California Cabernet Franc

Halcyon California Cabernet Franc

If Hwy 101 had a wine

Made from Cabernet Franc grapes, this wine smells like pepper trees, drinks like cherry pie, and finishes with the scent of lavender in the air. Classically, this grape in known to the Loire Valley and Bordeaux in France, but here in California, it takes on a completely different expression. It’s plump and juicy, so crazy friendly and takes on the bounty of fresh produce and flora that CA is known for.


Cabernet Franc


Camino Alto Vineyard, El Dorado, California

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The perfect ‘in between’ red

Delicious With

With bright acidity and lower tannin, this pairs with a variety of foods. Great with lots of fresh herbs: oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, pepper. Try with tomato or vinegar-based sauces, rich lentils, black or pinto beans, sunchokes, or mushrooms. Beautiful with goat or feta cheese too.

Their Cred

This husband and wife team, Tyler and Kim Elwell, make every style of wine from this one grape variety: Cabernet Franc. They’re obsessed with the possibilities of this grape, known mostly for it’s appearance in Bordeaux and Loire Valley wines of France. But these two lovebirds…they artfully make every style, a sparkling, white, rosé, and red from Cabernet Franc. Sourcing from sustainable vineyards all over Cali, they find the best fruit for each style. They live in Napa, make wine in Sonoma, and this is only their side gig. With ‘regular’ jobs in the wine and media space, they are killing it with their ‘hobby.’ #lifegoals

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