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What Wine to Serve with Veal? Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Bien sûr! Well, it might not seem that obvious. When I was trying to think what I should make to pair with today’s wine – an un-oaked Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc from Château des Fines Roches – I looked at a list of suggested foods and nothing felt right. Pork. Chicken. Seafood. Blah.

When I think of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, I – like many people – think red wine. It was definitely my parents’ favorite wine, and they served it for all our holiday meals.

However, most people never try a white wine from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. That is unless they visit the annual Salon des Vins at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Like many French wines, Châteauneuf-du-Papes are blends of different types of grapes.  But unlike other wines, which might use two or three different grapes, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape a whopping total of 13 are allowed.  Some are well known, like Grenache and Syrah, while others are more obscure – Bourboulanc or Vaccarèse, anyone?

…Continue reading for the Provence WineZine the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc wine pairing with veal cordon bleu a perfect match of two French classics.

More reading: on the Wines of Provence Understanding the Colours and Terminology.

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Susan Newman Manfull

Susan Newman Manfull

It was love at first sight when my family and I arrived in the charming village of Lourmarin for a short vacation, nearly 20 years ago. We returned home to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the next thing I knew we were planning a much longer sojourn in that village and making arrangements to enroll our daughter in the local school there. That led to buying a maison de village— actually two, then a courtyard, a parking spot, and a bergerie— in our favorite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavor to blend in with the crowd at Café Gaby.

We no longer own property in Lourmarin, but we continue to hang our hats there frequently and gather fodder for our souls and for The Modern Trobaors and Provence WineZine. There is never a shortage.

The Modern Trobadors, conceived in 2008, is about all things Provence: its markets, hilltop villages, lavender, art, literature, culture, history, food, wine, and news. Provence WineZine, launched in August 2014, focuses on wines from the regions of Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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