Did you know that Cabernet Franc is one of the five allowable
grapes in a Bordeaux red wine?
That Cabernet Franc originated in Bordeaux France?
That Cabernet Franc is an older varietal than Cabernet Sauvignon?
In fact, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc are the parents
of Cabernet Sauvignon!
and taste the difference that terroir makes to this ancient
grape, while surrounded by the peacefully aging wines in
the barrel room at Buttonwood. Join Patrick Will as he takes
us on a journey of Cabernet Franc from around the world, starting
with a rosé, then moving through the Loire,
and then to three more internationally-styled wines from
Bordeaux, Tuscany, and South Africa. A rare treat to taste
and learn about many different styles of Cabernet Franc,
all in one sitting!
completing his Masters in Musicology at Cornell University
Patrick lectured and taught Music and English there until 1986,
when he entered the wine trade full time after
moving to Boston. In 1987 he was named "Grand
Wizard of California Wine" by a trade
group seeking the most "
California wine-knowledgeable" retail or restaurant employee
in the US. He moved to Santa Barbara County
in 1987 to manage the sales at Firestone Vineyard,
and became General Manager thereof in 1989. He served as President
of the Board of Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association
from 1991 through 1994. In 1996 Patrick joined
Frederick Ek to form Ex Cellars Wine Agencies,
Inc., an importer of Fine Wines, and is currently serving as Vice-President of Brand Management and Development for VINTUS.