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2022 May Cellar Specials

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About Francos

Service, selection and competitive pricing have been our legacy for over 80 years.

Francos specializes in fine wine and single malt scotch, with selections from throughout the world. We have excellent wines from France — with a large selection from the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions — and from Italy, Australia, Spain, and the US including many outstanding California wines.

While we have wine from the larger known vineyards such as Cakebread, Caymus, Silver Oak, Far Niente, Jadot, and Latour, we also have a wide selection of boutique wines from throughout the world. Our champagne selection includes Dom Perignon, Cristal, and Grand Dame from Veuve Clicquot.

We also take pride in our wide selection of single malt scotch.

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Spring Hours

Our hours of operation for Spring 2022 are as follows:

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed Sunday and Monday

Local orders received after Saturday will not be delivered until Tuesday..

2020 La Perrière Sancerre — Lobsters Beware

2020 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre

Today we visit the appellation of Sancerre where we find the Saget La Perrière house and their 2020 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre ($31.99). The first sense of the magnitude of the 2020 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) is the exceptional brilliant color the wine showcases in the glass. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes in this wine produce aromas of white flowers, peach and acacia, with a developed taste of mineral and white fruit. This wine is simply flawless and will seamlessly pair with most any seafood dish from a simple plate of oysters to a classic Sole Meunière and is definitely a perfect pairing if you are ready for the first lobster of the season. At this Saturday's tasting, we pour the newly arrived 2021 La Val Albariño ($15.99) and the 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99). Pictured, the 2020 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) ... (read more)

Francos is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Please read below for our Delivery & Curbside Services

Francos is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. We are closed Sunday and Monday.

In addition to in store shopping and pickup, we offer Free Local Delivery, Curbside Service and FedEx Delivery.

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Caymus Cabernet — Some Classics Never Fade

2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Chuck Wagner founded Caymus Vineyards almost 50 years ago; in that time the Wagner family has produced some of the most celebrated wines in Napa. Their most recent release, the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) continues the legacy. This Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with special harvesting technique which, along with the climate and soil of Napa, come together to produce a deep red wine with layers of flavors consisting of cocoa, cassis and ripe berry. Our limited inventory will go quickly. Saturday we're tasting the 2018 Château Fongaban ($17.99) and the 2020 Ragotiere Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine ($13.99). Pictured, the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) ... (read more)

Derby Day Bourbon Selections from Francos

 Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke Bourbon

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, and the focus here this week is bourbon. We have the traditional Kentucky selections from Four Roses and Basil Hayden. We also have two worthy entries right here in Connecticut, the Litchfield Distillery Batchers Bourbon ($45.99) is distilled in Litchfield, while the Sono 1420 BBN Bourbon ($59.99) comes from South Norwalk. This Saturday we're tasting a red wine from Sicily, the 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99) and a white wine, the 2018 Jean Paul Brun Chardonnay ($17.99), from France. Pictured, the Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke Bourbon ($52.99) ... (read more)

Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge - Uncork the Loire

2019 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge

This week's featured wine, the 2019 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge ($29.99), comes from the Sancerre region in the Loire. Domaine Riverdy produces this 100% Pinot Noir from vines with an average age of 30 years, giving us a bright and inviting cherry red wine that pulls us in with flavors of vibrant red fruit and eases into a gentle finish. Saturday, in addition to the 2019 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge ($29.99), we'll also be tasting the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99), a delicious French Sauvignon Blanc. Pictured, the 2019 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rouge ($29.99) ... (read more)

2018 Faiveley Nuits Saint Georges - Where Burgundy Begins

2018 Faiveley Nuits Saint Georges

This week's featured wine has us once again in Burgundy, with the 2018 Faiveley Nuits Saint Georges ($74.99). Once you give this intense garnet red wine a swirl in the glass, you're greeted by aromas of fruit, oak, and spice. This is a textbook example of Pinot Noir from Nuit-Saint-George, right up to the seductive, delicate finish. Saturday we'll be tasting the 2020 Vérizet Viré Clessé ($18.99) and the 2019 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($29.99). Pictured, the 2018 Faiveley Nuits Saint Georges ($74.99) ... (read more)

