(Last Updated On: December 15, 2022)


On December 4th, Cabernet Franc Day celebrates this exquisite wine. Also known as Cab Franc Day, this is a day to learn more about this kind of wine.

Cabernet Franc is often referred to as the father of another popular wine, Cabernet Sauvignon. This is because Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc forged together to make Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc is usually used as a blending grape in Bordeaux. This black grape is usually blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.

However, lovers of this grape want people to know Cab Franc is so much more than a blending grape. The grape makes a delicious medium-bodied red wine. It produces a mouthwatering taste and bell pepper-like. Other flavors associated with the wine include raspberry, black cherry, raspberry, and chili pepper.

Cab Franc Pairings

This delicious black grape wine also pairs well with a variety of foods:

  • Meats – Roasted pork, beef stew, turkey with cranberry or roasted lamb.
  • Cheeses – Feta, goat cheese, and blue cheese.
  • Vegetables – Roasted red peppers, grilled eggplant, mushrooms, and spinach.
  • Herbs and spices – Dishes seasoned with oregano, sage, red pepper flakes, and jalapeno.

Other names for Cabernet Franc include Bordo, Bouchy, Cabernet Franco, and Cabernet Fank. The wine first became popular in France during the 1600s. It wasn’t until 100 years later that the grape was planted elsewhere. Today, Cabernet Franc wine is produced in California, New York, Washington, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Italy, and New Zealand.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CabernetFrancDay

Restaurants and liquor stores have specials on Cabernet Franc wine. They also host wine tastings, wine-making demonstrations, and events that educate others on this type of wine. You can participate no matter where you are. Whether you’re at home relaxing, out with friends, or having a special dinner, be sure to have a glass. Please also share on social media with #CabernetFranceDay or #CabFrancDay.


Lori Budd, one of the top 15 wine bloggers in the United States, created Cabernet Franc Day in 2015. She did so to celebrate her favorite grape and chose December 4th as it is the anniversary of Cardinal Richelieu’s death. The Cardinal transported the first cuttings of the cabernet franc grapevines to the Loire Valley in southwest France where the wine was first established.


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