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2023 February 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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Store Hours

Tuesday - Friday 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday 12:00AM - 4:00PM
Francos is closed on Mondays
Local orders received after the Saturday cutoff time will be available for "in store" pick up on Sunday or will be delivered on Tuesday.

2018 Muga - Traditional Rioja at its Best

2018 Muga Reserva Rioja

This week we travel to Rioja Alta in Spain to bring you the 2018 Muga Reserva Rioja ($28.99), a blend of 70% Tempranillo with the last 30% being a makeup of Garnacha, Granciano and Mazuelo. The climate and growing conditions help produce a wine with a rich cherry color and a bright nose. The aromas of black fruit with touches of cedar are the first characteristics to greet you. The mouth entry is peppered with spicy notes and hints of ripe, red fruit. The wonderful and well-intergrated acidity enhances the flavors and leads you into a lingering finish. Saturday we pour the 2018 Muga Reserva Rioja ($28.99) along with the 2021 Muga Rioja Blanco ($16.99). Pictured, the 2018 Muga Reserva Rioja ($28.99) ... (read more)

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Tue-Fri 10am-7pm Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 12pm-4pm Mon Closed
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Francos is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm and closed Monday

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

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Finish up your Dry January with St. Agrestis "Phony Negroni"

 St Agrestis Phony Negroni

January is coming to an end, and if you are looking for a way to elevate your Dry January and segue into February, we have the perfect transition. First up, the St Agrestis Phony Negroni ($4.99). This "mocktail" enjoys nuances of juniper, citrus, and floral notes and very much mimics the classic Negroni, but without the alcohol. For those preparing for the end of Dry January, we bring you the 2020 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico ($21.99). Rich and vibrant, this wine evokes flavors of black cherry and plum, with undertones of earth and spice balanced out by the bright and lively fruit notes, and a long, enticing finish. Saturday we pour the St Agrestis Phony Negroni ($4.99) and the 2020 Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico ($21.99). Pictured, the St Agrestis Phony Negroni ($4.99) ... (read more)

Ease into January with the 2018 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Ripasso

2018 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi

Today we travel to northern Italy to bring you the 2018 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi ($21.99). This wine shows off impressive weight as well as a classic nuance of dried cherry and plum, typical of wines in this region. Hints of mild spice, tar and toasted chestnut round out the flavors in this wine and enable it to pair with a wide variety of foods. So if you have a classic pasta entrée with a meat ragout or a favorite grilled, roasted or stewed meat recipe, this wine will pair perfectly. Saturday we pour the 2018 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi ($21.99) along with the 2021 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco ($14.99). Pictured, the 2018 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi ($21.99) ... (read more)

Two Great Bordeaux to Liven up January

2018 Chateau Mayne Vieil

Today we travel to Bordeaux and bring you two wines that drink above their price point to help brighten this dull January. First, the 2018 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99). This Merlot based wine has minimal barrel aging which allows it to show off flavors of raspberry and black currant that are fresh and plush. We also bring you the 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99). This northern appellation wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. An amazing amount of structure comes out of this modest bottle and complex mouthfeel leads you into a pleasant herbal and tobacco finish. Saturday we pour the 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99) along with the Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc ($12.99). Pictured, the 2018 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99) ... (read more)

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

2014 Louis Roederer Cristal

The week leading up to New Year's Eve always seems to go by quickly, and you don't want to be caught short. If you still are in need of Champagne for your celebration then look no further. If you want to celebrate in style, then the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) is how to do it. The 2014 was chosen as one of Wine Spectator's Top Ten Wines of the year. Ruinart Blanc de Blanc ($97.99) has never once disappointed a champagne lover. Without a doubt, the Pol Roger Reserve Brut Champagne ($65.99) has been our biggest seller of the season. You can see our complete selection by clicking on this Champagne link as well as our Prosecco & Other Sparkling Wine link to view our other sparkling selections. Pictured, the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) ... (read more)

Cellar Collectables for your Holiday Gift List

2020 Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Domaine des Heritiers

December 25th is looming and for those of you still looking for gifts, Francos has a few suggestions. For serious collectors, we have several of the BOND Estate vineyards, and each 3 bottle wooden presentation case is on sale for $2250.00. Also for the serious collector, the 2020 Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Domaine des Heritiers ($316.99), 2020 Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne ($138.99), 2020 Jadot Chambolle Musigny Les Fuées ($162.99) and the 2020 Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques ($269.99), are all fantastic selections from our shipment of Jadot Burgundy. If you need a bottle for the holiday table, the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) will pair up with any roast from a simple Beef Filet to a Beef Wellington. But if duck, turkey or any type of poultry is on the menu, the 2020 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($49.99) is a fine choice. Finally, if you need a bottle of champagne for the holidays, look no further than this wine from Wine Spectator's Top 10 of 2022 — the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99). Pictured, the 2020 Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Domaine des Heritiers ($316.99) ... (read more)

