Vacqueyras Wine Pairing a Virtual Dinner with Friends
Le Clos de Caveau is one of the first wineries I visited after starting Provence WineZine. The story of this Vacqueyras vineyard — a stone’s throw from Gigondas — is best told over a glass of this excellent red blend of Grenache and Syrah called Fruit Sauvage. Henri Bungener, psychologist-turned-winemaker, told us the history of this property over a memorable lunch on the terrace overlooking the vines.
Vacqueyras and Dinner
While the last two years has made in-person dinners more challenging, we have been creative. In this case, each of us had a bottle of the Clos de Caveau Vacqueyras “Fruit Sauvage,” and we decided to create a meal around it and share the experience virtually. What a great way to start the New Year!
When considering a pairing for a wine that is 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, I know that I want food that has a bit of spice. It really accentuates the flavours in the wine. Coincidentally, I was working on rebooting a recipe I created back in the mid-90s: Cinnamon Chile Chocolate Pork. Both Susan and I thought it would make a great pairing with the Vacqueyras. Find out how the meal turned out.
Winery: Le Clos de Caveau
Cuvée: Fruit Sauvage
Appellation: Vacqueyras, Southern Rhône
Grape Varieties: Grenache 60%, Syrah 40%
Average Retail Price: U.S. $44
Southern Rhône Valley
As the river valley widens and the steep slopes give way to rolling hills, you have arrived in the Southern Rhône Valley. Encompassing vast geography, the Southern Rhône eclipses the north with 95% production. As a result, many more grape varietals are grown, although each AOC dictates the types and amounts permitted within the guidelines. Except for Châteauneuf-du-Pape, most of these appellations include rosé production.