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Winter Hours

Our hours of operation for Winter 2022 are as follows:

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

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


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.

Catina Sociale di Gattinara is a "social cellar" of forty wine growing families founded in 1908 in the centuries old city of Gattinara. The winery owners in this northern region have given the regional wine growing families a steady path to continued independence and stewardship of their lands by combining resources to produce exceptional wines. The forty families that comprise this particular Catina Sociale each care for their own tiny plots which total over 15 hectares of vines that thrive in the pure, volcanic soils in the hills of Alto Piedmont.

One of the wines produced is the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99). Comprised exclusively of grapes grown in the Alto Piedmont, their Vino Rosso is predominantly Nebbiolo grape blended with other local, indigenous grapes. Hand harvesting and aging in Slavonian casks lends to the enticing aroma its tobacco nose, highlighted with hints of cedar. On the palate you are greeted with flavors of red and black berries that instantly dazzle the tongue. From there the wine leads you directly into a gentle finish of firm tannins. This effort from Canina Sociale di Gattinara is a proud example of their 100+ years of production.

Pair the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99) with any classic Italian meal such as Lasagne Bolognese or perhaps a meal with a nuovo twist such as Mushroom Parmigiana. You can find this wine as one of our January Cellar Specials as well as hear about it in this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute — both of which can be found on our Home Page.


Winter Hours

Francos Wine Merchants will be operating the following hours for Winter 2022:

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays & Mondays

Local orders received after the Saturday cutoff time will not be delivered until the following Tuesday.


We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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

2018 Petalos del Bierzo 2020 Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir

Francos is open Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6pm and is closed Sunday and Monday

In addition to in store shopping and pickup, we offer Free Local Delivery, Curbside Service and FedEx Delivery. For Local Delivery and in response to requests from our Local Delivery customers, we have added a tip feature to the Checkout screen. Here you will be able to add a tip for the delivery person. Please be aware that 100% of the tip will go to the driver.


  • Our current delivery zone is New Canaan, Darien, Rowayton and all of Norwalk, Stamford and Greenwich.
  • For New Canaan Delivery orders received before 2pm, we will do our best to offer same day service. Orders received after that time will be delivered the next business day. No delivery on Sunday.
  • Darien, Rowayton and all of Norwalk, Stamford & Greenwich deliveries: we will do our best to get orders delivered in 24-48 hours, keeping in mind that we do not deliver Sunday or Monday. If delivery becomes too demanding, delivery zone parameters may be modified.
  • Curbside Pickup, Mon - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, Sunday, 12pm - 4pm: we will do our best to have orders ready within 30 minutes of you placing the order.

2020 Louis Jadot Macon Villages 2020 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Inventory Shortages — We are doing our best to keep the website up-to-date, but there may be times where "in stock" items are ordered before we are able to update the website. We will do our best to contact you before your order is delivered, so please be sure to check the contact email/Phone you provided so we may offer substitutions. If we are unable to contact you, your order will be delivered minus any "out of stock" items.

FedEx Deliveries — Any orders shipped out FedEx will be subject to the delivery restrictions set forth by FedEx. They are experiencing extremely heavy volume and have been experiencing delays with both Ground and Express services. Please also be aware that in any areas where there are restrictions on delivery vehicles, packages will be dropped off at the nearest FedEx location for Pick-up.

Francos Wine Merchants thanks you for your continued patronage. We look forward to seeing you online and in the store.


Slip into January with Château de Parenchère

2018 Chateau de Parenchere

The post-holiday blues have arrived; you are still writing 2021 on your checks. The bathroom scale taunts you daily and the family has abandoned all interest in the now dying Christmas tree. But fear not; you can still come home from work to a nice, warm dinner accompanied by a glass of wine, comfortable in both price and taste.

Bordeaux Supérieur is an appellation tier made within the Bordeaux and, as the name implies, the wines are slightly "superior" to your standard Bordeaux AOC wines. They are generally not aged that long in the barrel and therefore often offer an easy-drinking profile. These wines feature the grapes of Bordeaux, relying mainly on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.

All this brings us to one of our featured wines for January, the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99). Located about 25 miles from Saint-Emilion, near where the Dordogne flows into the Gironde, the property that comprises the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99) rises in the heart of a green and hilly landscape. The terroir in this Bordeaux region is composed of mostly clay and limestone, and it is the high clay content which explains the power of the wines produced there. The foundation of this estate was laid in 1570 but was most recently renovated in 1958 by Raphael Gazaniol and today is in the hands of his son Jean and granddaughter Julia demonstrating that great wines can come from lesser-known terroirs.

The vineyards are planted with several varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Among the wines they produce, the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99) is one of the classic cuvées of the estate. 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. This wine 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 built for simple dishes that populate our winter menus.

You can find the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99) as one of our January Cellar Specials on our Home Page.


Winter Hours

Francos Wine Merchants will be operating the following hours for Winter 2022:

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays & Mondays

Local orders received after the Saturday cutoff time will not be delivered until the following Tuesday.


We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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

2010 Dom Perignon

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 to ring in the New Year, Francos Wine Merchants has your selection at hand.

 Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut  Ruinart Rose

If you want to ring in 2022 in style, then the 2010 Dom Perignon ($199.99) is how to do it. This expressive vintage offers up aromas of crisp green apple, peach and yeasty hints of freshly baked bread. The moderately concentrated fruit core is soft and round with ripe acids and a subtle saline finish. The 2010 vintage garnered a 92 point rating from Robert Parker and is ready to enjoy now.

If Rosé champagnes are your choice, the Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut ($84.99) is one champagne on which to set your focus. Bursting with notes of red berry, apples, blood orange and pomegranate, this wine is full-bodied and vinous. The core of ripe acids leads you into a gentle and elegant finish. Also of note is the Ruinart Rosé ($99.99) which has a vibrant style offering up aromas of tangerine, plum and brioche. This champagne is already showing well and its medium to full-bodied weight makes it a perfect wine to celebrate the season.