The Holiday Wine Countdown Continues…

2017 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova

Shopping days are numbered and if you still have a few people on your gift list, Francos is here with plenty of incredible suggestions. Starting with red wines, we offer the 2017 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova ($159.99). From Tuscany, this wine is layered with bold tones of dark fruit wrapped up in flavors of spice, leather and tobacco. From Bordeaux, we bring you the 2016 Château Gloria Saint Julien ($59.99). This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc sings out with its aroma of plum and cassis followed up by an elegant and savory presence on the palate. Finally, from Napa Valley, the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) is a Cabernet offering layers of lush dark berry flavors with a classic Napa style of red fruit and velvety tannins. For white wines, we suggest the 2020 Louis Jadot LaDoix Le Clou D'Orge ($50.99). Medium to full-bodied in style, this wine — with its nuances of citrus on the nose and concentrated mineral style — is classic white Burgundy. Another Burgundy, the 2020 Bachelet Monnot Puligny Montrachet ($92.99) greets you with a bright floral nose and leads you directly into a taste full of white orchard fruit and subtle wisps of spice. And finally, we have a Napa Chardonnay, the 2020 Far Niente Chardonnay ($69.99), a wine with a toasted oak flavor, followed by notes of melon and citrus and a silky style. Saturday we pour two reds, the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) and the 2020 Louis Jadot Chateau Des Jacques Morgon ($29.99), as well as two whites, the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($46.99) and the 2021 Domaine Pinson Chablis ($31.99). Pictured, the 2017 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova ($159.99) ... (read more)

Holiday Helpers from France to California

2020 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes"

This week we feature two wines to help with your holiday party and menu planning. First, we have the 2020 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($49.99). This exceptional white Burgundy first greets you with a ripe aroma of pear and apple, while hints of lemon and lime linger in the background as the soft floral wisps draw you into the glass. In the mouth the full style offers up suave and round flavors that easily seduce you into another sip. The flavors offer up superb complexity leading you into a clean, dry and citrus finale. Next, the 2018 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon ($54.99) greets you with a classic Napa style with its dark red color and nose of blackberry and cherry. The nose of spice entices you into that first sip which is rife with intense dark fruit flavors and floral notes with hints of roasted nuts. The firm, yet silky tannins lead you into an elegant and seamless finish. Saturday we pour the 2020 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($49.99) and the 2018 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon ($54.99). Pictured, the 2020 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($49.99) ... (read more)

Ring in the Holiday Stroll from Tuscany to Burgundy

2020 Remi Jobard Aligote

The December shopping season starts in New Canaan with the Annual New Canaan Chamber Holiday Stroll. The Holiday Stroll kicks off Friday evening December 2nd, as Elm Street is shut down to vehicular traffic and the trees lining the street will be lit. The stores will stay open late, including Francos Wine Merchants which will be open Friday till 8:00PM so be sure to stop in for some early holiday shopping. Saturday Elm Street will be back open to traffic and the Holiday Stroll continues as Santa will be in town for a meet and greet for the kids, and Francos Wine Merchants will be pouring two great wines. We have a very special white from Burgundy, the 2020 Remi Jobard Aligoté ($37.99) which greets you with a very spicy aroma of grapefruit and green apple that is always fresh and aromatic. Once in the mouth the racy and intense flavors of apple are present with a good balance between softness and acidity. Moving over to Italy for the red wine, the 2020 Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino ($25.99) offers vibrant aromas of black cherry and strawberry that rise up to greet you as you pour this wine into your glass. Rich and layered, flavors of red cherry and touch of pepper give this wine some very defined spice. Pictured, the 2020 Remi Jobard Aligoté ($37.99) ... (read more)

