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About Francos

Service, selection and competitive pricing have been our legacy for 90 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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Thursday, February 01, 2024

Tuesday - Friday 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Monday CLOSED
Local delivery orders received after the Saturday cutoff time will be available for "in store" pick up on Sunday, otherwise will be delivered on Tuesday.

Memorial Day 2024 - Wines for the Weekend

Friday, May 24, 2024
 Bianca Giovese Vino Bianco

Memorial Day Weekend has arrived and is bringing along with it the spirit of the summer ahead. Wherever your adventures take you, we have all your wine and spirit needs at hand to help you indulge in the flavors of the season. Our newest item from Giovese Family Wines is the Bianca Giovese Vino Bianco ($29.99) which is a 3 Liter Premium Boxed Wine (equivalent to four bottles). This delightful white wine, a blend of organic Italian grapes, is perfect for that casual glass of wine.

For those of you who like to lounge on the patio or relax in a beach chair, the 2023 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet ($14.99), with its bright and zesty style, is a perfect wine to carry you through the season. If you are throwing some chicken on the grill and want to pair it with a California Chardonnay, our two top choices would be the 2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay ($34.99) or the 2021 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay ($36.99). Of course if fish is on the menu, our selection of Sancerre is where you want to focus, and the 2022 Le Roi des Pierres Sancerre ($32.99), 2023 Domaine Gérard Boulay Sancerre Chavignol ($35.99), or the 2023 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre ($29.99) will make it a tough choice as all are delicious and classically styled. Summer reds offer a variety of styles and for those of you looking for a red wine on the lighter side you can never go wrong with the 2022 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($19.99). The 2022 Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Saseti ($23.99) with its modest 12.5% alcohol content, also makes an excellent choice. The 2022 Averaen Pinot Noir ($29.99) from Oregon enjoys solid structure with an easy mouthfeel. But if you are ready to grill up the first Ribeye for the season and looking for a big California Cabernet, you can't go wrong with the 2022 DAOU Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($26.99) or the 2020 Chateau Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon ($41.99) as well as the 2019 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon ($69.99) or the 2018 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon ($63.99). Also check out our Refreshing Rose link to see our selection of seasonal Rosé and for those of you mixing up some Margaritas or Ranch Water Cocktails, our Tequila link will show you all our favorites. Saturday we pour both the Bianca Giovese Vino Bianco ($29.99) and the 2022 Averaen Pinot Noir ($29.99). Pictured, the Bianca Giovese Vino Bianco ($29.99) ... (read more)

2023 Masson Apremont - Summer in the Savoie

Thursday, May 16, 2024
2023 Jean Masson Apremont

While it may be a bit early to start thinking about summer plans, it's definitely not too early to start thinking about summer wines. As the mercury starts to rise it's sometimes exciting to veer off the beaten path and discover the lesser-known gems of the wine world. The Savoie, located in the eastern region of France near the Swiss Alps, holds many vinous secrets and today we will uncover one of them. Today we offer the 2023 Jean Masson Apremont ($18.99). This incredible white wine is made from Jacquère, an indigenous grape variety that thrives throughout the Savoie region. The vines flourish in the clay-limestone soil which gives this wine its mineral undertones. The nose of this wine is fresh, clean and dry with aromas of green apple. Mid-plate, nuances of white pear and beeswax can be detected as the lemony acids trail off into a smooth finish. This versatile wine is a perfect pairing with any white fish recipe and also pairs extremely well with traditional cheeses from the region. Saturday we pour both the 2023 Jean Masson Apremont ($18.99) and the 2020 Altano Rewilding Edition ($19.99).

2012 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay - Treat Mom Right

Thursday, May 09, 2024
2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay

This weekend marks Mother's Day and whatever your plans may be they can certainly be enhanced with a thoughtfully selected bottle of wine. Francos Wine Merchants has all of Mom's favorites, including a terrific new arrival from the Anderson Valley in California. Today we present to you the 2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay ($34.99). It greets you with a vibrant nose of tangerine zest and grilled peach, letting you know this wine is alive with flavor. The palate is crisp and bright while unveiling flavors of Meyer lemon and baked apple, yet there's a captivating depth that provides impeccable balance and energy guiding you through a delightful and lingering finish. The 2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay ($34.99) is a true journey of flavor in every glass. Saturday we pour both the 2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay ($34.99) and the 2019 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($42.99) - two wines that will make a perfect addition to any Mother's Day Celebration. Pictured, the 2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay ($34.99) ... (read more)

Cinco de Mayo & Derby Day - Double Duty Weekend!

