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Châteauneuf-du-Pape & Food Pairings

Behind this fancy name stands a rich and bold red wine that goes great with all kinds of different foods such as duck, venison, lamb, barbecue beef ribs, osso buco etc. Picture this, you a hunter living in a forest during the 1800s, whatever you catch, whether it flies or runs, can be paired with a delicious Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Along with acidic elements from cooked cherry, raspberry and black berry, this complex wine can contain licorice, smoke, black pepper or tar. The gaminess of the flavor becomes over the course of five years.

This specific red wine is full-bodied with a high concentration of alcohol. That is why it does not go great with spicy food, such as Mexican cuisine, hot sauces/salsas, pastas with chili or curry dishes. The best option is to stick to bold flavorful spices like clove, rosemary and mint, you can find these flavors in a Braised Lamb Shank dish.

What Châteauneuf-du-Pape really is is mostly Grenache mix up to 12 varieties like Mourvedre, Syrah, Clairette or Cinsault. Every winemaker puts their own signature on each bottle along with the Papal Coat of Arms (a pope hat in front of two crossed skeleton keys).

One of the most famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers are Henri Bonneau, Pierre Usseglio, Chateau Rayas, Charvin and Chapoutier.

Best Châteauneuf-du-Pape + food combinations:

Venison Stew

Since the entire essence around Châteauneuf-du-Pape is its combination with hunter lifestyle, this wine is the perfect choice to pair with Venison Stew. A rich palette of flavor of berries and the mushrooms gathered from the soil around the trees. A hit of smoke and pepper will hit your tongue to remind you of the freshly made gamebird being roasted.

The gamey and smokey elements of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape pairs great with Venison, all in the meantime dark fruit flavors cover the gamey sensation making it even richer in taste.

Shepherd’s Pie

Since this famous dish is made of lamb, Shepherd’s Pie is a great dish that goes great with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Did you know what this dish was invented so that you can avoid throwing away leftovers since back then food was very difficult to acquire or afford? So, take what leftovers you have from the previous dinner like lamb, mix it with potatoes, carrots, gravy and peas, throw all of them into a pie and voila – You’ll have Shepherd’s Pie in no time!

The smokiness of the lamb will surprise your taste buds when paired with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Along with that the taste of black pepper, herbs and earth notes accentuate the gravy and root veggies. Whether you are a fan or not of taste of game, the dark flavors will subdue that intense flavor and give it a taste of fruitiness to balance everything perfectly.

Roasted Duck

Unlike other meats, duck is more on the sweeter side which combines well  with fruit flavors and Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s smokiness. The fatty duck skin tastes amazing when paired with raspberry, plum and black cherry flavor.

The reason why Duck goes great with Châteauneuf-du-Pape is its fatiness. You will never go wrong with pairing Duck with Châteauneuf-du-Pape because it is the perfect balance between strong and sweet flavors.

Hamburger with Sauteed Mushrooms

Don’t let the price of Châteauneuf-du-Pape keep you away from enjoying it with hamburgers filled with sauteed mushrooms. The grilled beef in the hamburger dance well with the acidic forest flavor of the mushrooms.

What makes Châteauneuf-du-Pape special is that its one of the rare expensive wines that go well with greasy foods like hamburgers.

Osso Buco

Both extremely rich in flavor and perfect for a quiet evening at home while a snow storm raging outside, Osso Buco and Châteauneuf-du-Pape can be the perfect choice. Since Osso Buco is such a strong dish, it requires a bold red wine to pair with to penetrate through the rich sauce without ruining the taste of Osso Buco.

The Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s fruity flavors from the dark cherry and blackberry give Osso Buco a punch, right after that the peppery notes lurk from behind to carry your senses into a state of Nirvana. The complex palate of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine lies in the extreme notes of game, herbs, spice, smoke which tango with the hardy flavors of the Osso Buco.

As soon as you have chosen your prefered food pairings, you can order it online. For instance Iceland will give you a Free Next Day Delivery on orders over £40.

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