Last Minute Thanksgiving Selections from Francos

2014 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, we're here to help. If you like to start things off in a celebratory way, why not consider the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99)? Or maybe you like to start off your Thanksgiving mixing up a batch of Manhattans or a classic Old Fashioned, in which case you want to check out our selection of Rye & Bourbon on our Small Batch American Whiskey link. Does your crowd lean towards American White Wine for the turkey? If so you can select one of the many American white wines such as the 2021 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay ($41.99) or the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99). Is it American Red Wines your table enjoys? For you Cabernet lovers we have the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) and the 2017 Heitz Cellar Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.99). For you Pinot Noir lovers we have the 2021 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99) and the 2020 Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir ($74.99). And if it's European Pinot Noir and Chardonnay you enjoy, definitely browse our selection of 2020 Jadot Burgundy. For the end of the night, nothing is more traditional than Port for the perfect conclusion to your Thanksgiving dinner, so be sure to also check out our entire list of Vintage Ports and Tawney Ports on our Port link. Pictured, the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) ... (read more)

Francos Top Choices for your Thanksgiving Table

2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay

This week we've prepared a massive selection of wines to make your Thanksgiving preparations easier. We have selections from California, including the 2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($29.99) and the 2019 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99). By far the most popular grape for your turkey is Pinot Noir, and our choices include the 2021 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée ($39.99), the 2021 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99) or the newly arrived 2021 Drouhin Roserock Pinot Noir ($41.99). For our European selection, you can't go wrong with anything from our 2020 Jadot Burgundy list. Francos also has you covered both before and after dinner with their vast selection of Bourbons & Ryes which can be found on our Small Batch American Whiskey link as well as Scotch which can be found on our Single Malt Scotches link, and don't forget about our selection of both Vintage and Tawny Ports which can be found on our Port link. Saturday's tasting line-up includes the 2020 Far Niente Chardonnay ($69.99), 2019 Henri Bourgeois La Bourgeoise Sancerre ($36.99), 2020 Louis Jadot Chateau Des Jacques Morgon ($29.99), 2021 Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvée ($39.99), and the 2021 Drouhin Roserock Pinot Noir ($41.99). Pictured, the 2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($29.99) ... (read more)

The Doctor is In — 2021 Berncasteler Doctor and the World of Rieslings

2021 Dr. H. Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett

The many flavors of Fall are enhanced by the vineyards of Germany, most notably the Riesling grape. Starting in Mosel, Francos brings you a selection including the famous 2021 Dr. H. Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett ($48.99), the 2020 Dr. Thanisch Riesling ($19.99), the 2019 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett ($27.99), and the 2020 Selbach Incline Riesling ($12.99). We also bring you the the 2021 Dr. Crusius Sonnenfels Riesling ($19.99) from the Nahe region. Saturday we pour the 2019 Selbach Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett ($27.99), the 2020 Selbach Incline Riesling ($12.99), and the 2021 EnRoute Pinot Noir "Les Pommiers" ($54.99). Pictured, the 2021 Dr. H. Thanisch Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett ($48.99) ... (read more)

2020 Jadot Burgundy has Arrived!

2020 Louis Jadot Marsannay Blanc

One sure sign that Autumn is underway is the arrival of the Jadot Burgundy and Francos Wine Merchants has just received shipment of the long awaited 2020 vintage. This week we highlight a selection of the new arrivals including the white 2020 Louis Jadot Marsannay Blanc ($49.99) and 2020 Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Domaine des Heritiers ($316.99), as well as the red 2020 Louis Jadot Mercurey ($42.99) and 2020 Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques ($269.99). Saturday, we pour the 2020 Louis Jadot Pommard ($84.99) and the 2020 Louis Jadot LaDoix Le Clou D'Orge ($50.99). Pictured, the 2020 Louis Jadot Marsannay Blanc ($49.99) ... (read more)

2018 Details by Sinegal — The Devil is in the Details

2019 Details Cabernet Sauvignon by Sinegal

This week, we stick to our October theme — wines to keep you warm as the nights cool. Today we present to you the 2019 Details Cabernet Sauvignon by Sinegal ($49.99). The 2019 Details is a carefully crafted blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being Malbec, Merlot, Petite Syrah and Petite Verdot. The nose on this wine is a sensual elegance of ripe raspberry and plum with a touch of subtle oak, sage and allspice. In the mouth, the flavors of black currant and blueberry compote take over and marry perfectly with the earthly mineral notes that explode on the palate. The nose and flavors of this stunning Cabernet Sauvignon carry right through to the end as the fresh acidity elevates the finish. Saturday, we pour the 2019 Details Cabernet Sauvignon by Sinegal ($49.99) and the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99). Pictured, the 2019 Details Cabernet Sauvignon by Sinegal ($49.99) ... (read more)

