draft1-smallAs I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’m not doing a rosé report this year.  Instead, I’m going to try something a little different — create a standalone publication dedicated to cabernet franc. The 2017 East Coast Cabernet Franc Report will include not only tasting notes but vintage charts and information, as well as information about East Coast cabernet franc in general. For the purposes of most anything I do, “East Coast” just means anything not made on the West Coast. As always, I want to cover the regions that don’t already get coverage in every single magazine every single month.

I’m also excited to report that this will be published both as a PDF and in printed magazine format. Both will be available for purchase sometime this summer.

This is definitely something new for me, but I want to see how self-publishing a report like this works — both in terms of the logistics but also in reaching an extended audience — and the best way to do that is to publish one.

I probably don’t have to tell you why I’m choosing cabernet franc for this experiment. It’s a grape that makes great wine throughout North America. That it’s a personal favorite is just a bonus this time out.

Recognizing that this could get rather unwieldy, this report will be focused on wines that meet these criteria:

  • Only wines from 2014-2016 vintages will be included
  • Only wines varietally labeled as Cabernet Franc (or that could be, legally) will be included
  • Only wines made from fruit grown in the same state as the winery where it was made will be included

Any wines submitted will be tasted not only by me, but by a small group of wine professionals including sommeliers, winemakers and other members of the trade. All wines will also be considered for other writing projects on and off of this blog.

My goal is to begin tasting in May and wines have already arrived from across New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

If you’re a winery that would like your wine to be included or someone in the wine industry who would like to maybe be on one of my tasting panels, please email me.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.


  1. Hi Lenn,

    Please consider the Cabernet Franc from Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington, CT as well as the Cabernet Franc from Heron Hill Winery (Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc)! — New England Uncorked

  2. Dianne,

    Know the wines from Heron Hill well — but not as familiar with Jonathan Edwards. Thanks for the tip!

    If you ever find yourself down here on Long Island, let me know. Would be great to chat!

    • Lenn,
      This may be the wrong place to contact you – we do not have a Cabernet Franc – but since missed you at NYDrinksNY, wanted to make sure to extend an open invitation to western NY if and when it makes sense.

  3. I recommend Arrowhead Springs from the Niagara Escarpment NY. Also, there are some great ones from Ontario should you decide to expand the range.

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