Wherein we ask local wine notables to make our weeknight drinking decisions for us.

2011 Memaloose Estate 'Idiot's Grace Vineyard' Columbia Gorge Cabernet Franc

Poppy's  eloquent wine director Jason Erickson may pine for a chilled rosé on a hot summer eve, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a perfect pick for blustery fall nights. And for us, maybe it's the sweaters and scarves we're piling on these days, but even just reading about red wine makes us feel all cozy and warm.

So, what do you think Jason, what should I drink tonight? 

I am absolutely smitten with cabernet franc. The first time I tried it as a single varietal, I immediately developed a crush. Although, at this point, I'm fairly certain we're in a committed relationship. Cabernet franc vines adapt well and offer a great variety of flavor, texture, and style depending on where it's planted throughout Oregon and Washington. I find the certified organic 2011 Memaloose Estate Cabernet Franc from Idiot's Grace Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge a fresh and bright wine that exhibits a delicate floral nose, leading to tart cranberry, raspberry, and plum on the palate. It's a great alternative to pinot noir and pairs well with salmon, lighter meats, and late-summer vegetables, making it perfect for fall drinking.

The Price: $25.00

Find It:  Whole Foods SLU, QFC on Broadway

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