A Flurry of Fleurie - 2020 Jean Paul Brun Fleurie

2020 Jean Paul Brun Fleurie

Jean Paul Brun is known for his "old-style" Beaujolais. He continues that tradition with this week's feature, the 2020 Jean Paul Brun Fleurie ($23.99). Made from 100% Gamay grape, this wine first greets you with deep aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, and a burst of fresh herbs. The subtle tannins and superb length keeps the palate awash with red fruit while the firm structure keeps you focused right through to the flavorful finish. The modest 13% alcohol content also helps keep the ruby red berry nuances fresh and bright throughout. Saturday, we pour the 2020 Jean Paul Brun Fleurie ($23.99) and the 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99). Pictured, the 2020 Jean Paul Brun Fleurie ($23.99) ... (read more)

2019 Rebellious Red – Rebel Without a Glass

2019 Rebellious Red

Autumn nights sometimes need a zip to give us some warmth. That brings us to our feature this week, the 2019 Rebellious Red ($19.99). This red wine boasts a blend of 42% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Petite Sirah 7% Syrah, 7% Mourvedre and 1% Sauvignon Blanc, that lives up to its name. This wine offers up abundant aromas of dark cherry, brown sugar and dark chocolate that slowly draw you in. The bright and vibrant mouthfeel treats the tastebuds to flavors of fresh blueberries and allspice before inviting in the lush, ripe fruit flavor that leads you into a luxurious finish. Saturday, we pour the 2019 Rebellious Red ($19.99) and the 2021 Honig Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99). Pictured, the 2019 Rebellious Red ($19.99) ... (read more)

2019 Mo Monastrell — Go with Mo

2019 Mo Monastrell

These cool nights have everyone breaking out their favorite comfort food recipies. Francos wants to help you find the ideal pairing for those meals, and this week that search brings us to Spain and the 2019 Mo Monastrell ($10.99). This enjoyable, inexpensive red wine is made from 100% Monastrell grape from vines with an average age of 35 years which thrive in the rocky/limestone soil of the region. This rocky and chalky terrain keeps the soil loose and thus provides excellent drainage. All these factors help produce a wine that enjoys a nose of white pepper and graphite. In the mouth, flavors of blackberry with hints of toffee and chocolate undertones come forth. Nuances of bright fruit and fine tannins lead you into a fresh and clean finish. Saturday, we pour the 2019 Mo Monastrell ($10.99) along with the 2021 Muga Rioja Blanco ($16.99). Pictured, the 2019 Mo Monastrell ($10.99) ... (read more)

2020 Daou Bodyguard — Security for the Dinner Table

2020 Daou Vineyards Bodyguard

Today we visit Paso Robles, California, to bring you the 2020 Daou Vineyards Bodyguard ($36.99). First to pique your curiosity in this bold and brooding blend is the vivid deep purple color. Upon pouring the wine, a nose of blueberry, blackberry and chocolate first greet the olfactory senses. In the mouth, flavors of black plum, dried cherry and sage tantalize the taste buds. Soon after, the blend of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah reveal further layers of complexity, all supported by a firm structure and finely polished tannins. Saturday, we pour the 2020 Daou Vineyards Bodyguard ($36.99) along with the 2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($29.99).Pictured, the 2020 Daou Vineyards Bodyguard ($36.99) ... (read more)

2018 La Vielle Cure — An Autumn Welcome

2018 Chateau La Vielle Cure

This week we're in Bordeaux to bring you the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($36.99). This wine first greets you with cedar notes highlighted by a hint of graphite and subtle tree bark scents. In the mouth, flavors of ripe blackberries, stewed plums and cherry compote are enhanced by herbal notes of Sichuan pepper and star anise. The full-bodied palate is cloaked in oak with loads of exotic spice all supported by grainy tannins. Our recommendation is to stop in and try a bottle today and we think you will agree that the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($36.99) is definitely a contender for your Autumn menus. Saturday we pour the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($36.99) along with the 2021 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca ($22.99). Pictured, the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($36.99) ... (read more)

Clos du Moulin Aux Moines — Burgundy Season Returns

2020 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Clos de la Perriere Monopole