Thursday, May 02, 2024
 Woodford Reserve Bourbon

This coming weekend is a double header with Tequila and Bourbon having a face-off. We have the annual Run for the Roses with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and then the summer tequila season kicks off with Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. Time to grab some fresh mint and select your favorite bourbon because it's not Derby Day without a classic Mint Julep. If you are a traditionalist, you will have to go with the Woodford Reserve Bourbon ($44.99). Don't overlook some of our other favorites including Blade and Bow Bourbon ($52.99), Pinhook Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($39.99), Calumet Small Batch ($59.99) and the Doc Swinson's Alter Ego Triple Cask Bourbon ($64.99). Click here to see our entire selection of bourbon and rye. For those of you zeroing in on Cinco de Mayo, our tequila selection includes some familiar faces like the Casamigos Blanco ($55.99) or the Don Julio Blanco ($44.99), but our focus had been on the selection of Additive-Free Tequilas that have come to market, including the Paladar Blanco ($54.99) and Paladar Reposado ($62.99), and the Casa Noble Reposado ($54.99) and Casa Noble Anejo ($62.99). Click here to see our entire selection of tequila. Saturday we pour both the 2023 Château Saint Roch Old Vines Rosé ($16.99) and the 2021 Isola del Satiro Rosso ($15.99). Pictured, the Woodford Reserve Bourbon ($44.99) ... (read more)

2022 Monte dall'Ora Valpolicella Saseti — Vibrant Veneto

Thursday, April 25, 2024
2022 Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Saseti

Nothing shines like the wines from the Veneto, an Italian region which is home to many classic wines. Our journey today brings us to the estate of Monte Dall'Ora, nestled in the hillsides of the Veneto where we find our feature wine, the 2022 Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Saseti ($23.99). The Corvena, Corvione, Rondinella, Oseleta and Molinara vines give this wine a rich layer of complexity. It enjoys aromatics of green bell pepper followed by soft raspberries and crushed rocks. On the palate, cherry and small red fruit are present leading you into a stony finish with a hint of mineral. Classically styled, this blend of grapes is a wonderful accompaniment to many of your spring pasta dishes, but as the summer approaches, you can also enjoy this wine with a slight chill. Saturday we pour both the 2022 Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Saseti ($23.99) along with the Dignitat Cava ($15.99), a bright and fresh sparkling wine from Spain. Pictured, the 2022 Monte Dall'Ora Valpolicella Saseti ($23.99) ... (read more)

2019 Sierra Cantabria Rioja — Savor Spain

Thursday, April 18, 2024
2019 Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja

Many are away on vacation this week but if you are not, no need to feel stuck at home when you can take a whirlwind trip by opening a bottle of wine. Come with us today as we take a quick trip to Spain and explore this land of rich culture, stunning landscapes, and of course, delicious wine. We visit the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria where the the Eguren family produces the 2019 Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja ($21.99) — a Crianza, which means it's aged for more than 12 months in both French and American oak barrels. The result is a wine with a bright, ruby-red color with tones of ripe berry fruit and notes of cocoa and coffee. The palate is powerful and well balanced with nuances of the oak aging. Sturdy but with ripe tannins, this wine remains both complex and harmonious right through the finish. As the nights start to warm up and you think about that big, fat burger or juicy NY Strip Steak, this wine from the Eguren family promises to be an ideal complement. Saturday we pour both the 2019 Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja ($21.99) and the 2023 Alexander Valley Vineyard Gewürz ($18.99) — a delicious and innovative take on Gewürztraminer from California. Pictured, the 2019 Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja ($21.99) ... (read more)

The Return of 2023 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet

Thursday, April 11, 2024
2023 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet

According the the calendar spring should be here but the weather is telling a different story. So lets be positive and think spring! As we wait for the temperature to catch up with the calendar, we can transport ourselves to the sun-drenched vineyards of southern France and savor the flavors of the coming season. Our first stop brings us to the Languedoc in southern France where we find the 2023 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet ($14.99). This white wine, with its bright yellow/green highlights, greets you with aromas of pears and hints of citrus. The clean, green melon flavor is lively on the palate, and the slight roundness leads you into a soft finish. This wine is perfect on its own but truly shines when paired with seafood, shellfish or grilled fish. Comfortably priced, it is destined to become your "go to" white wine for spring and summer. Also in Languedoc, the 2022 Les Hérétiques ($11.99) is a blend of 80% Carignan grape and 20% Grenache. The floral aroma, with its approachable nuances of raspberries and blueberries, make it the perfect casual warm weather red wine. So as you fire up the grill and put on the first burgers of the season, this wine will play off nicely with the flavors of the grilled meat and a thick slice of red onion. Saturday we pour both the 2023 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet ($14.99) and the 2022 Les Hérétiques ($11.99). Pictured, the 2023 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet ($14.99) ... (read more)