 Pol Roger Reserve Brut Champagne

Without a doubt, the Pol Roger Reserve Brut Champagne ($48.99) has been our biggest seller of the season for a non-vintage champagne. The beautiful straw gold hue sparkles in the fine bubbles of this terrific Champagne. The attractive nose of pear and mango leads into the light flavors of honeysuckle and white jasmine. Once in the mouth the bolder flavors of vanilla and brioche enter in a seamless harmony along with a pleasant freshness all while preserving the structure of this fine wine.

You can see our complete selection by clicking on the Champagne link on our Home Page as well as our Prosecco & Other Sparkling Wine link to view our other sparkling selections.


Holiday Hours

Francos Wine Merchants will be operating the following hours through New Year's:

Monday - Thursday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday December 31st (New Year's Eve) 9:00AM - 5:00PM
January 1st, 2nd & 3rd - CLOSED. Francos will be closed for a Post-Holiday Shutdown and we will reopen Tuesday January 4th at 10:00AM.

The Staff at Francos Wine Merchants wishes all our customers the best for 2022.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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Last Minute Holiday Gift Suggestions from Francos

2019 Jadot Meursault  Charmes 2019 Far Niente Chardonnay

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). This Premier Cru white Burgundy shows off notes of pear and apple followed by notes of ripe citrus. The mid-palate density of this wine delivers fine length finishing off with a touch of acacia blossoms in the mouth. If a California Chardonnay is more your style, you can travel to Napa Valley and enjoy the toasted nuts flavors and mouthwatering finish of the 2019 Far Niente Chardonnay ($59.99), or travel to the Russian River Valley in Sonoma where the 2018 Paul Hobbs River Valley Chardonnay ($53.99) lies in wait with its rich and fresh bright fruit flavors rife with nuances that only a coastal climate vineyard can produce. For those of you who need a Chardonnay a little more down to earth, definitely set your sights on the 2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($38.99) from Napa or the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99).

2003 Taylor Fladgate 2003 Fonseca

Whether you are in need of something to end the holiday dinner or something fabulous for the collector on your gift list you cannot go wrong with Port. The 2003 Taylor Fladgate ($99.99) and the 2011 Taylor Fladgate ($104.99) are two outstanding vintages from this flagship port house. You can also explore the Port from Fonseca with the 2003 Fonseca ($96.99), or if you are having a large gathering the 2003 Fonseca ($288.99) in the Magnum (1.5 Liter) size will definitely wow the dinner table. You can view our entire collection by clicking on the Port link on our Home Page.

Our Holiday Hours

Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours Christmas week:

Monday-Thursday 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday (Christmas Eve) 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday (Christmas Day) CLOSED
Sunday (Dec. 26th) CLOSED

Monday (Dec 27th) 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Francos Wine Merchants wishes all our customers the best for the Holiday Season.


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Cellar Collectables for your Holiday Gift List

2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

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.

For those of you who have red wine lovers on your list, one of our top picks from California this season is the 2018 Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.99). Boasting a solid 94 point rating from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, this full bodied palate features bright, crunchy black and red fruit with a soft texture and lively finish and will cellar well for the next 20 years. Moving north, the 2018 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir ($89.99) will tantalize any lover of Oregon Pinot Noir. The nose of black current and dark cherry leads you directly into the wine's velvet tannins and long weighted finish. All it takes is one taste to see why this is the flagship wine of Domaine Serene. 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. These wines are sold in a 3-bottle wooden presentation case. Each 3-bottle case is On Sale for $2250.00 and you can read about each of these vineyard sites by clicking on our BOND Estate link on our Home Page.

Do you have a Bourbon or Rye drinker on your shopping list? Check out our Small Batch American Whiskey link to see whiskeys such as Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon ($49.99), Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($59.99) or the Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye ($89.99). You may also want to check out our Single Malt Scotches link for the scotch whiskey drinkers on your list.

Francos Open Every Day thru Dec. 24th

Our hours for December are as follows:

Monday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sundays 12:00PM-4:00PM (No Deliveries)
There will be no Local Delivery on Sunday.  Local Delivery orders placed after the Saturday cutoff can be picked up on Sunday during business hours; otherwise they will be delivered on Monday.

For more details on delivery services please click thru to our Home Page.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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The Wines of Chateau de Beaucastel

2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape

The Rhône Valley takes center stage this holiday season with the arrival of two outstanding wines from Beaucastel. Whether you are familiar or unfamiliar with the wines from this region, there is one place to start and that is with the Perrin Family.

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.

Long regarded as one of the most outstanding wines in France, the 2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($99.99) has been the release we have been waiting for all fall. This wine 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. This 70 hectare vineyard located between Orange and Avignon enjoyed a stellar growing season. The near perfect weather conditions helped produce a wine that draws you in with its magnificent deep intense ruby-red color. Soon after the nose offers up rich and complex notes of spice, fresh fruit and cocoa. In the mouth you are treated to a silky texture and powerful flavors of blackberry and exotic spices. Full-bodied and generous on the palate, this wine leads you directly into a long and enjoyable finish. If there is a wine collector on your shopping list, the 2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($99.99) will be their favorite gift under the tree.

2019 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone

For those of you who are looking for an entry point to this renown winery without the hefty price tag, there is no better place to start than the 2019 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($29.99). The enticing deep color leads you into a multi-layered nose of ripe fruit and spice. Full-bodied and balanced, the palate is delicate with flavors of cherry, plums and licorice leading you into a long finish. If you are looking for that special wine to serve at the holiday table without breaking the bank, look no further than the 2019 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($29.99).