Mâconnais Madness - The Wines of Dominique Lafon

2020 Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Prisse

This week we're featuring white wines produced by Dominique Lafon in the Mâonnais district of Burgundy. First, the 2020 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Prisse ($32.99) has a fleshy, bright flavor. Next, the 2020 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Saint Véran ($42.99) showcases a well balanced flavor of fruit and terroir, coming from vines no younger than 25 years. Finally, the 2020 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Pouilly Fuisse en Chatenay ($54.99) comes from 50+ year old vines deliver an elegant and textured, full-bodied wine. Saturday we taste the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99) and the 2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($29.99). Pictured, the 2020 Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Prisse ($32.99) ... (read more)

Bergström Cumberland Reserve - Willamette Winner

2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir

The warmer weather and focus on spring menus brings us to Oregon, where the Bergström Family brings us two dark and vibrant Pinot Noirs blended from the best appelations in the Willamette Valley. First, the 2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99) is a cherry colored wine with explosive aromas. A bit higher up we find the 2017 Bergström Silice Pinot Noir ($82.99) carries a boutique of candied fruit with just ripe berries and complex nuances of smoke and spice. Saturday we taste the 2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99), as well as the 2020 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre ($31.99), a terrific wine from the Loire. Pictured, the 2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99) ... (read more)

Saturday Wine Tastings Return with Colli di Lapio

2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino

This week we will celebbate the return of our Saturday Wine Tastings with a visit to Southern Italy, specifically the vineyard of Colli di Lapio in the region of Campania. We'll have two wines open, the 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99) and the 2019 Colli di Lapio Irpinia Campi Taurasini ($22.99). The 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99) would make a great pairing for almost any seafood dish as well as many of your white meat recipes and is a perfect choice for an Italian white. The 2019 Colli di Lapio Irpinia Campi Taurasini ($22.99) is a full-bodied red wine and pairs well with rich meats with a high fat content such as a traditional beef braciola dinner. If you are fan of earth-driven, rustic Italian wines, this is the wine you want to try. Pictured, the 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99) ... (read more)

Flowers Winery — Perfect for Spring

2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

This week's featured wines are from Flowers Vineyard & Winery. The 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99) benefits from organic and sustainable farming practices. They carefully nurture this particular vineyard which enjoys the Pacific coast's bright sunny days, cool evening breezes and chilly evening fog — all of which ensures proper ripening, lively acidity and freshness of their fruit. While the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99) will pair nicely with a delicious piece of halibut or swordfish, if you roast a chicken with the spring herbs of the season, you'd have a smashing spring pairing. The 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($47.99) also benefits from the same cool breezes and climate and from organic and sustainable farming. It boasts a deep garnet color and aromas of cherry and spice, and a pronounced flavor of red currants and cranberries. This wine will pair perfectly with that first steak off the grill. Pictured, the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99) ... (read more)

Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay — Sonoma's Gem

2018 Paul Hobbs River Valley Chardonnay

Our featured wine this week is the 2018 Paul Hobbs River Valley Chardonnay ($53.99). This vineyard site is bordered by the Pacific ocean on one side and the Mayacamas Mountain range on the other side. This means that all day long the grapes soak up the heat and the sunshine; then at night they enjoy a gentle cooldown as the fog and the coastal breeze moves in. This unique micro-climate helps produce a Chardonnay that is bright and vibrant in the glass with lush flavors of white peach and with notes of almond and herbs on the nose. This wine's silky palate also enjoys a balanced, natural acidity that leads you directly into a long, lingering finish. The 2018 Paul Hobbs River Valley Chardonnay ($53.99) is the perfect wine as we start to transition from our winter to spring menus. Pictured, the 2018 Paul Hobbs River Valley Chardonnay ($53.99) ... (read more)

Saint-Bris is Back!

2019 William Fevre Saint Bris

After a long absence, one of our most popular wines of last season has made a return: the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99). While Burgundy is home of the Chardonnay grape, there are a handful of exceptions and one such exception comes from William Fèvre in the appellation of Saint-Bris which grows Sauvignon Blanc grape. The 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99) is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grape and has a fresh and intense bouquet. While terrific with grilled fish, seafood and oysters, this wine will also pair perfectly with a simple charcuterie board or travel all the way up the ladder to scallops in a lemon/saffron cream sauce. Pictured, the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99) ... (read more)

