cabernet franc


cab·​er·​net franc ˌka-bər-ˈnā-ˈfräŋk How to pronounce cabernet franc (audio)
often capitalized C&F
: 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 Named for the historic Bella Union Railway, Bella Union combines Cabernet from their Rutherford Estate vineyards with classic Bordeaux varieties like malbec, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 6 Nov. 2023 Here are three examples: Chenin blanc from Vouvray, a sauvignon blanc with a regional appellation that rivals some of the more prestigious from more famous areas, and a complex cabernet franc that may inspire you to brave any autumn chill and fire up the grill. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 Their cabernet franc, viognier, pinot noir, and merlot, all draw travelers in — especially the oenophiles looking to go beyond cabernet sauvignon. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 14 June 2023 Six Mile Creek Vineyard's tasting room offers panoramic views of the vineyard, award-winning cabernet franc, and live music on Thursdays. Kelsey Fowler, Travel + Leisure, 1 Aug. 2023 Sometimes they are blended with cabernet franc and côt, the local name for malbec. Per and Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Specifically, a parent: cabernet sauvignon was made by cross pollinating sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc grapes. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 22 June 2023 This red blend is malbec, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2022 The first wine available to guests was viognier, but the portfolio has since evolved to also include chardonnay, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot under the Nicewonder family label, derived from the Nicewonder family crest, explains Sutherland. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


French, literally, pure cabernet

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cabernet franc was in 1886

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“Cabernet franc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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