You can find the 2019 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape ($99.99) as one of our Cellar Specials and the 2019 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone ($29.99) on the New Arrivals link, both located on our Home Page where you can also view this week's segment of the Francos Wine Minute where we talk about both of these incredible wines.

Francos Open Every Day thru Dec. 24th

Our hours for December are as follows:

Monday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sundays 12:00PM-4:00PM (No Deliveries)
There will be no Local Delivery on Sunday.  Local Delivery orders placed after the Saturday cutoff can be picked up on Sunday during business hours; otherwise they will be delivered on Monday.

For more details on delivery services please click thru to our Home Page.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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2016 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino — December in Tuscany

2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino

December is here and time to start your holiday shopping. There are only three shopping weekends on this year's calendar so there's no time to waste, and today our wine brings you to Italy and Tenuta Il Poggione.

The story of this famous vineyard brings us back to the end of the 19th century and Landowner Lavinio Franceschi who was fascinated by tales told by a local shepherd who moved his sheep between pastures around the hills of Montalcino that he visited and ended up purchasing land there. Franceschi's greatest achievement was to recognize the area's potential for vine cultivation and winemaking and to see the possibilities of the Sangiovese grapes that had always been grown in the area. Today, Tenuta Il Poggione is one of Montalcino's largest wineries with both vineyards and olive groves. Still owned by the Franceschi family, they have always practiced diversified farming by planting different crops on their land. More recently, solar panels have been installed on the winery's roof, reducing the environmental impact of its wines.

All this brings us to our feature wine, the 2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($84.99). This star wine from the Tenuta Il Poggione is produced exclusively from Sangiovese grapes picked by hand from the vineyards' oldest vines. The 2016 Vintage of this wine first greets you with a beautiful dark and concentrated appearance followed by exuberant and expressive aromas of candied cherry with hints of tobacco and smoke. The ruby red color in the glass is very intense and flavors of red fruit notes burst forward in the mouth. 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. So if there is a lover of classic Italian wines on your holiday gift list, the 2016 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino ($84.99) will put a smile on their face.

NewCanaanite.com is highlighting local retailers for the month of December and if you missed the recent article on Francos Wine Merchants you can read it here.

December Hours : Our hours for December are as follows:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sundays 12:00PM-4:00PM (No Deliveries)
Francos will be Closed Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local DeliveryCurbside Service and FedEx Services.

There will be no Local Delivery on Sunday or Monday.  Local Delivery orders placed after the Saturday cutoff can be picked up on Sunday during business hours; otherwise they will be delivered on Tuesday.

For more details on these services please click thru to our Home Page.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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Last Minute Thanksgiving Selections from Francos

2013 Louis Roederer Cristal

Thanksgiving is upon us and if you are still in need of selecting your holiday wine or perhaps in need of stocking up on a few last minute items, Francos Wine Merchants is here to help.

If you like to start things off in a celebratory way, why not consider the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99). The 2013 Vintage has set a new standard, as it is now produced from organically farmed fruit and has received a 98 rating from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. The broad, textural and muscular style of this champagne makes it perfect for your Thanksgiving.

2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

For those of you who prefer to serve a red wine with your turkey, you may want to consider the 2019 Bergström Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir ($41.99) from Oregon. Dark and vibrant, this cherry colored wine has explosive aromas of dark cherries, black currant and blueberries. Moving over to California, we have the 2020 Drew Mid-Elevation Pinot Noir ($29.99). This vineyard site just north of Sonoma produces a richly colored wine with an intense nose of black cherries, plum and a hint of persimmon which ie balanced out by a long, mineral finish. Traveling to Burgundy, may we suggest the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge ($31.99)? Greeting you with a dash of spice on the nose, this simple Bourgogne travels far above its modest name. Racy and intense, this red wine enjoys a classic Burgundian style and is a perfect pairing for your Turkey dinner. For those of you looking for a red wine with a different structure, you should consider the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99). This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. First greeting you with cedar notes highlighted by a hint of graphite and subtle tree bark scents, this is soon followed up by loads of exotic spice all supported by firm, grainy tannins. Lastly, for those of you who prefer a classic Napa Valley Cabernet, you can't do better than the 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99). Caymus has a classic signature style that is dark in color and offers up layers of lush aromas of cassis and dark berries all followed by a ripe finish with velvety tannins.

2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay

We have not forgotten you lovers of white wines, and we have on sale the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99). Showing off a light straw hue along with expressive aromas of citrus zest and honeysuckle, this wine is well-balanced with a nice minerality and textural salinity. Moving over to Napa, we have the 2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($38.99). Concentrated and balanced, this wine enjoys a pineapple and jasmine bouquet followed by a palate of white peach, minerality and a hint of nuttiness. Do you have a lover of White Burgundy at the table? Then look no further than the 2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux ($29.99). Delivering a nose of minerals and green apples, the flinty flavor of wet stone and the beautifully clean finish will definitely satisfy the lovers of a vibrant, crisp wine at the table.

For you spirit lovers, don't forget about our Bourbon, Rye and Scotches. You can see our entire selections by clicking on our Small Batch American Whiskey and our Single Malt Scotch links. For the end of the night, nothing is more traditional than Vintage Port for the perfect ending to your Thanksgiving dinner, so be sure to also check out our entire list of Vintage Ports and Tawney Ports on our Port link. All this links are located on our Home Page.


Holiday Hours for Thanksgiving — Francos will be open the following hours from now through Thanksgiving week:

Tuesday November 23rd 9:00AM-6:00PM
Wednesday November 24th 9:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday (Thanksgiving) - CLOSED
Friday November 26th 10:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday November 27th 10:00AM-6:00PM

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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2013 Louis Roederer Cristal — Celebrate your Turkey

2013 Louis Roederer Cristal

As your Thanksgiving menu comes together, you may want to consider making room for something special. The Champagne House of Louis Roederer has been making champagne since 1833 and his Cuvées have been sought after ever since.