Discover Domaine Eden

2017 Domaine Eden Chardonnay

South of San Francisco in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, we find the home of Domaine Eden. Purchased by Mount Eden Estates in 2007, the vineyards of Domaine Eden were founded and built by the late Tom Mudd in 1983 when it was the former Cinnabar Winery. Now under the Domaine Eden label, this winery has a major focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This week our featured wines are the 2017 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($28.99), perfect paired with roast chicken or grilled swordfish, and the 2017 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir ($39.99), perfect with steak. Pictured, the 2017 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($28.99) ... (read more)

Under $20 Bordeaux are Back

2016 Chateau Mayne Vieil

Our best-selling wines from last fall are back! We just received another shipment of our Under $20 Bordeaux and they are all on sale at Francos Wine Merchants. While Bordeaux often conjures up thoughts of higher end wines from the many famous regions and chateaux of France, there are plenty of modest wines that we can enjoy including the 2016 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99), the 2018 Château Fongaban ($17.99), the 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99) and the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99). All four of these wines will make excellent pairings for your end of winter menus. Pictured, the 2016 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99) ... (read more)

Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgogne — Burgundy under $30

2019 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgogne Aux Seurrets

Moulin Aux Moines is located in the heart of the Cote de Beaune, specifically in the village of Auxey Duresses. Owned by the Abbey of Cluny in the 10th century, this domaine was purchased by the Andrieu Family in 2008. Since purchasing the domain, the Andrieu family's focus has been on restoring the ancestral values of these legendary wines by returning to the organic and biodynamic principles on which the domaine was founded. This brings us to our featured wine, the 2019 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgogne Aux Seurrets ($28.99). The Aux Seurrets is from a vineyard in the village of Pommard from vines planted 50 years ago. The age of these vines is what helps produce the earthy undertones found in this Bourgogne. As you pour this wine into the glass, aromas of red cherry fruit and notes of cocoa rise up to greet your olfactory senses. And don't let the modest price fool you; this wine drinks well above its price point and is perfect for so many of your winter night menus. Pictured, the 2019 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgogne Aux Seurrets ($28.99) ... (read more)

Super Bowl Sunday Supplies at Francos

2019 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon

Whether you are a Rams fan, a Bengals fan or a commercial fan, Super Bowl Sunday is your day. Much like the game, anything can happen when it comes to your menu for game day, and we have the wine to serve with it. Some possibilities include the 2019 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) and the 2018 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon ($44.99) for red wine, and the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($43.99) or the 2018 Jean Paul Brun Chardonnay ($17.99) for white. Pictured, the 2019 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) ... (read more)

Discover The Local Craft Distillery of Sono 1420

 Sono 1420 BBN Bourbon

This week we are featuring the Sono 1420 BBN Bourbon ($59.99), a whiskey from a small craft distillary right in our own backyard. While technically not a bourbon because the mash bill includes 10% milled hemp seed, the balance of this whiskey is a classic 75% Corn and 15% Rye. This unusual blend produces a whiskey with a very unexpected light and floral nose with nuances of honeysuckle and dried fruit, especially cherry. On the palate, all the classic bourbon flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and honey are present. But instead of trailing off to the usual butterscotch/caramel finish, the flavor journey takes a turn towards an interesting nutty flavor. Pictured, the Sono 1420 BBN Bourbon ($59.99) ... (read more)

Planet of the Grapes — Planet Oregon Pinot Noir

2019 Planet Oregon

Our featured wine this week is the 2019 Planet Oregon ($22.99), a classic Oregon Pinot Noir from Planet Oregon Winery in the Willamette Valley in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Established in 2009, Planet Oregon was founded with a goal to make delicious, environmentally responsible wine at an accessible price. Certified sustainably grown, this classic Oregon Pinot Noir offers up flavors of Bing cherry, tart cranberries and the classic Oregon strawberries. Pair this up with a delicious roast chicken or duck, or perhaps a slow roasted or grilled salmon, and you are in Pinot Noir heaven. Pictured, the 2019 Planet Oregon ($22.99) ... (read more)

Catina Sociale di Gattinara — Comfort Wine for you Comfort Food

2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso

January is here and time for comfort foods and casual wines to take center stage as we slip into the cold, snowy nights of winter. While classic comfort foods come from many regions, we can all agree that many of our favorites are from Italy, so why not pair your favorite pasta and tomato dishes with an equally comfortable Italian wine. The 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99), our featured wine this week, is comprised exclusively of grapes grown in the Alto Piedmont, and is predominantly Nebbiolo grape blended with other local, indigenous grapes. You can pair it with any classic Italian meal. Pictured, the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99) ... (read more)