2022 Averaen Pinot Noir — Opulent Oregon

Thursday, April 04, 2024
2022 Averaen Pinot Noir

An escape to Oregon promises pure delight, especially for those who savor the state's flagship red grape, Pinot Noir. This week we visit The Willamette Valley to see what we can find. Averaen vineyards' 2022 Averaen Pinot Noir ($29.99) is a harmonious blend of seven vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this wine is a textbook example of what this region can offer for the varietal. You can feel the electricity in the glass as this wine shows off nuances of cherry, cranberry and blackberry. Once in the mouth, you are greeted with flavors of black tea, anise and blood orange with a hint of vanilla accents adding to its complexity. The texture is ripe and plush with a line of firm acids running through the core to keep the wine vibrant. As spring menus start to take center stage, the 2022 Averaen Pinot Noir ($29.99) will pair exquisitely with almost any red meat or chicken recipe. Saturday we pour both the 2022 Averaen Pinot Noir ($29.99) along with the 2021 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay ($34.99). Pictured, the 2022 Averaen Pinot Noir ($29.99) ... (read more)

2021 Domaine D'Ouréa — Rustic Rhône

Thursday, March 21, 2024
2021 Domaine D'Ourea Tire Bouchon

The Rhône valley in Southern France boasts a diverse range of wines, from prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape to approachable Côtes du Rhône, with a variety of everyday wines in between. Today our journey takes us to the heart of the Southern Rhône, to Domaine D'Ouréa in the renowned Vacqueyras region. Adrien Roustan of Domaine D'Ouréa vinifies and matures his wines naturally without adding any oenological products to guarantee true, sincere wines that reflect the terroir of the southern Rhône. While this domaine produces several wines, today we highlight the 2021 Domaine D'Ouréa Tire Bouchon ($15.99). This wine is a blend of several regional grapes, mostly Grenache and Carignan with the balance being Syrah, Aramon and Counoise. It shows off a beautifully bright and floral nose infused with red fruit. On the palate, rustic flavors of plum come forward along with ample tannins before trailing off to a finish with a hint of spice. As grilling season approaches, this would be the perfect wine to pair with simple grilled meat menus. Saturday we pour the 2021 Domaine D'Ouréa Tire Bouchon ($15.99) along with the 2022 Clos Henri Otira Sauvignon Blanc ($23.99). Pictured, the 2021 Domaine D'Ouréa Tire Bouchon ($15.99) ... (read more)

Isola del Satiro — Rhapsody in Rosso

Thursday, March 14, 2024
2021 Isola del Satiro Rosso

As vibrant hues of spring paint these days of March, we invite you to indulge in the rhapsody of an Italian Rosso. Take a quick journey with us to Sicily as we familiarize ourselves with the wines of this region. This week we travel to Sicily where we find the Paladino family, and their 2021 Isola del Satiro Rosso ($15.99). This red elixir, a harmonious marriage of Sicily's native grapes, Nero d'Avola and Perricone, draws its vitality from sun-drenched slopes adorned with clay and silt soil. The wine's radiant red and violet hues beckon, introducing a sensory journey adorned with the luscious aroma of dark berries. Upon the palate, the dance of flavors unfolds — ripe raspberry, red cherry, and a subtle hint of spice, tantalizing and teasing the taste buds. The wine's velvety embrace, complemented by soft, delicate tannins, guides the experience to a smooth, lingering finale. Join us in savoring the essence of Sicilian terroir in every sip of the 2021 Isola del Satiro Rosso ($15.99). Saturday we pour both the 2021 Isola del Satiro Rosso ($15.99) along with the 2021 Château Saint Roch Old Vines White ($15.99). Pictured, the 2021 Isola del Satiro Rosso ($15.99) ... (read more)

Revisiting the Wines of Jean-Paul Brun

Thursday, March 07, 2024
2022 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay

