Laurie Jervis: Cabernet Franc — A Bordeaux ‘Queen’ and Yet, an Underdog Grape


Soleno sources the grapes for her cabernet franc from the small Amivida Vineyard in Santa Margarita, which she describes as close enough to the coast to have a marine influence.

“I like to make what I like to drink, and I love me a good cabernet franc,” she said.

Since Soleno only makes red wines and primarily works with Bordeaux varietals, she calls her use of cab franc “a natural choice.” The grape is one of her single-varietal bottlings, and she also utilizes it to add a feminine quality to her red blends.

Furthermore: “If cabernet sauvignon is known as the ‘king’ of grapes, then I would say cabernet franc is the ‘queen.’ The grape tends to have a beautifully soft mouth feel, not as gripping as that of cab sauv. It’s elegant, fruit driven and somewhat ethereal, carrying a beautiful gracefulness,” she said.

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From the winemaker - private tastings

Hello wine world,

Due to an increase in winery traffic and with harvest right around the corner, private tastings have been a little harder to manage when it comes to on-the-fly tasters.   Since I absolutely LOVE showing the wines but needed a better way to schedule these in-depth tastings, I have opted to work with an online reservation system to take appointments and decided to offer two types of wine tasting experiences, although I truly believe each and every time you visit me the tasting experience will be one-of-a-kind.

Here are the details for scheduling your private tasting

General Wine Tasting - $15

Each year I create a red wine blend, carefully selecting the grape varietals that will make up that years cuvee... Taste the individual grape varietals and the blends they create in this fun exploratory tasting.

Great for returning customers or people who want to explore Turiya Wines most current offerings. $15 tasting fee waived with wine purchase. This flight offers up a tasting of the three wines that make up an entire vintage!

Private tasting with the winemaker - $25

Enjoy a private barrel tasting (only your group) in the barrel room with me!  I take you on an wine evolution, explaining what processes were used to create the wines, and show you how wines taste throughout the aging process. You will experience three different barrel samples and two finished wines.

I am currently pouring the 2009 vintage which includes the 2009 Hither, Central Coast, a blend of Petit Verdot and Malbec, as well as the 2009 Petit Verdot, Solana Vineyard (Paso AVA), and the 2009 Malbec, Solana Vineyard.

Hope to see you soon!