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Dezel Quillen
Cabernet Franc. As you can see, I enjoyed it w/ grilled dried aged burgers last year. 
"Fresh berries and violets are synonymous with spring. Add approachability, herbal nuances, balanced acidity, a dash of spice, and light tannins and you’re ready to fire up the pit and enjoy the day with friends and a good bottle of Cabernet Franc. On the next visit to your local wine shop, ask the salesperson if he or she can recommend a solid bottle of Cabernet Franc or Loire Valley Chinon (same grape just named after the French appellation). You should be able to find something for under $20 that’s both satisfying and marries well with grilled fare." 
Dezel Quillen
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  • Snooth User: rossmary00
    1049805 2

    Dear Snooth, I'm not certain where your wine cognescenti hang their hats, but I don't recognize the names from this vast area between East & West coasts, esp. Chicagoland. I'm the wine columnist for the Daily Herald, published in & around Chicago & would be happy to represent the Prairie Division in Snooth. Please contact me at Rossmary00@aol.com. Good wine & health 'til then, Mary Ross

    Apr 02, 2014 at 1:19 PM

  • Mary Ross, are you the same Master Sommelier I met years ago in Chicago when I worked at Four Farthings???? The daughter of a liquor distributor, one who told me that in order to learn wine when she was young that she forced herself to taste 6 wines a day, regardless of how she was feeling?--Lucy (then Francis) Rogers

    Apr 02, 2014 at 1:29 PM

  • Snooth User: intellmkt
    1418066 30

    Why would someone include a wine in "My Favorite Wines for Spring" and then, in the wine review, say "needs two years."?

    Apr 02, 2014 at 3:05 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Jennings
    Hand of Snooth
    780161 125,284

    Fair point Intellmkt. The Occhipinti Frappato is usually ready to drink when released, but the 2010 was a little tighter than usual. That tasting note dates back to when it was released. I'd say you're in good shape reaching for this Frappato this Spring, any vintage you can find.

    Apr 02, 2014 at 6:42 PM

  • I don't know about Chicago but I'm in Milwaukee and the Helioterra Pinot Noir is available here.


    Apr 02, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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