As we creep ever so slowly towards spring, our choices of wine also start to creep in a different direction. Granted we will have a cold day or two, or even some snow, but if you want to think positive, think Jean-Paul Brun. From Burgundy, the 2022 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay ($18.99) is ready to greet you with an inviting, bright yellow hue and a waft of ripe citrus aromas. The nuances of apple and pear entice the taste buds and are followed up by a bright acidity and clean taste from the stainless steel aging. Easy to drink as well as easy on the wallet, this wine is a perfect pairing for tarragon roast chicken or any herb-based poultry recipe. Moving over to one of his red wines, let's examine his 2022 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($19.99). Made from 100% Gamay grape, this wine shows off aromas of black cherry that are incredibly enticing. The modest alcohol content helps elevate the flavors of red fruit and hints of earth, exotic spice and sexy overtones. So, if a simple Sunday roast is on the menu one of these March weekends, this fantastic effort from Jean-Paul Brun will make a beautiful pairing and will not disappoint. Saturday we pour both the 2022 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay ($18.99) and the 2022 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($19.99). Pictured, the 2022 Jean Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay ($18.99) ... (read more)

2021 Frank Family Chardonnay — In Like a Lion

Thursday, February 29, 2024
2021 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay

As we put February behind us, it's time to look forward to the longer, sunnier days of March. While the thermometer can still be a bit stubborn in movement, you can always warm things up with something from California, such as the 2021 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay ($36.99). This wine offers up nuances of toasted brioche and the nose leads you directly into a creamy, full body core that you expect from a Carneros Chardonnay. Layers of yellow apple, lemon curd and baked pear tantalize the taste buds as this wine first enters your mouth. The flavors are flawlessly balanced with vanilla and baking spice which lead you directly into a long and lasting finish. So roast a chicken to perfection with a bevy of winter vegetables and the warmth will melt away the rest of winter. Saturday we pour both the 2021 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay ($36.99) and the 2020 Altano Rewilding Edition ($19.99). Pictured, the 2021 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay ($36.99) ... (read more)

Tenuta Sant'Antonio - Repas & Ripasso

Thursday, February 22, 2024
2020 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi

As we count the days till March, the cold February nights give us the opportunity to enjoy a good meal, a warm fire and of course a fantastic bottle of wine. In this season of comfort foods and uncomplicated wines, we have the perfect winter wine choice at hand. This week, from the region of Valpolicella in northern Italy, we bring you the 2020 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi ($22.99). Ripasso is a traditional and unique style that adds an impressive degree of body and complexity, putting them a step above your average Valpolicella. This wine is a blend of primarily Corvina and Rondinella with a small amount of Croatina and Oseleta grapes. The result is a wine showing 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 both the 2020 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi ($22.99) along with the 2022 Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99). Pictured, the 2020 Tenuta Sant'Antonio Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Monti Garbi ($22.99) ... (read more)

Steak & Seventy-Five

Thursday, February 15, 2024
2021 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon

The days are starting to get longer and a little brighter, but as soon as the sun sets the temperature drop tells you it's still winter. So while the winter nights are here for the time being, you can always warm them up with wine. One perfect example, from the Beckstoffer family in Napa Valley, is the 2021 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99). This wine greets you with aromas of blackberry and hints of dry cedar. In the mouth, flavors of espresso beans, plums and raspberry tantalize the taste buds as hints of tannin and oak balance out the core flavors. The finish is dry and lingering and leaves you ready to take another sip. If you have been eyeing that Ribeye or NY-strip in the butcher case, this easy drinking, approachable Cabernet from Tuck Beckstoffer will easily pair up to the fatty, marbled flavors of those or any steak of your choosing. Saturday we pour both the 2021 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) and the 2021 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco ($15.99). Pictured, the 2021 Seventy Five Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.99) ... (read more)

2022 Jean Masson Apremont — Seductive Savoie

Thursday, February 08, 2024
2023 Jean Masson Apremont

As we journey through February, we are hoping our friend the groundhog is telling the truth and an early spring is on the way. This week we bring you a white wine from the Alpine region of the Savoie, perfect to enjoy whether it's a cold snowy night or a mild winter evening. The 2023 Jean Masson Apremont ($18.99) is made from Jacquère, an indigenous grape. The vines thrive in the clay-limestone soil that gives this wine its mineral undertones. The nose of the Jean Masson Apremont is fresh, clean and dry with aromas of green apple. Mid-palate, nuances of white pear and beeswax can be detected as the lemony acids trail off into a smooth finish. This versatile wine is a perfect pairing with any white fish recipe and also goes extremely well with a traditional cheese fondue. Saturday we pour both the 2023 Jean Masson Apremont ($18.99) and the 2022 Domaine Jean Royer Le Petit Roy ($19.99) — a delicious red blend from the Rhône that has a little bit of muscle from a Rhône-style blend of Mouvedre, Grenache and Syrah. Pictured, the 2023 Jean Masson Apremont ($18.99) ... (read more)

