One taste of Thierry and Christine Boucard's Cuvée Alouettes ignites a craving in me for a juicy bistro burger finished with a shmear of spicy moutarde forte. Since it's similar in style and price to an easy-drinking Beaujolais Villages, you'll want to drink it chilled and, likely, in one sitting. Unlike with other quaffers, though, you can expect a little extra brawn and woodsy fruits like cassis and plum. It's pure, peppery, and perfect Cabernet Franc.
Cabernet Franc, a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Somm Secret—One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.