From Uzes, you are about 20kms to the A6 freeway (although not free at all...) and if you are in a hurry, you can drive from Orange to Paris in about 6 hours and will cost you about 200$ in tolls and petrol, or take the TGV from Avignon, and 2h40 mn later you will be in the center of Paris for about the same price for two - less if you book in advance. B
But obviously, that would not be fun to tell you that story on this blog - although I love taking the TGV!
So, instead, I have patched up childhood or more recent memories of the places I like along the way, or have some historical connections with my family, or just plain fun, as visiting wineries and tasting my favourite wines!
And the first stop is just that:
Chateauneuf-du-Pape - the jewel of the southern Cotes-du-Rhone
Well, as the name indicates, the Pope mass wine has become the wine for the masses!
And yes, John XXII was responsible for most of the planting and the improvement of the winemaking.
And according to Wikipedia:
The village and three other surrounding communes produce wine, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region. Unlike its northern Rhône neighbors, Châteauneuf-du-Pape permits thirteen different varieties of grape; the blend is usually predominantly Grenache. Other red grapes include Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvèdre, Muscardin, Syrah, Terret noir, andVaccarèse. White grapes include Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picardan, Roussanne, and Picpoul. In recent years, the trend has been to include fewer (or even none) of the allowed white varieties and rely heavily (or solely) upon the Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. One may suspect that this is a response to international wine-market trends and the desire to have this sometimes-rustic wine appeal to a broader commercial audience.
Below, some of my favourites, Vidal Fleury bien sur, Chateau de la Janasse, one of my dad's favourites and a few more worth your while...just looking at the labels will wet your appetite!
Somehow less known than Chateauneuf, it is an excellent southern Cotes-du-Rhone, its name means "great pleasure" in Latin and vines were planted for the enjoyement of the Roman troops stationed near by at the time!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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