I visited the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia on the weekend to wine-taste and snap a few photographs of the vineyards. Typical of my inopportune timing, I went several weeks after the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival so wine inventory was spotty at a few places, but there was still much to taste and photograph. These ‘Cabernet Franc’ grapes were inside a giant plastic bin, recently harvested and soon-to-be processed.
In the late 1990s, it was determined by Dr. Carole Meredith of University of California, Davis, that ‘Cabernet Franc’ was one of the parents of ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ (the other was ‘Sauvignon Blanc’) (see: DNA Fingerprinting Reveals Parentage of Classic Wine Grape“. You can also read more of the history and qualities of ‘Cabernet Franc’ via Wikipedia.
If you have questions or would like to read some discussions about grapes, check out our Grapes and Grape Vines discussion forum.
Botany / image resource link: The Australian Native Plants photo gallery from the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) contains hundreds of Australian plant photographs (though a bit on the small side). One of my favourites is the photograph of the growth habit of Eucalyptus camaldulensis at Greenough, Western Australia on this page.