2020 Altano Rewilding — Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Thursday, February 01, 2024
2020 Altano Rewilding Edition

February is here, and for those of you who have not planned a winter escape, we invite you to take a quick trip to Portugal and revisit the wines from that part of the world. Here we find a classic red blend from the Symington family, the 2020 Altano Rewilding Edition ($19.99). A classic Douro blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, it is named to highlight the collaboration between the Symington family and Rewilding Portugal to support environmental conservation. This deep crimson wine is elegant and fruit-driven, and it offers up a fresh, roserock fragrance with notes of Mediterranean vegetation and nuances of red fruit. Winemakers Charles Symington and Pedro Correia have carefully crafted a red wine with good body and seasoned with ripe, succulent flavors. The weighted mouthfeel ushers in some peppery tannins and surrounds the taut structure of this wine before trailing off into a lush and long finish. Saturday we pour the 2020 Altano Rewilding Edition ($19.99) and the 2021 Vicentini Agostino Terrelunghe Soave ($15.99). Pictured, the 2020 Altano Rewilding Edition ($19.99) ... (read more)

The Pathfinder — Blazing New Trails

Thursday, January 25, 2024
 The Pathfinder Hemp & Root

As January comes to a close, we are still blazing new trails in the NA market and we have one more choice to share with you. One of our favorite non-alcoholic options is the The Pathfinder Hemp & Root ($39.99), a fermented and distilled hemp-based mixer. This unique herbal elixir lends itself to a variety of NA cocktail possibilities. If you are a fan of herbal, aromatic cocktails, The Pathfinder is made for you. Their signature "The Pathfinder Spritz" is a combination of The Pathfinder, freshly squeezed lemon juice and club soda, one of the endless variety of cocktails that can be made with this carefully crafted spirit. And one of our favorites is back! The 2020 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence ($19.99) greets you with flavors of black cherry, plums and dark chocolate. The hint of lavender and its silky texture lead you right into a solid finish that enjoys an unmistakable expression of the rich Provençal soil. So as you gather your braised beef or chicken recipes on these chilly January nights, this is the wine you should have waiting on the table. Saturday we pour both the The Pathfinder Hemp & Root ($39.99) and the 2020 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence ($19.99). Pictured, the The Pathfinder Hemp & Root ($39.99) ... (read more)

Discover Dirty Pelican

Thursday, January 18, 2024
 Dirty Pelican Elderflower Paloma Organic Mixer

Whether you are practicing Dry January or simply looking to shake-up the selection on your wet bar, the Dirty Pelican line of Mixers has you covered. Today we focus on the Dirty Pelican Elderflower Paloma Organic Mixer ($19.99). This mixer enjoys tart grapefruit paired with fresh lime along with the intoxicating botanical essence of elderflower. Enjoy alcohol-free with seltzer and sparkling water, or mix well with vodka, gin, prosecco and a variety of other spirits. Be sure to try other flavors, such as the Dirty Pelican Mango Passionfruit Margarita Organic Mixer ($19.99) and the Dirty Pelican Jalapeño Margarita Organic Mixer ($19.99). Now for those of you looking for a red wine to warm up your January nights, the 2021 Château de Combel la Serre 'Le Pur Fruit du Causse' ($16.99) will do the trick. Made from Malbec, this is a very dark colored wine, yet has a tremendous flavor of blackberry fruit. Lighter in style than its South American cousins, yet still big in flavor, it would be a perfect pairing for a Flat Iron Steak or even a more full-flavored Rib-Eye. Saturday we pour two NA options, the Dirty Pelican Elderflower Paloma Organic Mixer ($19.99) and the Dr.Fischer Steinbock Sparkling Riesling Non Alcoholic ($17.99), along with the 2021 Château de Combel la Serre 'Le Pur Fruit du Causse' ($16.99). Pictured, the Dirty Pelican Elderflower Paloma Organic Mixer ($19.99) ... (read more)

