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suggested we make a wine for the pope, and that’s how the whole idea started.” When Pope Francis was named the 266th pope in 2013, Trinitas Cellars had some cabernet franc in a barrel, which inspired them to create Cabernet Francis. “I fell in love with cabernet franc when I got into the business,” Busch says. “I found a vineyard I really wanted to work with in Knights Valley, just past Calistoga in Sonoma. It’s a hillside vineyard [with] about 700-800 feet [of ] elevation. It’s an incredible vineyard for growing grapes and makes an incredible cabernet franc.” “We make ours a little fuller bodied,” he says of their cabernet franc. “We make sure the fruit is nice and ripe, because cabernet franc typically is a little lighter, We barrel age it for almost two years in French oak. It’s one of our favorite wines.” Tim took a bottle of the first batch to Pope Francis in 2014. “Pope Francis really enjoys wine,” Busch says. “He was very excited to have a wine named after him.” Hours later, Tim received a call from the Vatican reporting that the pope had enjoyed the wine with lunch that very day and would like to know where to get more. “When he was here in the United Sta