Rhône and Côtes du Rhône (Red wine)
In the northern Rhô, Syrah is the predominant grape in red wines. Côtes du Rhône is a blended wine with Grenache as the predominant grape. It is mostly produced in the southern Rhone region of France.
Côtes du Rhône in southern area, or in northern Rhô, wines take the names of the specific cru villages of Beaumes de Venise, Château-Grillet, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cornas, Côte-Rôôtie AOC, Crozes-Hermitage, Gigondas, Hermitage, Lirac, Rasteau, Saint Joseph, Saint Péray, Vacqueyras, and Vinsobres.
The Grenache grape is required to be present at not less than 50%, with 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. A maximum of 20% of other authorized varieties is permitted. This blend varies in taste from straight Grenache in that it is more tannic (from the Mourvèdre ) and fuller-bodied with more flowery aroma elements (from the Syrah).
Classic Brands and Sources:
Beaucastel, Chapoutier, Jaboulet, Delas Frères, Guigal, Ferraton, Chave, Vins de Vienne, Andre Romero's La Soumade, Boudinaud,
Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs with slightly acidic foods/sauces
Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Beef, cold cuts, barbeque, chicken, chili, pizza, game, sausage, truffles, grilled tuna
Blue cheese, Swiss, Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Marcellin, Roncal, Port Salut, Pont-L'Eveque, Maroilles, Gouda, Emmental, Castelmagno, Beaufort, Banon
Côtes du Rhône at Plonk Wine Merchants
Côtes du Rhône at Wikipedia
Côtes du Rhône Villages
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