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Lunch and Wine in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

One of the many things that drew us to buying a home in Sablet was its location in the Cotes-du-Rhone wine appellation and proximity to renowned villages such as Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. While we like all the wines from this region, some of our favourites are the wines produced in the AOP located around the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a small medieval village spread out on the hillside at the foot of ruins of an ancient chateau. From the chateau hill, you have an impressive view in all directions, mostly of vineyards and the Rhone River 1.9 miles to the east. However, it is best known for the wine produced from the vineyards near the village. Continue reading here for Michel’s photos of their recent visit to the Pope’s wine country. One of their favourite vineyards is Domaine de la Charbonnière, an organic vineyard run by the Maret family.

Domaine de la Charbonnière

Of the original Pope’s castle, not much is standing today. The combination of time, the ravages of the French Revolution and the German’s retreating blow at the end of WWII. However, what remains is a vibrant village that is the heart of this renowned wine Appellation d’origine Contrôlé (AOC). To receive the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC designation, the wines produced in the region must adhere to the rules. The grapes used in the wine blends must be from the 13 approved varietals.

Domaine de la Charbonnière
26 Route de Courthézon
84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chateauneuf du Pape

Eating in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

La Mere Germaine Restaurant
Michelin *
3 Rue Commandant Le Maître
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 22 78 34
Reservations required.
Tasting menus.
Open for dinner Wednesday – Saturday and for Sunday lunch.

Le Comptoir de la Mere Germaine
Place Jean Moulin
Telephone: +33 (0)4 28 69 00 60
Reservations recommended.
The more affordable sister restaurant of La Mere.
In warm weather, the terrace has excellent views.
Open daily for lunch and dinner on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley, live in wine country, in Windsor, California. They have a full family with two beautiful daughters and five amazing grandchildren. Michel's day job is as CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which provides housing and services to older adults.

Previously a co-owner of a popular French bistro called Bistro des Copains located in Western Sonoma County California. The Bistro was closed in early 2015, after nine years!

In 2008, after searching for years and visiting many houses they bought a 17th century stone village house in the medieval village of Sablet which is in the Vaucluse region of Provence France.

Please read about the Sablet House (available for rent) and follow their blog Our House in Provence.

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