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Today I noticed that my special for-Heather’s-consumption-only bottle of Echo Canyon Cabernet Franc was missing — and it wasn’t too hard to figure out where it went. Since Mark doesn’t like wine, it had to be my peace-loving roommate, Michael, who drank it while I was gone. It was, in actuality, my fault since I had told him that everything in the kitchen could be shared — I just forgot to mention everything except the expensive bottle of wine that was known to be off limits by all previous roommates. I must admit, at first I was a bit miffed. Not only was the wine expensive ($40 is a heckuva lot for me to spend on wine!!), but it had sentimental value, and I was hoping to save it for a special occasion. Just last week, however, I was thinking that I should probably just drink it, because the longer I wait the more the anticipation builds, and the less likely I would be to find an occasion worthy of its use. Besides, a good wine should be enjoyed and not just looked at. And I don’t think this particular varietal ages well.

Anyhow, I’m over it now. Michael is honestly one of the nicest guys I’ve met, and so it’s really hard to be mad at something he had no intention of doing. I figure he can buy me another bottle sometime. I just hope he enjoyed it!! Lol. I have been looking online for places in the valley to purchase Echo Canyon wines (I really really liked their Cab Franc), in case I ever want to splurge again and don’t want to drive all the way to Sedona to buy it. Yes, you read that right, there’s a vineyard in Sedona that makes some top-notch wine in my opinion. Its just not your cheap everyday drinking wine, unfortunately.

I’ve been branching out in wines ever so slightly due to a recent wine-loving acquaintance. I much prefer drinking wine to any other alcoholic beverage. However, very few of my friends share my predilection for wine, so I really haven’t had the chance to experiment, let alone develop a repertoire of go-to wines for every occasion. I’m actually an extreme novice, and I can’t really afford to be anything else at the moment. The only thing I know for certain is that I prefer red to white wines. I will only drink white wine if it complements a particular meal, as with fish or chicken, or perhaps a spicy Thai or Indian dish. And I tend to be drawn toward the more full-bodied reds, with bold, complex flavors that explode in the mouth. I’d be pretty happy drinking a good Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, for example. I have yet to find one varietal that I can actually call my favorite, and I definitely don’t have a favorite winery yet. It would be nice to someday be able to distinguish not only among varietals, but among wineries and particularly vintages (the year in which the grapes were harvested to non-oenophiles).

So while I haven’t drunk very many wines for comparison, I can say that for now the cabernet franc is currently among my favorites. We’ll see if it stands the tests of time. In my research on cabernet francs, I came across the following snippet, which I thought was intriguing. If you’ve watched Sideways, maybe you’ll know this reference. I need to rewatch it since it’s been a long time since I saw it and I enjoyed it the first time around.

“Along with merlot and chardonnay, cabernet franc put in a cameo in the movie Sideways, and it, too, was disparaged by Miles, the main character, played by Paul Giamatti. But unlike merlot and chardonnay, cabernet franc got the last laugh: Late in the film, Miles, in a fit of despondency, sucks down his prized bottle of 1961 Cheval Blanc at a local burger joint, evidently having forgotten that he doesn’t like cabernet franc. Of course, if any wine could change his opinion of the grape, it would be Cheval Blanc—or Ausone or Lafleur. Unfortunately, these are not the cheapest advertisements: All three wines fetch $125-$300 per bottle in less exalted vintages, $400 and up in stellar ones.”

Also, interesting to note, in the film Ratatouille, food critic Anton Ego requests a bottle of 1947 Château Cheval Blanc with dinner.

Maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough to experience a Cheval Blanc.

And here are some tasting notes on the cabernet franc, mostly for my future reference but also for anyone else whose curiosity might be piqued enough to try it.

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