Slip into January with Château de Parenchère

2018 Chateau de Parenchere

The 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99) is one of our featured wines for January. It comes from a property in Bordeaux located about 25 miles from Saint-Emilion, near where the Dordogne flows into the Gironde. Here, the terroir is composed of mostly clay and limestone; it is the high clay content which explains the power of the wines produced there. The wine is sourced from 25 year old vines and this is one of the major factors that make this full and fleshy wine so inviting. It displays intense red fruit aromas of cassis and black cherry that are balanced out by elegant, soft tannins. The ripe fruit expression and the wine's bright freshness add to its appeal as an easy drinking crowd pleaser. This wine is made for simple winter dishes. Pictured, the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99) ... (read more)

Ring in the New Year's with the Most popular Champagnes of the season

2010 Dom Perignon

If you still are in need of Champagne to ring in the New Year, Francos Wine Merchants has your selection at hand. If you want to ring in 2022 in style, then the 2010 Dom Perignon ($229.99) is how to do it. The 2010 vintage garnered a 92 point rating from Robert Parker and is ready to enjoy now. Other Champagne selections include the Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut ($84.99), the Ruinart Rosé ($99.99) and the Pol Roger Reserve Brut Champagne ($56.99), our biggest seller of the season for a non-vintage champagne. Pictured, the 2010 Dom Perignon ($229.99) ... (read more)

Last Minute Holiday Gift Suggestions from Francos

2019 Jadot Meursault  Charmes

We are coming down to the wire, but for those of you who still have some shopping to finish up Francos is at the ready with gift suggestions for the wine and spirits lovers on your gift list. Last week we had the spotlight on red wines and this week we'd like to highlight some of the fabulous white wines in our inventory. There is no better place to start than Burgundy where we find the 2019 Jadot Meursault Charmes ($109.99). If a California Chardonnay is more your style, you can travel to Napa Valley and enjoy the toasted nuts flavors and mouthwatering finish of the 2019 Far Niente Chardonnay ($59.99). We have several other white wine suggestions and also a good selection of Port. Pictured, the 2019 Jadot Meursault Charmes ($109.99) ... (read more)

Cellar Collectables for your Holiday Gift List

2018 Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

December 25th is just over a week away and the clock is ticking. For those of you still looking to knock off the last few items on your gift list, Francos has a few suggestions. If you have red wine lovers on your list, we recommend two wines from the west coast: the 2018 Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99) from California and the 2018 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir ($89.99) from Oregon. If you are shopping for a serious collector of wine, we have several of the BOND Estate vineyard sites: Melbury, >Pluribus, Quella, St. Eden, and Vecina. We also have a good selection of Bourbon, Rye and Single Malt Scotches. Pictured, the 2018 Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99) ... (read more)

The Wines of Chateau de Beaucastel

2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

The Perrin Family has been presiding over the Rhône Valley for over a century and among the stars of their portfolio are the wines of Beaucastel. Just this week we have received shipment of two of their wines both of which have a place in the upcoming holidays. The 2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($99.99), long regarded as one of the most outstanding wines in France, is notorious for its elegance, balance and aging potential and is one of the rare wines to use all 13 grape varietals allowed to be grown in the Rhône. The second, the 2019 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($29.99), is that special wine to serve at the holiday table without breaking the bank. Pictured, the 2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($99.99) ... (read more)

2016 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino — December in Tuscany

2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino

Our feature wine this week is the 2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($84.99). This star wine from the Tenuta Il Poggione is produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes picked by hand from the vineyards' oldest vines. While ready to enjoy now, the warm, well-balanced flavor is home to firm and youthful tannins that will mellow out with aging for those of you patient enough to wait. This wine is tailor made for red meats and even game meats as well as mature cheeses. And, if there is a lover of classic Italian wines on your holiday gift list, the 2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($84.99) will put a smile on their face. Pictured, the 2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($84.99) ... (read more)

