Over the years, I’ve written a lot about Cab Franc, the parent of Cabernet Sauvignon who is described by Ashlee McRae in Winetraveler as “the lighter, laid-back, hippie father of the yuppie Cabernet Sauvignon.” Because this Friday is Cab Franc Day, I thought I’d write some more about this wonderful grape. But I got sidetracked as I looked at the Days of The Year website. So, today we’re going to look at Cab Franc Day as well as other Days of the Year. I hope you enjoy it.
Why Are There So Many Days of the Year?
I’ve been wondering this for a long time. Raisin day? Ice cream day? Cab Franc Day? Pickle Day? Really? What is this all about? Well, I did quite a bit of reading on Days of The Year’s website and found out that this all started when the site’s founders, Jono and Sam Alderson, wanted to create a wall calendar of funny dates way back in 2009. They came upon so many “weird, wonderful and silly things going on” that it turned into a whole business of putting all the “weird, funny, wonderful, unknown and bizarre holidays under one roof…to create the ultimate guide to celebrating each and every day.”
How Is Days of The Year Doing Today?
Days of The Year now have a team of people who do the research and write the content for each special day. And their business is sustainable. I couldn’t figure out from their site where they get their revenue, because it sounds like applying for a new day has no cost. But perhaps that’s not true.
In their FAQ, they say that they don’t make up any of the days, That they “carefully research and list only those that are genuinely celebrated and talked about between communities of like-minded people around the world.”
Exploring the Cab Franc Day Page
This page goes into a lot of detail about the establishment of the Cab Franc grape in the Libournais region of southwest France sometime in the 17th century.
They then talk about the fact that Cabernet and Cabernet Franc were very similar, but that it wasn’t until 1997 that DNA research determined that Cab Franc (along with Sauvignon Blanc) was the parent of Cabernet. I had no idea that this finding was so recent. I learned something new from Days of The Week! (By the way, for grammar nuts like me, I’m capitalizing The in this company’s title, because that’s what they do.)
Next, the site talks about the fact that Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon and has a peppery perfume, with additional aromas of tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and violets.
Finally, the site highlights how to celebrate Cab Franc Day: with a glass of Cab Franc and a wonderful home-cooked meal. Given that I wrote an article on Cab Franc pairings, that little tidbit isn’t very exciting. But I’ll forgive them. They have a lot of days they need to research and write about.
Besides Cab Franc Day, What Else Is There to Celebrate on Dec. 4th?
- Bartender Appreciation Day
- Cookie Day
- International Cheetah Day
- Cab Franc Day
- Faux Fur Friday
- World Wildlife Conservation Day
- Dice Day
- Wear Brown Shoes Day
- A Blue Christmas
I hope you enjoyed learning about Days of The Week. If you have a favorite one, please share that with us now. Thanks.
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