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Washers to Wine

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  • Publish Date: Sep 9, 2009

What do Maytag washers and dryers, Maytag Blue cheese, and York Creek Vineyards all have in common? Answer: Fritz Maytag, the 2008 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, and the man best known for making “microbrewing” a household word, is also York Creek’s owner.

On Spring Mountain, which straddles Napa and Sonoma, York Creek Vineyards is a scenic 125-acre plot boasting 15 varietals of grapes and 24 natural types of trees.

Fritz prides himself on planting unique varietals and making memorable wines. One such wine is the York Creek Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is typically used to add aromatics in a Bordeaux blend. But York Creek makes an absolutely phenomenal, single-varietal Cab Franc, illustrating how In so doing, York Creek shows us how delicious it can be when given the spotlight. It's juicy, hearty, and jammy, without any of the overpowering vegetal or “green pepper” characteristics often associated with the varietal. Winemaker Maytag notes that Spring Mountain seems to be an ideal habitat for Cabernet Franc due to the perfectly even ripeness they are able to achieve. Find out for yourself by picking up a bottle.

If you’re feeling loyal, you might want to pair it with some Maytag Blue cheese and sip and nibble on both while doing some laundry.

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