Ring in the New Year with the Most Popular Champagnes of the Season

Thursday, December 28, 2023
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 as we have you covered. If you want to celebrate in style, then 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) is at the top of the list. Landing in the top 10 of Wine Spectator's Wines of the Year, this vintage received a 98 point rating. Close behind is the 2013 Dom Perignon ($299.99); with its classic fresh, crystalline style, this champagne offers up a gentle richness that never fails to please the palate. If you are in the market for an outstanding non-vintage champagne, you may also want to consider the champagnes of Ruinart. The Ruinart Blanc de Blanc ($99.99) delivers a radiant balance of roundness and smoothness. For the Rosé lover, the Ruinart Rosé ($109.99) offers notes of pomegranate and fresh apple. We have many sparkling wines from other regions, including the Bailly Lapierre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut ($19.99) from Burgundy, the Roederer Estate ($33.99) from the United States, as well as the Boschendal Sparkling Brut ($21.99) and the Boschendal Sparkling Rosé ($21.99) from South Africa. Saturday we pour both the Boschendal Sparkling Brut ($21.99) and the Boschendal Sparkling Rosé ($21.99). Pictured, the 2014 Louis Roederer Cristal ($349.99) ... (read more)

Francos is here for your last minute Holiday Wines & Gift Ideas

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
2019 Chateau Gloria Saint Julien

We are down to the last few days of shopping, and if you still have a few people to cross off your gift list, or need wines for your holiday table, we're here to help. From wine to Champagne to port to spirits, Francos has all your bases covered. For red wine lovers, we have a great selection of Bordeaux, including wines from the highly acclaimed 2019 vintage such as the 2019 Château Gloria Saint Julien ($59.99), the 2019 Château Siran ($49.99), and many more. For those who enjoy California Cabernet, our selection of Napa Valley Cabernet include Wine Spectator #6 Wine of the Year, the 2019 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon ($214.99), along with other popular choices from the 2019 Dominus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($349.99) to the 2020 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.99). We can't fit everything here, so make sure to click (read more) for many more holiday selections! White wine drinkers have terrific choices as well, including the 2021 Louis Jadot Meursault ($96.99) from Burgundy or the 2021 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($49.99), a California Chardonnay that also appeared on the Top Wines of the Year list. For the spirit lovers on your list, don't forget about our vast selection of Bourbon, Rye and Scotch. You can browse our whiskey by clicking on our Small Batch American Whiskey and our Single Malt Scotch links located on our Home Page. Saturday we pour the Champagne Louis Nicaise Brut Reserve ($49.99) along with the 2020 Uccelliera Rapace ($36.99). Pictured, the 2019 Château Gloria Saint Julien ($59.99) ... (read more)

2019 L'Abeille de Fieuzal — Upgrade your Gift List

Thursday, December 07, 2023
2019 L'Abeille de Fieuzal

The Holiday shopping season is underway and as we are looking to cross things off our gift-buying list, this week we bring you the perfect wine for any Bordeaux lover, the 2019 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($42.99). This wine is a classic Bordeaux blend of 55% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, and enjoys an aroma of ripe, red fruit and wonderful dark berries. The mouthfeel is smooth with hints of lush currant and the wine is delicately balanced with fine acidity, structure and tannins. This gem from the fabulous 2019 vintage is ready to be enjoyed now and would make a perfect accompaniment to many holiday menus, or for those of you thinking ahead, it would also make a nice gift for any red wine lover on your list. Saturday we pour the 2019 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($42.99) along with the 2022 Clos Henri Otira Sauvignon Blanc ($23.99) — a terrific white wine from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Pictured, the 2019 L'Abeille de Fieuzal ($42.99) ... (read more)

Ring in December with 2021 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône

Thursday, November 30, 2023
2021 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone

December has arrived and a month of parties and gift giving lays ahead. Open seven days a week for December, Francos Wine Merchants is stocked and ready to help you on all fronts with a well-stocked selection of wines and spirits as well as a month of fabulous wine tastings. We are going to start out the season in France's Rhône Valley with the 2021 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône ($37.99). The full flavor and the plush style of this wine come from the cepage which is a blend of several of the classic Rhône grapes — Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. This wine enjoys complex notes of peppery spice and dark fruit that drink well right out of the gate. Evenly balanced with grippy tannins, the wine gives off a mouthful of pleasure and leads into a zesty and long finish. Saturday we pour the 2021 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône ($37.99) along with the 2022 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($54.99). Pictured, the 2021 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhône ($37.99) ... (read more)

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