March Wine Highlight: Cabernet Franc

Our double gold winning Cabernet Franc is bold and aromatic, bursting with strawberry, raspberry and ripe cherry flavors. A perfect dinner wine to serve with pork dishes, tuna, pastas and even sweet milk chocolate desserts.

Listen to the complete pairing notes for our Cabernet Franc:


For an elegant dinner party or romantic evening, we recommend pairing our Cabernet Franc with this delicious, moist duck breast.

Duck Breast with Wine and Cherry Reduction

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless duck breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup 2012 Laurel Gray Cabernet Franc or another dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup pitted frozen black cherries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Chop cherries and add sugar, allowing to set until sugar is dissolved.

Score the skin of the duck breast with a knife in 2 directions, crossing over each other (makes a crosshatch). Season both sides of each duck breast with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat, place the duck breasts skin side down. Sear the breasts until the skin is golden brown about 10 minutes, flip and sear the other side for just 3 minutes. Place the seared duck breasts in a baking dish skin side up, and put them in oven. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove the duck breasts from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour off most excess fat from skillet, and place it back on the stovetop over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until translucent. Pour in the wine and orange juice, and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the orange zest and chopped cherries and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes to reduce the mixture and thicken, mashing the cherries with the back of a wooden spoon to extract flavor as they cook

Slice the breasts into 1/4-inch slices on a diagonal. Pour the cherry port sauce over the top and enjoy!

Notes: I like to serve this dish with roasted asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes.


 

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