I once had a foreign college student bring me back a bottle of wine from Paraguay. Let’s just say the Cabernet is not going to threaten wine off the shelves anywhere in Argentina or Chile.
So I was skeptical when Ashley at Cork & Cracker in Indianapolis wanted me to try a Cabernet Franc from Uruguay.
The wine grapes come from the Mohama Mountain, San Jose region. The wine is very soft and round in the mouth with a hint of tobacco and herbs. The balance is very nice and it still holds up to food. I opened the bottle last night and had a glass this evening with some chicken/marinara sauce pasta and it was refreshing.
You can generally find this wine any where from $9-$11.
You’ll also find Cabernet Sauvignon and the relatively obscure grape Tannat.
I guess the moral of this story is never be afraid to try familiar grapes even from new countries.
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