Last Minute Thanksgiving Selections from Francos

2013 Louis Roederer Cristal

Thanksgiving is upon us and if you are still in need of selecting your holiday wine or perhaps in need of stocking up on a few last minute items, Francos Wine Merchants is here to help. We have many wines that will be perfect with your Thanksgiving meal including the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99), the 2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99) and the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99). And we have a large selectioin of Small Batch American Whiskey, Single Malt Scotch and Port. Pictured, the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99) ... (read more)

2013 Louis Roederer Cristal — Celebrate your Turkey

2013 Louis Roederer Cristal

As your Thanksgiving menu comes together, you may want to consider making room for something special. The Champagne House of Louis Roederer has been making champagne since 1833 and his Cuvées have been sought after ever since. Our featured wine, the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99) is the pinnacle of the Louis Roederer portfolio. The 2013 Vintage has set a new standard, receiving a 98 point rating from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and we could not help but purchase all the remaining stock available in Connecticut! The aroma of clear honey and crisp, green orchard fruit are your first introduction to this amazing vintage. It's a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has once again outdone himself. The broad, textural and muscular style of this champagne is ready to stand up to any celebration from Thanksgiving through the holiday season. Pictured, the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99) ... (read more)

Flowers Winery for Thanksgiving — The Perfect Bouquet

2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away and it's time to start thinking about the wine you will serve with your holiday meal. From California's Sonoma Coast and Flowers Vineyard & Winery, we have the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99), a delicious white wine which is perfect for your Thanksgiving table. It's a year round favorite to pair with many meals, and is the perfect Chardonnay to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey. If you prefer to serve a red wine with your meal, there is the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($47.99), which pairs well not only with your holiday turkey, but also with many of the other flavors from vegetables and side dishes that are on the Thanksgiving table. Pictured, the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99) ... (read more)

2018 Chateau La Vieille Cure — Holidays on the Horizon

2018 Chateau La Vielle Cure

Traveling to Bordeaux we land on the right bank of the Gironde River. Adjacent to the regions of Saint Emilion and Pomerol we find the appellation of Fronsac, the home of our featured wine and the first of our suggestions for your holiday table: the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99). The vines are an average of 40+ years old and thrive in the heavy limestone soil. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave it a solid 92+ rating; try a bottle and you will see why. Pictured, the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99) ... (read more)

Cantina Sociale de Gattinara - End October in Italy

2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso

As we wind up October let's return to one of our favorite spots, Italy. As we head up north to Piedmont, we are reminded that this area is home to one of the noble grapes of the region, Nebbiolo. Today we are in Gattinara, an appellation in the northwestern part of Piedmont, where the wines are required to contain at least 90% Nebbiolo grape. This week's featured wine is the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99), a red wine which is 100% Nebbiolo grape. It shows off a nose of tobacco and cedar before greeting your palate with flavors of red and black berries. The firm and fine tannins lead you into a very long and very gentle finish. Pictured, the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99) ... (read more)

Burgundy for Fall from Fontaine-Gagnard

2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge

Autumn and Burgundy seem to go hand in hand as fall is the time that wines are released from this historic French region. This week we are featuring the wines of Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard: the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge ($31.99) and the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Rouge ($59.99), both red wines, and the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Blanc ($73.99) and the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers 1er ($97.99), both white wines. Pictured, the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge ($31.99) ... (read more)

Vietti Winery — Next Stop Italy

2019 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

This week we are featuring three terrific wines from the Vietti Winery in Northern Italy: the 2019 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($18.99), the 2018 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo ($27.99) and the 2017 Vietti Barolo Castiglione ($55.99). Italy brings to us some of the most food-friendly wines of Europe and these three wines are excellent choices for a wide variety of meals. Pictured, the 2019 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($18.99) ... (read more)

Our Fabulous Fall Collection of Bordeaux under $20

2016 Chateau Mayne Vieil

While Bordeaux often conjures up thoughts of higher end wines from the many famous regions and chateaux of France, there are plenty of modest wines that we can enjoy as we explore the region, such as the 2016 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99), 2018 Château Fongaban ($17.99), 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99), and the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99). Pictured, the 2016 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99) ... (read more)

