St. Ambrose Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc

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Although Benzie County’s St. Ambrose Cellars primary focus is on honey-based meads, they also produce a line of grape wines that can’t be ignored. One in particular, the St. Ambrose Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, is a delicious, varietal-correct wine, made from grapes grown in the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation. Earthy and rich, the medium-bodied palate offers plenty to likeRead more

The Wine Label

The back label of wine bottles can be valuable real estate. Unfortunately, this area is often overlooked. I recently opened an old favorite from my cellar, the Millbrook Cabernet Franc. Nearly 6 years ago, I tried my first New York wine, a Millbrook Pinot Noir. Ironically, I was staying at the W Times Square andRead more

Kinkead Ridge 2010 Cabernet Franc

I’m behind, way behind in keeping up with this site. No excuses, although my lapse is due to my love for local wine. I’ve been working tirelessly on an exciting, new website supporting the industry. I hope to share the news next week (so stay tuned). In the meantime, I hope to return to regularlyRead more

Ravines Wine Cellars 2010 Cabernet Franc

There are moments when I think I could only drink one regions wine and be perfectly happy. The Finger Lakes happens to be one of those such regions. I credit Lenn Thompson and the New York Cork Report for the introduction and making my bank account a bit smaller. What started with an invite toRead more

Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve

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Overshadowed by its bigger brother, the outstanding Octagon, Barboursville Vineyards produces a reserve Cabernet Franc that can stand toe-to-toe with any in the world. The Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve is the house red wine at the world famous “The Inn at Little Washington“, the only Five Star and Five Diamond inn and restaurant in America.Read more

Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc

A small number of wines and wineries have developed an almost cult-like following east of the west coast. Paumanok Vineyards Chenin Blanc, Barboursville Vineyards Octagon and rockstar-turned-winemaker, Maynard James Keenan portfolio of wines have all been certified platinum by wine writers and critics alike. After tasting the Kinkead Ridge 2008 Cabernet Franc, I’m convinced theRead more

2 Lads 2008 Cabernet Franc

Very rarely does a wine label provide a window into a wineries principles. Bold, modern and true, the foundations of 2 Lads Winery. The second winery featured on my tour of the Old Mission Peninsula, 2 Lads Winery is a modern, contemporary winery with 22 acres of vineyards. Specializing in cool-climate red and sparkling wines,Read more