"Agostini never slows down. Whether he's opening and pouring wine or just talking about it, he is a human whirlwind who seems to have triple-strength espresso coursing through his veins. He swirls wines in his glass as though the fate of the world depends on it."
Dave MCINTYRE - The Washington Post (excerpt from Oct 17, 2015 article)
“Franck’s blending and sourcing skills are first class, and he has the uncanny ability to direct winery suppliers in the elevage and bottling of wines that are both classically French but also primed for American consumers "in the know.”
John DAWSON - The Sonoma Wine Journal.
"Franck is a human hummingbird with the energy and focus of multiple people. He finds his producers with an incredible palate sharpened by a childhood working in his parents' perfume shops on Ile de Re and Cognac. These estates he has selected are the truest example of those words that are often overused and usually thrown around too casually these days: typicity, artisan, and authentic. He selects wines that evoke France and are not catered to the international trends. They are unmistakably, unapologetically French, and we are thankful that he is fighting for them to remain this way. To his growers, he becomes their best friend and ally -- bluntly and honestly telling them when they have failed with a wine, or giving them hugs and praise when their wines speak of their origin and soil with balance and grace. Watching him and tasting his wines at this time, I can imagine Kermit Lynch in the late seventies, or Joe Dressner a decade ago developing what will be a legendary portfolio."
Craig HEFFLEY - Wine Authorities, Durham, NC
“I have been sampling the wines from Franck for several years now. He has both a great palette and an solid understanding of value – his selections always deliver high quality at a price point I can not only live with, but enjoy!”
Hugh SISSON - Cellar Notes on WYPR