This week we're excited to bring you two of the first 2020 Burgundy to be released, both from Moulin aux Moines, in the heart of the Côte de Beaune. Their white Burgundy, the 2020 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Clos de la Perriere Monopole ($34.99), shows off a rich, yellow hue with aromatic notes of acacia and almonds that direct your tastebuds to a well-balanced mouthfeel and a notably firm finish. We've also just received their red Burgundy, the 2020 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgogne Aux Seurrets ($32.99). This wine, a Pinot Noir, offers up flavors of red cherry fruit, earth, and cocoa notes. All these flavors are braced by a nice and balanced acidity with a core of firm, but fine tannins. Saturday we pour the 2020 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Clos de la Perriere Monopole ($34.99) and the 2020 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Bourgogne Aux Seurrets ($32.99). Pictured, the 2020 Clos du Moulin Aux Moines Clos de la Perriere Monopole ($34.99) ... (read more)

Colli di Lapio - Campania Companions

2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino

This week we bring you two wines from Colli di Lapio in Italy's Campania region. Their white wine, the 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99) greets you with its vibrant, straw-yellow color in the glass soon followed by aromatics of peach, nuts and white flowers. Once in the mouth the flavor is rich and soft leading you directly into a fresh, long finish that lingers on the tongue long after it's gone. This wine would make a great pairing for so many of your autumn poultry dinners that are just around the corner. Their red, the 2019 Colli di Lapio Irpinia Campi Taurasini ($22.99), made from the Agliancio grape, is a terrific full-bodied wine. This wine enjoys intense aromas of raspberry jam with nuances of black fruit. In the mouth the full and elegant palate enjoys hints of white pepper around a core of grippy tannins. This wine pairs well with rich meats with a high fat content, as well as many of your other hearty autumn pasta dishes. Saturday we pour both the 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99) and the 2019 Colli di Lapio Irpinia Campi Taurasini ($22.99). Pictured, the 2020 Colli di Lapio Fiano di Avellino ($19.99) ... (read more)

Wines for your Labor Day Weekend

2021 Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence

This week we want to help you close out the summer strong and celebrate Labor Day by recapping some of our highlights from this season. If you're looking for a Rosé — always a classic lobster pairing — we have the 2021 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99), the 2021 Aix Rosé ($19.99) or 2021 Minuty Cotes de Provence Rosé ($19.99), and, from the Loire, the 2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé Les Jeunes Vignes ($19.99). If you need a Sauvignon Blanc to go with seafood or bring to the clambake, we have the 2020 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) and the 2021 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre ($29.99), both Sancerres from the Loire, or the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99) from Burgundy. Looking for a red to go with burgers or steaks on the grill? Some terrific selections are the 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99), the 2019 Château de Roquefort Les Műres ($22.99), and the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99). Saturday we pour the 2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé Les Jeunes Vignes ($19.99) and the 2019 Château de Roquefort Les Műres ($22.99). Pictured, the 2021 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99) ... (read more)

2020 Louis Michel Chablis — Seafood Soirée

2020 Louis Michel & Fils Chablis

This week we visit Louis Michel & Fils in the heart of Chablis to bring you their 2020 Louis Michel & Fils Chablis ($31.99). Classic in style, this wine shows off fresh aromas of green fruit, apple and lemon rind scents. The mouthfeel is plump and vibrant with medium weight all while displaying a good persistence and a moderately dry and complex finale. The stony sensation, which is so typical of Chablis, makes the 2020 Louis Michel & Fils Chablis ($31.99) the perfect match for the briny characteristic of shellfish and seafood. Saturday we pour the 2020 Louis Michel & Fils Chablis ($31.99) as well as the 2020 Iris Vinyards Pinot Noir ($21.99). Pictured, the 2020 Louis Michel & Fils Chablis ($31.99) ... (read more)

2021 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé — Pretty in Pink

2021 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rose

We're excited to announce the arrival of the 2021 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé ($34.99). One of the most popular Rosé wines of the season, it's in limited supply and won't last long. Comprised entirely of Pinot Noir, with a light pink color and aromas of strawberry, this wine is rife with flavors of red fruit and a noted touch of minerality. While delicate enough to serve with swordfish, grilled halibut and Chilean sea bass, the firm structure of the Pinot Noir allows you to also serve it with a variety of red meats and would be a perfect pairing for a grilled skirt steak with a fresh parsley gremolata. Saturday we pour the 2021 Château Nicot White Bordeaux ($10.99) and the 2021 Minuty Cotes de Provence Rosé ($19.99). Pictured, the 2021 Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre Rosé ($34.99)... (read more)