Entrepreneur Louis Roederer took a visionary approach to his champagnes, forging the wine's unique style and character. After acquiring some grand cru vineyards in the mid-nineteenth century, Louis Roederer set out to make his mark in contrast to contemporary practices. While other Champagne houses purchased their grapes, Louis Roederer nurtured his own vines and familiarized himself with each parcel of his land. Louis Roederer's guiding principle was that all great wines depend on the quality of soil, and thus his mark was made.

All this leads us to our featured wine, the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99) which 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; thus 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. Starting with the previous vintage, the Louis Roederer Cristal is now produced from 100% organically farmed fruit marking a new chapter for Louis Roederer. This vintage has a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and winemaker Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon has once again outdone himself with the 2013 vintage. The broad, textural and muscular style of this champagne is ready to stand up to any celebration from Thanksgiving through the holiday season.

You can find the 2013 Louis Roederer Cristal ($249.99) on the New Arrivals link on our Home Page.

Francos Wine Minute: Still mulling over wines to serve for Thanksgiving? Be sure to check out this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute on our Home Page for our top choices for your Thanksgiving menu.

Holiday Hours for Thanksgiving — Francos will be open the following hours from now through Thanksgiving week:

Thursday November 18th through Saturday November 20th 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sunday November 21st 12:00PM-4:00PM
Monday November 22nd 10:00AM-6:00PM
Tuesday November 23rd 9:00AM-6:00PM
Wednesday November 24th 9:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday (Thanksgiving) - CLOSED
Friday November 26th 10:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday November 27th 10:00AM-6:00PM

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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Flowers Winery for Thanksgiving — The Perfect Bouquet

2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Thanksgiving is a mere two weeks away and time to start thinking about the wine you will want to serve. Last week we presented to you a wine from Bordeaux and this week we come back to America and have a delicious offering from California's Sonoma Coast and Flowers Vineyard & Winery.

For those of you unfamiliar with Flowers Vineyard & Winery, you have to travel back to 1989 when Walt and Joan Flowers purchased 321 acres on California's Sonoma Coast. Up until then they had been nursery owners in Bucks County Pennsylvania, but decided to put their success in the nursery trade and their knowledge of plants and growing climates to work in the wine industry by founding Flowers Vineyard & Winery.

Starting off, we first have the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99). Joan and Walt Flowers 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. Using only organic and sustainable farming practices, the wine itself shows off a light straw hue along with expressive aromas of citrus zest and honeysuckle. On the palate the aromas are heightened by well-balanced minerality and textural salinity very much influenced by the Pacific ocean. While the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99) is a year round favorite to pair with many meals, it takes stage front and center when it comes to people looking for the perfect Chardonnay to pair with their Thanksgiving turkey.

2018 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

For those of you who prefer a red wine with your Thanksgiving meal, many turn to Pinot Noir and there are few better choices than the 2018 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($44.99). Also benefiting from the same cool breezes and climate being on the coast of the Pacific, and from organic and sustainable farming, the Flowers Pinot Noir boasts a deep garnet color and aromas of cherry, spice and a pronounced flavor of red currants and cranberries all representing the best of what the vineyards of Sonoma Coast have to offer. Flowers Pinot Noir greets you with bright flavors of crushed fruit along with a gentle earthiness that carries through the core of this wine. Extending into a lengthy finish, you can easily visualize this Pinot Noir pairing not only with your holiday turkey, but with many of the other flavors from vegetables and side dishes that are on the Thanksgiving table.

You can find both of these wines by visiting our Home Page where you can also listen to this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute where we also talk about both the 2019 Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($41.99) and the 2018 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($44.99).


Store Hours for Autumn: : As we head into the Fall season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sundays 12:00PM-4:00PM (No Deliveries)
Francos will be Closed Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local DeliveryCurbside Service and FedEx Services.

There will be no Local Delivery on Sunday or Monday.  Local Delivery orders placed after the Saturday cutoff can be picked up on Sunday during business hours; otherwise they will be delivered on Tuesday.

For more details on these services please click thru to our Home Page.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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2018 Chateau La Vieille Cure — Holidays on the Horizon

2018 Chateau La Vielle Cure

November has arrived and time to start thinking about wine for the holidays. Over the next few weeks we will have many suggestions, but today let's start in France.

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 and the home of our featured wine, the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99).

The 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99) is one of the benchmark producers on the right bank. Here the vines are an average of 40+ years old and thrive in the heavy limestone soil. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and a stronghold in the northern part of Bordeaux. Practicing sustainable farming methods and hand-harvesting as well as the use of indigenous yeast all factor into this wine. 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 plumbs and cherry compote are enhanced by herbal notes of Sichuan pepper and star anise. The full-bodies palate is cloaked in oak with loads of exotic spice all supported by grainy tannins. Our recommendation is to stop in aand try a bottle today and we think you will agree that the 2018 Château La Vielle Cure ($34.99) is definitely a contender for your Thanksgiving table and you will see why Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave this wine a solid 92+ rating.

You can find this wine as one of our Cellar Specials for November as well as hear about it in this week's installment of Francos Wine Minute, both of which can be found on our Home Page.


Store Hours for Autumn: : As we head into the Fall season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Sundays 12:00PM-4:00PM (No Deliveries)
Francos will be Closed Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local DeliveryCurbside Service and FedEx Services.

There will be no Local Delivery on Sunday or Monday.  Local Delivery orders placed after the Saturday cutoff can be picked up on Sunday during business hours; otherwise they will be delivered on Tuesday.

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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. The wines here are required to contain at least 90% Nebbiolo grape.

