Glamping in Groveland (California) with Wood Family Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Franc

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Last weekend spent some time “glamping” with one of our daughters, her husband and three grandchildren. Did a preview of one of three wines being released first week of September by Wood Family Vineyards.

The 2018 Wood Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc is perhaps her best to date. On the eyes a dark ruby red and medium heavy viscosity.  On the nose blackberry, cherry and violets were dominant. On the palate, plum and caramel pipe tobacco engulfed the mouth with milk chocolate. The finish was medium with soft edges and extremely smooth with an earthiness, an absence of any strong pyrazines and a soft and smooth landing with a hint of vanilla.

Paired with a grilled filet mignon with seasonings and baked beans with ground chuck and many spices prepared and brought with us before going camping. The exquisite paper plate was the only option to highlight this wonderful meal. It reminded me of the adage “clothes does not make the man” or in this case “the China does not make the meal”.

I know Rhonda Wood is entering this wine into the Annual Cabernet Franc Wine Competition (Blind tasting) which has two sets of judges: Professional and People’s Choice. Would not be surprised if this did win a few awards.

While the wine and food presentation may not be glamorous, the wine was a glorious beauty even in plastic wine glasses and the accompanied food on paper China (ok paper plates!).




One thought on “Glamping in Groveland (California) with Wood Family Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Franc

    Stephen Kramer said:
    August 20, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Hello Michael, Great report, Thank you. I look forward to enjoying this on our next travels to Livermore. Cheers, Steve Kramer

    Sent from my iPad



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