2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria — Direct from Sicily

2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria

This week's featured wine is the 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99), from Vittoria, a town in the southern part of the island of Sicily in the province of Ragusa. Here between the sea and the Iblean mountains are the vineyards that grow the grapes used in this incredible red wine. The 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99) is a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato, grapes indigenous to the island of Sicily. It's a unique wine, recognizable and unforgettable for its youthful flavors and aromas of cherry, strawberry and pomegranate, due to the particular soil and climate in which the grapes are cultivated. Bursting with flavor, this versatile wine pairs well with many classic southern Italian pasta sauces, as well as with almost any red meat. Should you decide to search out a traditional Sicilian recipe such as Pasta alla Norma or perhaps Spaghetti alla Nerano from the nearby Sorrento peninsula, the pairing will immediately whisk you away to the Mediterranean's most famous island. Pictured, the 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99) ... (read more)

2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay — Welcome September

2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay

This week's featured wine is the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($43.99), from the southern tip of Napa Valley. The Chardonnay vines grow in the estate's American Canyon and Carneros vineyards near San Pablo Bay. The cool maritime breezes and morning fog allow the grapes to slowly ripen, producing complex flavors and a natural acidity that is impossible to achieve in warmer climates. The wine displays ripe peach, mango and tropical flavors. A note of minerality means this wine can be enjoyed with fresh seafood as well as chicken and grilled pork. So while the days are still warm, and the nights have a pleasant crispness in the air, our suggestion is to have a bottle of the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($43.99) on hand for those mid-September evenings on the patio. Pictured, the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($43.99) ... (read more)

Garofoli Farino Rosso Piceno — A September Trip to Italy

2020 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno

This week's featured wine is the 2020 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno ($11.99), a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese with an emphasis on Montepulciano. It is aged in stainless steel tanks producing a bright, lively wine meant to be consumed in its youth, and pairs well with Spaghetti coi Moscioli, a traditional dish from the region or with any red pasta sauce made with fresh, seasonal tomatoes and herbs — and even a simple Pizza Margarita. Pictured, the 2020 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno ($11.99) ... (read more)

Wines for your Labor Day Weekend

2020 Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence

Labor Day Weekend is here and while the calendar says summer is winding down you can easily extend it. We here at Francos Wine Merchants talked about some fabulous wines over the past couple of months, so let us recap the highlights which will be perfect for your Labor Day Weekend. Pictured, the 2020 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99) ... (read more)

2019 Domaine Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or — Welcome Burgundy

2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais

The reviews for the 2019 Burgundy Vintage are in and the vintage is going to be a winner. While we wait for the bulk of this vintage to arrive, a few have started to float in and they are a true harbinger of what is to come. One such Burgundy is from Domaine Rémi Jobard and a glimpse of this vintage is evident in his 2019 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($39.99), this week's featured wine. Farmed from 6 parcels within Meursault, this white wine is a Vieilles Vignes and is crafted from 40 year old Chardonnay vines. Pictured, the 2019 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($39.99) ... (read more)

2019 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien — Cool down your August

2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais

This week's featured wine is the 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99). Made from 100% Gamay grape, this wine is a "Vielles Vignes" which translates as "old vines" as these vines range from 40 to 60 years old and produce flavors that are unique to vines of this age. One of the best features of the Gamay grape is that on a hot, summer day you can put a slight chill on the wine (about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator) without muting the true flavor of this grape. The 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99) is also very versatile, so regardless of whether it's some herb marinated chicken, a simple burger on the grill, or a well-marbled steak from the butcher, this fantastic effort from Jean-Paul Brun will not disappoint. Pictured, the 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99) ... (read more)

2019 William Fevre Chablis — Calm the Clam Calamity

2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux

Chablis is a wine region with global renown, and Domaine William Fevre shares the same notoriety among the world of Chablis. The 2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($29.99) is the entry level Chablis from William Fevre. Whether you are enjoy a selection of clams or oysters from your favorite fish monger, or you are packing up some wines to bring on your beach vacation, the 2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($29.99) is one to keep in mind. Pictured, the 2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($29.99) ... (read more)

Broadbent Vinho Verde — The Summer Wine of Portugal

 Broadbent Vinho Verde

One of our favorite wines for the season is Vinho Verde: the delicious white wine from Portugal tailor-made for summer weather. This week we are featuring the Broadbent Vinho Verde ($9.99) which you can pair with monkfish, sea bass, fresh cod or even many basic shrimp salad recipes. Pictured, the Broadbent Vinho Verde ($9.99) ... (read more)

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