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Elizabeth Sammuri, beverage director at Flagstaff House, said the grape is the parent to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere, all varietals used in Bordeaux blends. Sammuri spoke with savvy about how the vines withstand frigid winters, and how she might suggest to diners beguiled by grapes like Pinot Noir, or by Italian wines in general, that they give Cab Franc a shot.