I loved it and it has stuck in my mind, hence my choosing this theme for this month's event.

I have asked my fellow bloggers at Wine Pairing Weekend to join me in exploring Cabernet Franc Around the World this month.  We will be getting together to discuss the wines we tasted and the pairings we made on March 9th at 11 AM ET following #winepw.  We would love to have you join us.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Crock-Pot Spinach and Chicken Lasagna #OurFamilyTable

Though not beautiful, this creamy lasagna cooked up in a slow cooker using leftover chicken is amazingly delicious and super easy.

Join the members of From Our Dinner Table as we share Slow Cooker Recipes.....

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Dreaming of Provence with a Rabbit Lasagna and a Clos Cibbone #Winophiles

Tender layers of noodles, rabbit and mushroom ragout, and a brie and truffle bechamel will swear that you are in Heaven....or at least Provence.

I made this amazing dinner to pair with a Provencal wine after reading A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle for our French Winophiles group.

Pappa al Pomodoro #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This hearty tomato and bread soup is a filling meal all by itself.  Pair it with a salad and dinner is served.

Please join the Soup Saturday Swappers crew as we share Italian Soups today........

Friday, February 15, 2019

Korks and Kisses and the Weekly Menu

Last Sunday we attended a Wine Tasting Dinner with our good friends, Bob and Cathy, who live in Houghton Lake.

It was a wonderful time and I can't wait to share it with you......

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pasta with Wine Herb Sauce #ImprovCookingChallenge

This quick and easy dish is perfect for those days when you walk into the house starving after a long day without any idea of what you are making for dinner.

I'm taking part in the Improv Cooking Challenge......

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Navajo Tacos and a Book Review

Indian Fry Bread topped with seasoned ground meat and beans, topped with cheese, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.

I was inspired to make this dish after reading Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie for our Lit Happens Book Club.
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