Try Châteauneuf du Pape: Guide to Food Pairing
Try Châteauneuf du Pape: Guide to Food Pairing

Try Châteauneuf du Pape: Guide to Food Pairing

Learning about different varieties of wines and their food pairings is a love of mine. Looking at the regions gives a greater insight into the complexities of the wine and the environment that produces the flavours of the area.

Rhone France

Rhone France

Châteauneuf du Pape is widely recognized as the most influential appellation in Southern Rhone, France. It’s also the largest with over 80 growers and more than 3,000 hectares of vineyards. Châteauneuf du Pape is a delicious red which is a blending of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. These varieties give a complex tasting profile. With its famed reputation and limited supply, this wine may be more expensive than most, but’s it’s certainly worth it.

On tasting you can expect a rich and fruity aroma with flavors of raspberries, strawberries and black currents. There’s also subtle hints of Provencal herbs, tobacco and leather. It’s a delicious wine, perfect for the winter months . Naturally to gain the most from your Châteauneuf du Pape be sure to pair with the correct food. For the most enjoyable experience the wine pairs perfectly with your favourite winter comfort foods.

Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateauneuf du Pape

The best food pairings:

With its full bodied nature and high levels of tannin, Châteauneuf-du-Pape pairs well with many of the same foods as Bordeaux. This includes game dishes such as wild boar and most red meats, working well with beef and lamb. However, unlike Bordeaux it can pair with spicier meals due to its blend of Syrah. Rich, tomato based pastas can work great as well as hearty chili con carne and beef bourguignon.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

It can overpower many foods, so it’s important to choose dishes which have very intense and complex flavors. With its earthy aroma, this wine pairs beautifully with pungent cheeses such as Affifelice, Epoisse and Pont l’Eveque.

Red Wine with Cheese Platter

Red Wine with Cheese Platter

A rich and hearty winter casserole works well. For an authentic taste of Provence, follow a simple menu for cassoulet with duck confit. This French staple is a hearty dish of white beans, duck confit, garlic sausage and smoky streaked bacon. Be sure to slow cook for the best results. This warming meal washed down with a glass of Châteauneuf du Pape wine is a match made in heaven.

Many people can make the mistake of pairing this wine with lighter meals which lack complexity of flavor. Don’t make this same mistake. Any light meat dishes including chicken and turkey should be avoided. Shellfish and most white fish varieties will also become lost in the intense flavor of this wine. It’s always best to choose a very light and easy to drink red for these foods, such as Merlot. This is a versatile wine which is often more affordable than Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Be sure to choose a South African Merlot with plenty of great choices from Chile.

Rhone Vineyards

Rhone Vineyards

Pairing a good wine with food should always be fun. Follow this guide but always experiment for yourself, deciding which dishes work best. Once you’ve found that perfect combination with neither food not wine overpowering each other, you’ve got it right. Châteauneuf du Pape wine can be found at retailers like Tesco, so you can start indulging in this wonderful, and full tasting wine straight away.

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Comments

  1. One of my favourite French wines!

  2. I love my chateauneuf-du-pape with blue cheese 🙂

  3. I’ve not tasted this one, but it sounds divine! xx

  4. Hi Julie, I will have to try this one, sounds delicious!

  5. Beautiful post, Julie; I do love the look of the cheese platter and the beef dish looks great too. I do need to learn a lot more about French wines xx

  6. Wonderful post Julie. A gutsy meal always deserves a gutsy wine 😉

  7. We used to go to France so often as kids that it was natural as an adult that I would love the country.
    The first house I ever bought was a rundown farm house near Dijon….I didn’t even own a home in the UK, I was still renting. But I just fell in love with this beautiful house so I used the money I had saved for a deposit in the UK to buy a whole cottage and an acre of land in rural France…. Foolish some may say, but I loved my little holiday home.
    Now 15 years on and living on the other side of the world in WA I still wonder about the little house, I hope whoever lives there now loves it as much as I did, and remembers to duck when they climb the spiral staircase!!!
    This post has brought back so many beautiful memories. Thank you xx

    • Oh Claire that is such a gorgeous story!! I’m so jealous too, how absolutely wonderful to have had a house in Dijon, that would be a dream!! You have given me something to aspire to now.

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