Our Gattinara travels today bring us the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99). Founded in 1908, Catina Sociale de Gattinara is a group of independent wine growers from several vineyards such as Borella, Castelle, Lurga and Osso. This group of families have a total of about 15 hectares of vines rooted in the zone's pure volcanic soil. Producing over 2000 cases of wine annually, they display the simple elegance and purity of Gattinara.

The 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99) is 100% Nebbiolo grape and is hand harvested and destemmed prior to pressing. Native fermentation takes place in large Slavonian casks for at least two years and then an additional year in cement tanks before being bottled. The result is a red wine that 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.

You can find the 2019 Cantina Sociale de Gattinara Vino Rosso ($19.99) on the New Arrivals link on our Home Page.

Also, if you missed out on reading about the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge ($31.99) in last week's email you can hear about it in this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute, also on our Home Page.


October Hours: As we head into the autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local Delivery, Curbside Service and FedEx Services. For details on these services please click thru to our Home Page.

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Burgundy for Fall from Fontaine-Gagnard

2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Rouge

Autumn and Burgundy seem to go hand in hand as fall is the time that wines are released from this historic French region. While the family history of working the vineyards of Burgundy goes back several centuries, Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard was founded in 1985 by the marriage of Richard Fontaine to the oldest daughter of the Gagnard family, Laurence.

Jumping to present day, the domaine is now managed under the watchful eye of Céline Fontaine. The heart and soul of the domain are their Chassagne Montrachets of which they own a fine clutch of premier cru vines. The style of their wines tend to run deep and intense with ample complexity and always with fine expressions of terroir.

Today we highlight four of their wines, starting off with the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Bourgogne Rouge ($31.99). Greeting you with a dash of spice on the nose, simple Bourgogne travels far above its modest name. Racy and intense, this red wine enjoys a classic Burgundian style and is a perfect pairing for any Beef Bourgogne recipe.

Going up a tier, we have the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Rouge ($59.99). This wine offers up a round and velvety texture along with impressive structure and medium weight. Aromas of plum, earth and pepper nuance greet the nose as the subtle but perceptible wood lingers in the background. If you are looking for a Burgundy with a youthful and austere finish with a touch of rusticity, look no further.

2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Blanc 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers 1er

Moving on to their white wines, we have the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Blanc ($73.99). A ripe nose with fresh aromas of herb and citrus is your first introduction to this white Burgundy. The fine richness is succulent and seductive and the medium weight is not only satisfying but beckons to be played off the fat of a roast chicken or duck breast.

For those of you who prefer Premier Cru, we have a very limited amount of the 2019 Domaine Fontaine Gagnard Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers 1er ($97.99). This white Burgundy is one of the stars of the Fontaine-Gagnard portfolio. Cool hints of citrus greet you in the glass and lead you into rich, delicious and vibrant fruit flavors. Tightly wound at the start, this wine opens up beautifully and carries you into a youthful, austere finish. From the first sip one can tell that the Vergers Vineyards is the beneficiary of the air currents flowing across the valley.

You can find all the wines from Domaine Fontaine Gagnard on the New Arrivals link on our Home Page.


October Hours: As we head into the autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Vietti Winery — Next Stop Italy

2019 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne

What better way to warm up an October evening then to pull the cork on some terrific Italian wines. Italy brings to us some of the most food-friendly wines of Europe and today our travels take us to Northern Italy.

The history of Vietti Winery traces back to the 19th Century, but it was not until the 20th century that Patriarch Mario Vietti slowly transformed the family farm into a grape-growing and wine production business which is now one of the top producers in Piemonte.

Starting off, we have the 2019 Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne ($16.99). This vibrant and youthful red wine displays pretty notes of ripe red cherry, as well as subtle mineral qualities. Medium-bodied and well rounded, it culminates in a long, easy finish. Barbera is an especially food-friendly wine that brilliantly complements a variety of recipes.

2018 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo 2017 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Next we move to the 2018 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo ($27.99). Made from 100% Nebbiolo grape, this wine comes from different vineyards from the Langhe/Barolo area. For all intents and purposes the Vietti Perbacco is a declassified Barolo. Aged approximately 2 years in oak and blended in steel tanks prior to bottling, this wine offers up a mid-weight style with generous fruit and spices. A perfect choice for hearty stews, roasted red meats and aged cheeses.

Last but most assuredly not least, we present the 2017 Vietti Barolo Castiglione ($55.99). Barolo is the crown jewel of Piedmont, and the Vietti Castiglione demonstrates why this is the case. In the glass it is a beautiful pale ruby color, complemented by rising aromas of rich cherry and soft hints of floral spice. The palate is rich and masculine, with full flavors balancing the supremely elegant structure. This is a food-lover's wine that greatly complements a wine-lover's meal.

2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Just search "Vietti" on our Home Page and you will find these fabulous wines. If you'd like to hear about another terrific Italian wine, be sure to tune into this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute also located on our Home Page to hear about the 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99) from Sicily.


October Hours: As we head into the autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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2019 Caymus Cabernet — Warm up your October

2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

As the coolness of October settles in we look towards wines to warm up our evenings. As we man the grill in a light jacket or sweater there is even a better reward waiting for you in the wine rack, the 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99).

The Wagner family needs no introduction; their long, rich history of grape growing and winemaking precedes them. For 47 years the Wagner Family has been producing astounding wine from this estate and they honor their craft with every vintage. The 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) boasts a traditional elegance unique even among Napa Cabernets. Filled with layers of lush, rich, dark fruit, these flavors frame a full-bodied core that is classic Napa. The Wagner family practices a technique called "hang time" where they let the fruit "hang" on the vine unusually long to develop the suppleness and mature tannins for which Caymus is known. The 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) is the wine you want for the casual get-togethers you will be enjoying this fall as you gather with friends and family. This classic California Cabernet is the perfect wine to pair with the NY Strips, Tomahawk or Ribeye steaks that beckon you from the butcher case at the market.

