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Vinsobres Southern Rhône Wine and Spicy Lamb Shanks

By David Scott Allen

Once again, I think I was very lucky with this pairing. I was serving Persian-spiced Lamb Shanks to friends who drink only red wine. And only red wine from France. Picky, picky.

We had just returned from three glorious weeks in Sicily (stay tuned for a post about Sicilian rosé!), and the wine rack – at least the rack of quotidian wines – was pretty bare. But there was this bottle of Vinsobres sitting there.

…Continue reading here for details on this interesting, and perhaps daring, wine pairing with Vinsobres a red wine from the Rhône Valley. Persian spices as David confirms are complex with layers of sweet, sour, floral, and spicey. It’s not every wine that can stand the test, but this one did:

Wine Details:

Winery: Domaine Chaume-Arnaud
Cuvée: Vinsobres
Appellation: Vinsobres – the most northern part of the southern Rhône appellation
Type: Red
Vintage: 2014
Grape Varieties: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol: 14%
Average Retail Price: $20-24 USD

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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 Trobaors , 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.


  1. David
    January 20, 2019 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Quite a few friends have made these lamb shanks and the recipes have been wonderful!

    • CKAdmin
      January 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm — Reply

      Thanks for sharing this Cocoa & Lavender recipe! Slow-roasted lamb shanks and Rhône Valley red wine are a match made for winter dinner parties.

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