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Cabernet Franc is a well-known grape that originated in France in the 17th century. The grape’s ability to adapt to various soil types allows it to be grown in many parts of the world.  


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Acres in Missouri:

3.7 acres

Flavors or tasting notes:

Cabernet Franc provides classic fruit notes of strawberry and black cherry in addition to hints of roasted pepper and tobacco.

Taste Profile:

The grape typically produces medium-body dry red wine with balanced acidity and firm tannins.

Ideal Serving Temperature:

Chilled to 65°F

Food pairings:

Lamb, duck, turkey, roasted pork, Feta, Brie, Boursin, red sauce with fresh herbs


Cabernet Franc


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Norton holds the honor of the official Missouri state grape as an American grape found in 1835 near Richmond, Virginia. Norton is also known as Cynthiana. As the premium red wine grape in Missouri, this varietal is known for its hardiness and disease resistance.



Acres in Missouri:

17.7% - 300.5 acres

Flavors or tasting notes:

Norton is a rich red wine that combines flavors of spice, vanilla, chocolate notes and layered with fruit flavors of berries, ripe cherries and currants.

Taste Profile:

Bold, full-bodied and complex dry red wine

Ideal Serving Temperature:

65°F to cellar temperature

Food pairings:

Cheddar, blue cheese, hazelnuts, smoked meats, lamb, venison, beef, blackened fish, garlic sauce, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, rosemary, caramelized onions, nutmeg, tomato, berries, dark chocolate, spice cake

Recipe ideas:

Wine Hummus

Holiday Sangria

Red Wine Burger

Chocolate Cheesecake



Tomato Soup


Sweetness Scale:
Sweetness Scale Varietals NortonNorton Infographic 2019


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