You can find the 2019 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.99) as one of our October Cellar Specials on our Home Page.


October Hours: As we head into the autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Our Fabulous Fall Collection of Bordeaux under $20

Now that Fall is here accompanied by the cooler nights, we can once again start to turn to wines a little more full in flavor. While this leaves many options open, today we are going to turn our eyes towards France, specifically Bordeaux.

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.

2016 Chateau Mayne Vieil 2018 Château Fongaban

Our journey takes us to the region of Saint-Emilion on the right bank of the Gironde river. Here we find the appellation of Fronsac right at the estuary of this famous river which is the home of the 2016 Château Mayne Vieil ($15.99). This merlot-based wine has minimal barrel again which allows it to show off flavors of raspberry and black currant that are fresh and plush.

Travelling due west of Fronsac, we come to Puisseguin Saint-Emilion in the northern part of the region which is home to the 2018 Château Fongaban ($17.99). This biodynamic wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc which shows off brooding dark fruit flavors as well as depth and complexity.

2016 Chateau Haut Plaisance 2018 Chateau de Parenchere

Traveling to Montagne Saint-Emilion we are greeted by 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.

From the eastern end of this region near Perigord comes the 2018 Château de Parenchère ($16.99). This full-flavored Merlot based wine has lively fruit notes along with classic earthy nuances displaying intense red fruit aromas of cassis and black cherry. There is a notable balance between the ripe fruit expression and the elegant soft tannins.

You can find all these wines on the New Arrivals link as well as hear about them in this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute, both found on our Home Page.


October Hours: As we head into the autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local Delivery, Curbside Service and FedEx Services. For details on these services please click thru to our Home Page.

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2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria — Direct from Sicily

2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Summer is officially over and it's time to set our eyes on fall. This means to start slowly shifting the meats we select, the sauces we create and the herb combinations we use. This also means a shift in the wines we use as pairings for these meals, and this week our choice brings us to Southern Italy.

For five centuries and seventeen generations the Planeta family has been part of Sicilian agriculture. Their work on this island off the tip of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea has contributed to the revitalization of Sicilian winemaking. Planeta Winery began on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Fast forward to mid-1980s and Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta under the guidance of Diego Planeta brought this family estate into the 20th century without losing its old-world winemaking traditions.

Today we are going to focus on their 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99). Vittoria is 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. The vines thrive in the warm summer temperatures of this region where the soil is mostly comprised of red sand. 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.

You can find the 2019 Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria ($19.99) on the New Arrivals link on our Home Page.


September Hours: As we head into the autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local Delivery, Curbside Service and FedEx Services. For details on these services please click thru to our Home Page.

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2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay — Welcome September

2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay

While Meteorological Summer has ended and Astronomical Summer is closing in, Francos Wine Merchants has options to stave off the inevitable, and one such way is with the 2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($38.99).

First, let's reacquaint ourselves with the background of this famous Napa Valley Estate. Miljenjo "Mike" Grgich founded his namesake winery in 1977 after winning the 1976 Paris Tasting when he was winemaker for Chateau Montelena. Jumping to the present day, Mike, along with his daughter Violet and his nephew Ivo Jeramaz, is committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability. He farms his estate vineyards without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, and relies on wild yeast fermentation to handcraft food-friendly wines that are balanced and elegant. All his wines are 100% Certified Organic and 100% Estate grown.

Bringing the focus back to their 2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($38.99), we need to travel to the southern tip of Napa Valley. Their Chardonnay vines grow in their 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 2018 Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay ($38.99) on hand for those mid-September evenings on the patio.

You can find this wine on our Home Page as one of our Cellar Specials for September.

2016 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Also, for those of you who enjoy a full-bodied, firm Cabernet, look no further than the 2016 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($64.99).


September Hours: As we head into the Autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

We offer the delivery options of Local Delivery, Curbside Service and FedEx Services. For details on these services please click thru to our Home Page.

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Garofoli Farino Rosso Piceno — A September Trip to Italy

September is upon us and the change of season is in the air. While there are still warm days ahead, the evenings are cooling off signaling us to change our wine. While it is a bit early to dive into the full-bodies and hearty reds, there are plenty of wines that will help us slowly transition to the Fall season.

2020 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno

So today let's travel to the Marche in eastern Italy, located between the Apenne Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Here in the southern-most part we find the Garofoli Family who toil away in this picturesque part of Italy. Garofoli is run by the fourth and fifth generations — brothers Carlo and Gianfranco Garofoli and their three children Gianluca, Caterina, and Beatrice. Carlo Garofoli, as head winemaker, carefully crafts the wines of their four vineyard sites and one of these wines is the 2020 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno ($11.99).

This wine is a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese with an emphasis on Montepulciano. Gianfranco & Carlo Garofoli named this wine after a beautiful mountain pass in Monti Sibillini National Park. This blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese is aged in stainless steel tanks producing a bright, lively wine meant to be consumed in its youth. This wine shows a poignant fruit bouquet of good intensity. Notes of ripe plum along with delicate tannins produce a gentle structure in this wine that is remarkably easy to drink. This wine is a perfect pairing for Spaghetti coi Moscioli, a traditional dish from the region, or can also be enjoyed with any red pasta sauce made with fresh, seasonal tomatoes and herbs. But if a simple Pizza Margarita is on the menu, this wine will do just fine to pair.

You can find the 2020 Garofoli Farnio Rosso Piceno ($11.99) on the New Arrivals link located on our Home Page.


September Hours: As we head into the Autumn season Francos Wine Merchants will be open the following hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos will be Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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Wines for your Labor Day Weekend

2020 Domaines Ott Chateau de Selle Cotes de Provence 2020 Aix Rose

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.

