Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wine Wednesday - Chateauneuf du Pape

A bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape deserves a well thought out dinner. Well, let me rephrase – for those of us who like a nice table wine and spend modest amounts on the monthly wine budget, a Chateauneuf du Pape is treat worthy of celebration at the dinner table. It goes so very well with a variety of foods; a flexible wine that embraces a roasted chicken or seduces a steak. This particular wine was a gift to my husband and so, he chooses the meal to enjoy with his Christmas wine.

The mouth feel, the scents of bramble, deep red fruit and suede…(yes, I inhaled an aroma that put suede in mind right off)….were a natural with Poulet Roti Farci au Riz et aux Figues.

As has been said many times, a roasted chicken is blank canvas to create a meal suitable for any appetite. I don’t know who said that, and I am probably paraphrasing, but in this case it’s so very true.

The magnificent flavors and texture of this pairing made us realize we need to splurge at least once a month on a very good wine. There is always something to celebrate. Chateauneuf du Pape never disappoints.

Cheers to your good health this 2014!

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  1. I totally agree, Tina with both choices! As for splurging once in a while, I say Go For It!

    Thanks for sharing...

  2. Thanks Louise, I think we should all celebrate more.

  3. You know, you're right! We have a modest wine budget, but a splurge every month or even every six weeks seems worth it. I'll have to look for a higher-shelf wine next week.

  4. I am more of a budget wine girl myself, but I do love a splurge now and again. I love this pairing -- I usually serve a Cote de Rhone with chicken, but this sounds way better.

  5. I don't have a wine budget, but oh my gosh you make this sound amazing! Maybe for the next time I want to splurge (for myself)... *grin*

  6. That's right, ladies, we need a good splurge night now and again! Thank you so much for the nice comments :-)

  7. What a nice meal and pairing. Cheers to you too!!

  8. We dabble a bit with wines here. I prefer a sweeter wine where my hubby is more dry. Hee hee. I just read that sentence and laughed. Dont tell him ;)

  9. It's always fun to have a special treat on in awhile. Nothing wrong with a splurge in my book!

  10. I'm never good at pairing food with wine, so it's great to read blog posts that do so. That sounds like a great wine too.

  11. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful meal!


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