This Memorial Day, Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon honors World War II Veteran, Hy Frank

New release from Frank Family Vineyards comes from hillside vineyards in Rutherford

May 19, 2015, 08:00 ET from Frank Family Vineyards

CALISTOGA, Calif., May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With Memorial Day quickly approaching, Frank Family Vineyards is excited to announce the release of the first vintage of a new wine, Patriarch. This outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon was made in honor of winery owner Rich Frank's 98-year-old father and World War II veteran, Hy Frank. Frank Family Vineyards is proud to honor Hy and all American veterans who have given their lives to defend our rights and freedoms.

Born to immigrant parents from Lithuania, Hy enlisted in the United States Army at the height of World War II, leaving behind his wife and 10-month-old son. Hy was deployed to Normandy and landed on Omaha Beach four days after D-Day. He drove support vehicles for the First Army and General George S. Patton's Third Army as the troops moved from town to town liberating the French. At the end of the war, Hy returned to his family in Brooklyn, New York and founded Heide Meat Company, which he operated successfully for 30 years, providing the means to send his first son, Rich Frank, to university. Rich later developed an incredibly successful career in entertainment, thanks in great part to his father's dedication, values and hard work. Rich Frank presented the first release of Patriarch to his father on his 98th birthday.

Produced in very limited quantities, the 2012 Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $225) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the best rows of vines on Rich Frank's personal hillside estate vineyard in Rutherford. Patriarch will be available for purchase today via Frank Family Vineyards' tasting room and website:

"My father has lived his life expecting no more than what his own efforts brought. His ethics, hard work and discipline exemplify the very nature of a man who weaves the strong fabric of family, community and country. On this Memorial Day, we raise a glass to my father, a true American patriot and our patriarch, and all the men and women who have fought to make our country great," says owner Rich Frank.

About Frank Family Vineyards:

Frank Family Vineyards was founded in 1992 by former Disney Studios president, Rich Frank. First constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the historic stone building on property is the third oldest in Napa. Today, Frank Family owns over 380 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley, and produces a limited number of reserve wines and sparkling wines which are only available at the winery and on select restaurant wine lists. Frank Family's Napa Valley Chardonnay($35), Pinot Noir($35), Zinfandel($37) and Cabernet Sauvignon($50) are distributed nationally. Frank Family's reputation for having the friendliest hospitality in Napa Valley has made it one of the most popular tasting rooms in wine country. In 2015, Frank Family received Napa Green certifications for both land and winery.

For more information about Frank Family Vineyards, visit or contact Jarvis Communications, 310-313-6374. 


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