If you are going to bid adieu to summer with lobster then you need to turn to rosé. You can do so with a bang by serving the classic 2020 Domaines Ott Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($49.99). If you need to come down to earth a bit, then may we suggest the always crisp and refreshing 2020 Aix Rosé ($19.99) or the 2020 Minuty Cotes de Provence Rosé ($19.99). But if you are having a crowd and you need to appease the masses, the 2020 Terres de Saint Louis Rosé ($12.99) never disappoints. You can find all these wines on our Refreshing Summer Rosé link.

2020 Granbazan Albarino  Broadbent Vinho Verde

If seafood or clambake is more your style, you have a couple of options from which to choose. Heading over to northwest Spain you will find the home of the Albariño grape. This classic white wine from Spain's Rias Baixas enjoys a nuance of fresh citrus and orchard fruits accent the bright and mineral-accented nose and palate, making this wine a great pairing with most any seafood. We have two fantastic Albariños you can select, the 2020 Granbazan Albariño ($19.99) or the 2020 La Val Albariño ($14.99). You can also travel over to Portugal where you will find the white wine for which this region is known, the Vinho Verde. The Broadbent Vinho Verde ($9.99), like most, is non-vintage as they are meant to be consumed while young. This wine is a blend of 50% Loureiro, 40% Trajadura, & 10% Pedernã. Clean and balanced with a lively citrus flavor, it is a modest 9% in alcohol which makes it perfect for the warmer weather.

2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais 2018 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Keeping Labor Day simple with burgers or steak on the grill? Then you have a couple of choices here, one being the Gamay grape. The 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99) is made from 100% Gamay grape from vines with an average age of 40+ years, and enjoys flavors of fresh, ripe berry and a touch of acidity. You can also step things up a notch and graduate to the 2018 Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($44.99). Boasting a deep garnet color and floral aromas of cherry and spice it carries a heady presence to the table. Bright flavors of crushed fruit mingle with a gentle earthiness, extending into a lengthy finish.


Labor Day Hours - Our hours for the Labor Day weekend are as follows:

Friday September 3rd - 10:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday September 4th - 10:00AM-6:00PM
Francos Wine Merchants WILL BE CLOSED Sunday September 5th and Monday September 6th for the Labor Day Holiday.
There will be No Curbside Pickup and No Local Delivery on these days.

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2019 Domaine Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or — Welcome Burgundy

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.

2019 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes"

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).

Rémi Jobard is the son of Charles Jobard and nephew to Francois Jobard and he grew up learning from these legendary brothers. Eventually, Rémi took control of the vineyard in 1996 and found himself presiding over their property in both Meursault and Puligny. Since 1994 the domaine has not used any herbicides or pesticides and when Rémi took over he rose to the next level converting to organics and eventually getting certification in 2011. All of their wines showcase breathtaking clarity of terroir which is a direct result of their natural and sustainable farming methods.

While they have several vineyard sites, today we are going to focus on the 2019 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($39.99). Farmed from 6 parcels within Meursault, this white wine is a Vieilles Vignes and is crafted from 40 year old Chardonnay vines. The use of only indigenous yeast and their impeccable and meticulous farming techniques combined with a simple "hands-off" approach in the cellar make this a superb bottle of wine. Upon opening, you are greeted with a fruity and floral aroma. In the mouth the firm texture offers a bright palate of citrus and peach leading you directly into a silky and lengthy finish. The 2019 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($39.99) will be the perfect accompaniment to any of your seafood menus and the perfect wine for those of you who are taking a late season trip to the shore.

You can find the 2019 Remi Jobard Bourgogne Cote d'Or "Vieilles Vignes" ($39.99) on our New Arrivals link as well as hear about in in this week's installment of the Francos Wine Minute, both located on our Home Page.


Summer Hours
Our hours of operation for Summer 2021 are:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays and Mondays but will be offering Delivery on Monday for New Canaan customers only. All orders for Monday delivery must be placed online by midnight Sunday. Orders received after midnight on Sunday as well as orders outside New Canaan will not be delivered until Tuesday.

For our other operation details, please click through to our Home Page to view the details on our Local Delivery, Curbside and FedEx Services.

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

August is here, the heat is on, as is the search for wines for the hot weather. While there are plenty of choices for you white wine drinkers, it can be a bit more of a challenge for you red wine drinkers. That being said, while it's a challenge, it's not impossible.

2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais

Jean-Paul Brun is a French winemaker who has earned his notoriety from his ardent use of natural and sustainable farming methods. Starting with just four hectares of vines, Jean Paul Brun has truly created a self-made empire. All told, he now produces well over 20 different wines from over 60 hectares and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

Today we are going to examine his 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99). Made from 100% Gamay grape, this wine is a "Vielles Vignes" which translates as "old vines" as these vines range from 40 to 60 years old and produce flavors that are unique to vines of this age. These factors combined with the soil makeup of clay, limestone and granite and you have a wine that shows off aroma of black cherry that is incredibly enticing. The modest 13% alcohol content helps elevate the flavors of red fruit and hints of earth, exotic spice and sexy overtones. But one of the best features of the Gamay grape is that on a hot, summer day you can put a slight chill on this wine (about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator) without muting the true flavor of this grape. The 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99) is also very versatile, so regardless of whether it's some herb marinated chicken, a simple burger on the grill, or a well-marbled steak from the butcher, this fantastic effort from Jean-Paul Brun will not disappoint.

If you missed it, you can hear about the 2020 Jean Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais ($16.99) on our recent Francos Wine Minute or you can find this wine as one of our Cellar Specials on our Home Page.


Summer Hours
Our hours of operation for Summer 2021 are:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays and Mondays but will be offering Delivery on Monday for New Canaan customers only. All orders for Monday delivery must be placed online by midnight Sunday. Orders received after midnight on Sunday as well as orders outside New Canaan will not be delivered until Tuesday.