2020 Château de la Ragotière — Clams and Mussels Unite

2020 Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet Sevre Et Maine

This week we visit Château de la Ragotière and bring you their 2020 Château de la Ragotière Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine ($13.99). Organically grown, and produced exclusively with grapes from vines 30 to 60 years old, this wine is pale straw in color while giving off a light greenish tint. Once in the glass, aromas of citrus and mineral rise up to greet the olfactory senses. Once in the mouth, this wine has a light, refreshing feel with a hint of lemon leading into more intense herbal flavors with a hint of capers. Combined with the palate cleansing finish, you have the perfect wine to pair with something as simple as a goat cheese spread, to more classic pairings such as seafood, scallops and lobster. Saturday we pour the 2020 Château de la Ragotière Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine ($13.99) along with the 2021 Aix Rosé ($19.99). Pictured, the 2020 Château de la Ragotière Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine ($13.99) ... (read more)

Château de Roquefort Les Mûres — Elevate your Summer Burger

2019 Chateau de Roquefort Les Műres

We travel to Côtes de Provence to bring you this week's featured wine, the 2019 Château de Roquefort Les Műres ($22.99). A blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah, this wine first greets you with a rich, deep purple color. The sustained nose of red fruit is pristine and crisp on the palate, but the real enjoyment comes from the great elegance and purity, and perfect tannins that linger in the mouth. This wine is meant for current drinking and would be perfect to enjoy with any casual summer meal that is centered around red meats. Join us Saturday as we pour the 2019 Château de Roquefort Les Műres ($22.99) along with the 2021 Muga Rioja Blanco ($16.99). Pictured, the 2019 Château de Roquefort Les Műres ($22.99) ... (read more)

2020 La Perrière Sancerre — Back to the Loire

2020 La Perriere Sancerre

This week we're in Sancerre visiting the Saget family and bringing you the 2020 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99). This Sauvignon Blanc beckons you with its brilliant color and aromas of white flowers, peach, and acacia. On the palate, this wine is supple and structured, and leads you into a developed taste of mineral and white fruit. This wine is simply flawless and will seamlessly pair with most any seafood making it ideal to help counter the heat on a trip to the beach, or simply realaxing in your backyard. Saturday, we pour the 2020 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) along with the 2019 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Pinot Noir Sonoma ($29.99). Pictured, the 2020 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) ... (read more)

2021 La Val Albariño & New Canaan Sidewalk Sale

2021 La Val Albarino

The Annual Sidewalk Sale is here, and we'll be pouring two wines on Saturday, July 23rd from 1:00 - 5:00PM at our Weekly Wine Tasting. First up, the 2021 La Val Albariño ($15.99) is a terrific dry white wine with aromas of citrus and hints of calky minerality. With flavors of zesty lemon and Anjou Pear, and a clean, racy finish, this is the perfect refreshing wine as summer gets into full swing. We're also pouring the 2020 Iris Vinyards Pinot Noir ($21.99), a bright ruby red from Oregon's Willamette Valley. Aromas of raspberry, plum, and blackberry lead you into a deep rich flavor and long palate — perfect for summertime fare. Pictured, the 2021 La Val Albariño ($15.99) ... (read more)

2021 La Roi des Pierres Sancerre - King of Stones

2021 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre

Our destination this week is Sainte-Gemme, a commune in southwestern France, within the Loire Valley appellation Sancerre. Here we find The 2021 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre ($29.99) on a vineyard site that is all Silex, the rarest of the Sancerre soil types. This helps give the wine its beautiful pale gold color and mineral, flint-like notes, which are characteristic of the stony terrior. The intense nose offers up nuances of nectarine and blood orange which immediately seduces the palate with opulent ripe citrus, yet remains clean and fresh in the mouth. The lingering notes of white pepper and ginger lead you directly into a crisp finish and all leaves you salivating for more. Overall, it's an ideal pairing with seafood or lobster. Saturday, we pour our featured wine, the 2021 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre ($29.99), along with the 2020 Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône ($14.99). Pictured, the 2021 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre ($29.99) ... (read more)

