The Tasting

Franc-ly my dear, we are fans of this rather finicky and definitely unique grape. Whether part of a blend or shining on its own, Cabernet Franc is a noble grape. Because of our mutual affection for it, we held our annual celebration – FrancFest! Those of us who grow and/or vinify Cabernet Franc gathered for an afternoon of all things Franc with a casual tasting of Cabernet Francs from Central Coast producers.

The Tasting was held beside the vineyard pond and was a relaxing and tasty afternoon. We tasted Cabernet Franc wines and blends containing Cabernet Franc from twenty wineries, accompanied by grilled appetizers and serenaded by live music from Ray Fortune.

Guests received a crystal Bordeaux glass for the tasting, which they took home to enjoy with their favorite Cabernet Franc wines.

Ray Fortune - Musician

Ray Fortune has been writing and recording music for the last 15 years. While playing in several successful bands in Santa Barbara and Orange County, Ray always keeps an acoustic guitar and a studio close at hand. He now lives in Santa Ynez Valley and last year released his latest album That Was Very Big Of Me. Ray is also a member of the hot new band Wil Ridge.

Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

Because farming and agriculture is what we do, proceeds from the day will benefit the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, which works to preserve and enhance our county’s natural open spaces and agricultural heritage for to present and future generations.
Please visit their website to learn more.