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Tasty Côte-Rôtie Red Wine Pairing for BBQ Season

By David Scott Allen for Provence WineZine

Côte-Rôtie Red Wine

It’s grilling season. And I have to say that Rhône Valley wines are pretty perfect for pairing with grilled meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and fruits. Why is that, I wonder?

I don’t want to get into the science side of things. For one, I am not really qualified. Really, this is about Provence in the summer. The ease, romance, beauty, and flavour. Summer food with summer wines. Sigh.

To celebrate the ease of entertaining in the summer season, I made grilled steak sandwiches. Easy enough, watch for the recipe in the Perfectly Provence directory. Of course, we had to drink something with our meal. So why not a red wine from Domaine de Corps de Loup (Cuvée: Marions-Les!) from the Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhône Valley? We thoroughly enjoyed this well-balanced red blend (80% Syrah, 20% Viognier).

Wine growing in the Côte-Rôtie appellation has existed from Roman times. These robust sun-drenched wines are considered some of the best of the Côte du Rhône production.

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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 favourite Provençal village where we (readily) adopted that certain joie de vivre, established dear friendships, and, to this day, endeavour 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 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 Provence and the Southern Rhône Valley regions—with a special emphasis on Provence's world-renowned rosés—and the men and women who make them.

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