2021 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca — Puglia Pleaser

2021 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca

This week's featured wine comes from Masseria Li Veli, a vineyard in "the heel of the boot" of southern Italy. The 2021 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca ($22.99), produced from an indigenous grape called Verdeca. Many local factors contribute to what makes this wine so special, starting with its inviting, bright yellow color. After admiring the enticing color, the nuances of tropical fruit and citrus start to beckon you to the full-flavored mouthfeel which is complimented by well-balanced acidity. This wine would pair perfectly with the bright lemon flavor of your favorite Greek chicken recipe and will also shine with a classic Pasta Carbonara or Cacio e Pepe recipe. Saturday, we pour our featured wine, the 2021 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca ($22.99), along with the 2020 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($18.99). Pictured, the 2021 Masseria Li Veli Verdeca ($22.99) ... (read more)

4th of July Favorites at Francos

2019 William Fevre Saint Bris

The 4th of July is upon us, and whether you are packing up the car and traveling to the beach or only going as far as your backyard, Francos Wine Merchants has some perfect wines choices for any destination. On the lighter side, the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99) makes an ideal seafood pairing and the perfect summer refresher, with an intense bouquet dominated by notes of exotic fruit. The Chardonnay lovers will find an upgrade in fullness and flavor in the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($46.99), perfect with herb-grilled chicken with its concentrated flavor of white peach and a hint of nuttiness. The Rosé lovers will be happy to know we still have the 2021 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99). If you're looking for a red, we're featuring for the big and bold 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99), as well as the delicate, structured 2021 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99). Saturday we pour the 2020 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) and the 2018 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99). Pictured, the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99) ... (read more)

2021 Domaines Ott Château de Selle

2021 Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence

The warm weather is here and rosé season has started offering a respite on hot summer evenings. Today we are going to focus on a rosé from Domaines Ott, the 2021 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99). This particular estate was acquired by Marcel Ott in 1912 and the soil is a mix of gypsum, red clay, dolomite, and sandstone all in gravel and stone. The estate enjoys a microclimate of mild winters, early springs and warm, dry summers with plenty of sunshine. The growing conditions combined with the various grape varieties are what bring the magic to this highly rated rosé. At this Saturday's tasting, we pour the 2021 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir ($22.99) and a Burgundian white, the 2019 William Fevre Saint Bris ($19.99). Pictured, the 2021 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99) ... (read more)

Father's Day Favorites at Francos

2019 Dominus Napanook

Father's Day is upon us and no matter his beverage of choice, we have it on sale this week. If dad's play is to be out by the grill with a steak and prefers the full, bold flavor of a Napa Valley Cabernet, then our top choice would be the limited release 2019 Dominus Napanook ($89.99). Christian Moueix hit another home run with this yearly favorite, a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. The classic 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) never disappoints. Their signature style delivers a wine with deep, dark colors, ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Of course this year you cannot ignore the newly arrived 2016 Bordeaux, and the 2016 Château Gloria Saint Julien ($59.99) is a standout. If dad's a whiskey drinker, Francos has you covered whether it's Bourbon, Rye, or Scotch. We have a selection of Bourbon and Rye from Basil Hayden, the newly arrived Doc Swinson's Alter Ego Triple Cask Bourbon ($64.99), and the Rare Perfection 14 Year Old ($169.99). At this Saturday's tasting, we'll be pouring two more great Father's Day choices, the 2018 Paul Hobbs River Valley Chardonnay ($53.99) and the 2021 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99). Pictured, the 2019 Dominus Napanook ($89.99) ... (read more)

2019 Napanook — The Magic of Christian Moueix

2019 Dominus Napanook

Christian Moueix has an unparalleled record producing wine spanning decades and continents. This week we visit his Dominus Napanook, at the foothills of the Maracamas Mountains, where he produces the 2019 Dominus Napanook ($89.99). Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with about 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2019 Dominus Napanook ($89.99) first greets you with punctuated notes of marjoram and candied orange peel that rise from the glass. Once in the mouth, flavors of earth and dark tobacco take root, and the deep red fruit flavors are the perfect segue into the wine's chewy tannins which carry you directly to the finish. Fans of full-bodied California Cabernets won't want to miss this, or the 2019 Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($349.99). Both have limited availability so don't miss out! This Saturday we pour the 2019 Colli di Lapio Irpinia Campi Taurasini ($22.99) and the 2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($29.99). Pictured, the 2019 Dominus Napanook ($89.99) ... (read more)