For our other operation details, please click through to our Home Page to view the details on our Local Delivery, Curbside and FedEx Services.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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2019 Bodegas Naia Verdejo — Your Spain Escape

August is here and whether you head to the beach, the mountains or the backyard, you want a relaxed wine to accompany you. We here at Francos Wine Merchants do our best to provide you with interesting summer choices and today's choice brings us to Spain.

2019 Bodegas Naia Verdejo

Traveling thru northwest Spain you will happen upon Rueda in the province of Valladolid which is home to the small village of La Seca as well as Bodegas Naia. The soil of this area is composed of calcareous clay upon layers of sandy-clay mixed with cobbles. It is here where we find the 2019 Bodegas Naia Verdejo ($15.99). Among these vineyards where the average age of the vines are 30-40 years old, Bodegas Naia has perfected their commitment to the Verdejo grape. The Mediterranean continental climate with its dry, cold winters and hot summers enjoys a contrast of temperatures between day and night during the growing season. All these factors produce a wine with a stunning straw-yellow color enhanced by bright, enticing nose. The aroma of stone fruit such as peach and apricot is highlighted by a citrus nuance. The round, inviting flavor offers up Meyer lemon, grapefruit and orange blossom. Our recommendation is to find your favorite Lime Chicken recipe or Herbed-Rubbed Pork Loin for the grill and pair it up with this wine. But if it's a laid back evening and you simply want to pair it up with fish or meat tacos from your favorite take-out restaurant, it makes for a nice alternative to margaritas.

You can find the 2019 Bodegas Naia Verdejo ($15.99) on the New Arrivals link on our Home Page.


Summer Hours
Our hours of operation for Summer 2021 are:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays and Mondays but will be offering Delivery on Monday for New Canaan customers only. All orders for Monday delivery must be placed online by midnight Sunday. Orders received after midnight on Sunday as well as orders outside New Canaan will not be delivered until Tuesday.

For our other operation details, please click through to our Home Page to view the details on our Local Delivery, Curbside and FedEx Services.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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2019 William Fevre Chablis — Calm the Clam Calamity

2019 William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux

Nothing is better than Summer at the shore, so if your spending some time there, you definitely want to pack up some wines perfect for seafood to tote along. While there are many regions to consider, today we are going to visit Burgundy to see what we can find.

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 where the fabulous wines of William Fevre all start. This entry level Chablis from William Fevre is classically styled, delivering a fresh and supple nose with notes of mineral and green apple. The 2019 growing season was graced by beautiful weather, especially at harvest. This allowed the crop of the 2019 season to reach optimum maturity along with achieving perfect balance, great freshness and magnificent purity. So 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. The elegant bouquet and flinty flavors of this wine offers up nuances of wet stone along with a beautifully clean finish will pair well with any shellfish — especially one with a briny quality. The clean and crisp finish of this wine is just what you will be looking for as we finish up July and head into August.

Francos Wine Minute — If you missed our email about the Broadbent Vinho Verde ($9.99) last week, you can hear about it on this week's Francos Wine Minute located on our Home Page.


Summer Hours
Our hours of operation for Summer 2021 are:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays and Mondays but will be offering Delivery on Monday for New Canaan customers only. All orders for Monday delivery must be placed online by midnight Sunday. Orders received after midnight on Sunday as well as orders outside New Canaan will not be delivered until Tuesday.

For our other operation details, please click through to our Home Page to view the details on our Local Delivery, Curbside and FedEx Services.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


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Broadbent Vinho Verde — The Summer Wine of Portugal

 Broadbent Vinho Verde

The Summer is moving along and as our casual get-togethers seem to happen more and more, you need a wine that's perfect for both the weather and your menu. One of our favorite wines for the season is Vinho Verde — the delicious white wine from Portugal tailor-made for summer weather.

The most important thing to know is that Vinho Verde is not a grape, but a region in northern Portugal. While there are several origin stories behind its name, the most common is that Vinho Verde translates as "Green Wine" as it is harvested early and meant to be drunk young. As a matter of fact, it can be so young that it is not unusual for many Vinho Verde to not have a vintage to them.

All this brings us to our wine of the week, the Broadbent Vinho Verde ($9.99). Winemaker Bartholomew Broadbent has created a blend of indigenous grapes — Loureiro, Trajadura, & Pedernã — to make this fabulous wine. The soils of this region are acid-rich and granite-based with areas of slate and clay. This, combined with the gentle slopes of the region, produces a wine that is beautifully fresh with flavors of tart green apple, white peach, and melon. Deliciously crisp with a zesty finish, this wine enjoys a slight effervescence (also a common characteristic of this wine) which makes it very enjoyable on a summer afternoon. This wine also boasts a modest 9% alcohol content which makes it all the more perfect for backyard enjoyment. As for food pairings, all over Portugal, seafood is the dominant cuisine, particularly meaty white fish. So if you visit the fish market and see monkfish, sea bass or even some fresh cod, don't pass up the chance to pair it with this wine. Even many basic shrimp salad recipes will be a perfect pairing for this every-day wine of Portugal.

You can find this wine right on our Home Page as it is one of our Cellar Special for July.


Summer Hours
Our hours of operation for Summer 2021 are:
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Francos will be closed on Sundays and Mondays but will be offering Delivery on Monday for New Canaan customers only. All orders for Monday delivery must be placed online by midnight Sunday. Orders received after midnight on Sunday as well as orders outside New Canaan will not be delivered until Tuesday.

For our other operation details, please click through to our Home Page to view the details on our Local Delivery, Curbside and FedEx Services.

We hope to see you online or in our store soon.


The Franco Family
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130 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT | 203.966.9571

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