4th Annual International Cabernet Franc Wine Competition & Celebration Registration Is Now Open

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Who is this event for? For the 4th Annual Cabernet Franc Celebration, we have opened it up to both domestic and international producers of Cabernet Franc. Last year we had 12 states and four countries participating in the event representing some 70+ wines. Also it is for both those producing a Cabernet Franc varietal wine and for blends being 50% or higher with Cabernet Franc.

Why hold this event? It is to show the uniqueness and versatility of Cabernet Franc. To celebrate the wine as so much more than a blending grape. As Steven Kent Mirassou stated “Cabernet Franc, in its purest form, is all about sex. From the silkiness of its texture, to the exoticism of its aromas; from the raciness of its acidity to its emotion-prodding “it-ness”, Cabernet Franc is terrifyingly and wonderfully naughty”. Cabernet Franc has adapted and transformed its personality from Chile, France, Canada, the east coast of the US, the Michigan peninsula, the Midwest and the west coast of the US.

How will the competition be judged? The event will be a blind tasting using the “Danish System”, sometimes called the group method. Unique to this event, two separate judging stations will be set up. The first will comprise of Professional Judges and the second being the People’s Choice Judges (serious consumers). Each set of Judges will award medals and award Best of Class and Best of Show based on price categories of wines (5).

Who are the judges? Tom Bender has agreed once again to head up the Professional Judging Panel(s). Tom has headed up the California Sierra Foothill Competition for over 35 years, served on California State Fair Judges, is a well-known writer for various wine magazines and teaches at a local college. Other judges include Mike Dunne retired food editor, wine columnist for the Sacramento Bee, distinguished judge at San Francisco Chronicle and other events, Fran Cunniffe a DipWSET and certified Sommelier, Tana Cole winemaker from Sonoma Valley & Lodi, and WSET I, II and III individuals. People Choice’s Judges are astute individuals with years of experience and collectors. All judges are prepared with extensive documentation and profiles on Cabernet Franc’s characteristics from various geographic areas.

Benefits for wineries participating? National exposure from California Wines and Wineries website which will run a full feature article on those receiving Best of Class and Best of Show (domestic and international). The story will also be sent to 70+ blogs for reposting and all social media for a reach of over 400,000. Additionally it will be submitted to two magazines with a reach of an additional 500,000 readership. The Best of Show winners will also be featured on the Cabernet Franc Day site, a Facebook blog and a podcast featured by Exploring the Wine Glass. Klearcut Media (Texas) has been invited to be on site to video graph the event for public relations for Copper Valley GC and Town Center.

Where is the event being held? It is being held at the recently remodeled Copper Valley Clubhouse in Copperopolis, California (Sierra foothills) March 29th, 2023 in the Grandview Room.

2023 registration can be found at https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2023-international-cab-franc-celebration/
Last Year’s Annual Cabernet Franc Winners of Best of Class and Best of Show include:
Jeff Runquist – Best of Class (Amador County)Villa Vallecito – Best of Class & Best of Show (Calaveras County)Titus Family Vineyards – Best of Class (Napa Valley)L’Autre Cote – Best of Class (Livermore Valley)Kautz & Kramer – Best of Class (Lodi)Dracaena Wines – Best of Class and Best of Show (Paso Robles)De Tierra Vineyards – Best of Class (Monterey)Bianchi Winery – Best of Class (Paso Robles)Cornerstone Cellars – Best of Class (Napa Valley)

Partial listing of previous year’s winners of Best of Class and Best of Show include: Diamond Mountain Vineyards (Napa Valley), Vinoce (Napa Valley), Shale Canyon (Monterey County), Steven Kent (Livermore Valley), Cuda Ridge (Livermore Valley), Grizzly Peak (Colorado), Silenus Winery (Napa Valley), Brecon Estate (Paso Robles), 3 Steves (Livermore Valley), Detert Family Vineyards (Napa Valley), Mira Winery (Napa Valley) and several others.

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Two Additional Events open to the public will follow the competition:The first event is scheduled for past Best of Class and Best of Show winners or runner ups to pour at a Cabernet Franc Wine Stroll on Saturday April 15th, 2023. This will include an exquisite 30 foot charcuterie board. There will be two sessions, 11:30 am to 2 pm and 2:30 pm to 5 pm and limited to 125 per session. Details and ticket information will be available mid-February. The wineries will have the option to pour their other wines also.The second event is a gourmet dinner featuring four invited Cabernet Franc wine producers on Saturday April 22nd, 2023 in the evening. This will be limited seating for 120 people. Dinner will be provided by Executive Chef Jaime Alderete. Details and ticket information will be available mid-February.
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