2016 Bordeaux Shipment has Arrived!

2016 Chateau Potensac Medoc

It has been a long time coming, but our long awaited shipment of 2016 Bordeaux has arrived. We have a large selection ranging from the modest, like the 2016 Château Lanessan ($29.99), the 2016 Château Gloria Saint Julien ($59.99), the 2016 Château Potensac Médoc ($35.99) and the 2016 Chateau Brane Cantenac ($109.99), to the upper tier with selection such as the 2016 Château Lynch Bages ($214.99), the 2016 Château Montrose Saint Estèphe ($279.99) or the 2016 Chateau Haut-Bailly ($189.99). Pictured, the 2016 Château Potensac Médoc ($35.99) ... (read more)

Bourgeois Sancerre Pinot Noir Rosé — Gateway to Summer

2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rose Les Jeunes Vignes

Memorial Day weekend is here, and we're back in Sancerre to bring you the 2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé Les Jeunes Vignes ($19.99). One hunfred percent Pinot Noir grapes, and exacting production methods bring you this stunning Rosé. First greeting you with its brilliant pink color and nuances of red berry, this wine treats the tastebuds to a delicate balance of salinity and minerality, leading to a dry, crisp finish. The 2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé Les Jeunes Vignes ($19.99) is the wine to help whisk away the summer heat. Saturday, we pour the 2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé Les Jeunes Vignes ($19.99) as well a a delicious Sanit Emilion red, the 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99). Pictured, the 2021 Bourgeois Sancerre Rosé Les Jeunes Vignes ($19.99) ... (read more)

2020 La Perrière Sancerre — Lobsters Beware

2020 La Perriere Sancerre

Today we visit the appellation of Sancerre where we find the Saget La Perrière house and their 2020 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99). The first sense of the magnitude of the 2020 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 La Perriere Sancerre ($31.99) ... (read more)

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 Château de la Ragotière 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 ($64.99) 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 2020 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 2020 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône ($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 ($36.99) 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 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 ($46.99) 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 ($46.99) 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 2021 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99) 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 ($46.99) ... (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

2018 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 2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($29.99), perfect paired with roast chicken or grilled swordfish, and the 2018 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir ($39.99), perfect with steak. Pictured, the 2018 Domaine Eden Chardonnay ($29.99) ... (read more)

Under $20 Bordeaux are Back

2018 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 2018 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99), the 2018 Château Fongaban ($17.99), the 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99) and the 2019 Château de Parenchère ($16.99). All four of these wines will make excellent pairings for your end of winter menus. Pictured, the 2018 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

2020 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 2020 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) and the 2019 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon ($49.99) for red wine, and the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($46.99) or the 2020 Jean Paul Brun Chardonnay ($17.99) for white. Pictured, the 2020 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 ($64.99), 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 ($64.99) ... (read more)

Planet of the Grapes — Planet Oregon Pinot Noir

2021 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir

Our featured wine this week is the 2021 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir ($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 2021 Planet Oregon Pinot Noir ($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

2019 Chateau de Parenchere

The 2019 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 2019 Château de Parenchère ($16.99) ... (read more)

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

2012 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 2012 Dom Perignon ($299.99) 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 ($65.99), our biggest seller of the season for a non-vintage champagne. Pictured, the 2012 Dom Perignon ($299.99) ... (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 2020 Far Niente Chardonnay ($69.99). 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 2020 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône ($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

2017 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino

Our feature wine this week is the 2017 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($89.99). 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 2017 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($89.99) will put a smile on their face. Pictured, the 2017 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($89.99) ... (read more)

Last Minute Thanksgiving Selections from Francos

2014 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 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99), the 2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99) and the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($46.99). And we have a large selectioin of Small Batch American Whiskey, Single Malt Scotch and Port. Pictured, the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) ... (read more)

2013 Louis Roederer Cristal — Celebrate your Turkey

2014 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 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) 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 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) ... (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 ($46.99), 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 2021 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($49.99), 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 ($46.99) ... (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 ($36.99). 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 ($36.99) ... (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

2020 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

This week we are featuring three terrific wines from the Vietti Winery in Northern Italy: the 2020 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 2020 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($18.99) ... (read more)

Our Fabulous Fall Collection of Bordeaux under $20

2018 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 2018 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99), 2018 Château Fongaban ($17.99), 2016 Château Haut Plaisance ($18.99), and the 2019 Château de Parenchère ($16.99). Pictured, the 2018 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 ($46.99), 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 ($46.99) on hand for those mid-September evenings on the patio. Pictured, the 2019 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($46.99) ... (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 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 ($10.99) which you can pair with monkfish, sea bass, fresh cod or even many basic shrimp salad recipes. Pictured, the Broadbent Vinho Verde ($10.99) ... (read more)

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