cabernet franc

noun, often capitalized C&F
cab·​er·​net franc | \ ˌka-bər-ˈnā-ˈfräŋk How to pronounce cabernet franc (audio) , -ˈfräⁿ \

Definition of cabernet franc

: a dry red wine often used in blends (as with merlot or cabernet sauvignon)

Examples of cabernet franc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Loire Valley in France produces some delicious red wines from cabernet franc grapes. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This stunning Loire Valley cabernet franc will set you back just $20," 1 Nov. 2019 This is a blend of seven parts semillon and three parts cabernet franc, two grapes that rarely see bubbles. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "5 wines that can pair well with the variety of dishes on your Thanksgiving table," 22 Nov. 2019 The 2017 Peynaud-Bagnac, a blend of 65 percent merlot, 30 percent cabernet sauvignon and 5 percent cabernet franc, is textbook Bordeaux, with black fruit flavors and a mineral note commonly called graphite or pencil shavings. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Snag this juicy, French white wine for just $9," 27 Sep. 2019 Our top pick: the silky Writer’s Block cabernet franc from Lake County’s Steele Wines ($15). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Casinos put the sizzle in red-hot burger trend," 8 Sep. 2019 In 2019, his merlot and cabernet franc won gold medals in Jerry D. Mead’s New World International Wine Competition. Stacey Mckenna, The Know, "Colorado wine is finally coming into its own," 24 Aug. 2019 Bordeaux blends using grapes like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec were even better. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Home winemakers go for gold at Oregon State Fair competition," 14 Aug. 2019 Vintners are already responding by using more cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc in their blends. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Climate change is reshaping wine as we know it," 7 June 2019 Surprisingly, grapes that require a longer growing season, like cabernet franc, also make exceptional wines. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Ontario, Cool-Climate Wines of Beauty and Vision," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cabernet franc

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cabernet franc

French, literally, pure cabernet

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The first known use of cabernet franc was in 1886

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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cabernet franc.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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