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Carl Hudson
 
December 21, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Sparkling Wines – Great for the Holidays

Sparkling wines always seem to conjure up visions of celebrations and special occasions. They can be made by several different methods, from almost any grape, range from sweet to totally dry, and be white, rosé or red. With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, this seemed like a good time to highlight sparkling wines.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
December 7, 2016 | Carl Hudson

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Ruby Cabernet – What’s the Difference?

Let’s start this segment by discussing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, two of the five varietals allowed in French Bordeaux red wines (the others ? Merlot, Petite Verdot & Malbec). Cabernet Sauvignon is not an ancient varietal, having been developed as a cross between Cabernet Franc (red) and Sauvignon Blanc (white) in the late 1600’s. This ancestry was confirmed as recently as 1996 by DNA testing at UC-Davis. Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab S) is the world’s most widely planted grape, and arguably the most famous varietal. It is grown in almost every major wine region in the world, and has found special success in California (Napa Vly), Washington (Columbia River Vly), Australia, Chile, Spain and Italy (Super Tuscan blends). Cab S is also the most widely planted varietal in the state of Texas, estimated at well-over 600 acres.  Continue »

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