Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Provence: Light lunch in Chateau Neuf du Pape

One of the highlights of our trip was the day and a half we spent in Tavel. I have posted about this earlier and was excited to see this small town and discover the food and wine they had to offer. We had booked a room at the cute Auberge du Tavel. This offered a prime location in the center of town and a great little restaurant. As we entered the house, we found the staff to be more than courteous and our room was nicely decorated, and very large by French standards.   We unpacked and headed out into town to one of the tasting rooms featuring the local rose. The wines were cool, crisp, and full of life. They varied in color and flavor from light and refreshing to dark and complex. The vineyards were laid out around the town and divided into three terriors. Each vine was surrounded by the famous rough rocky soil that makes the wine here so unique.

Unable to resist great wine at a close distance, we spent the afternoon in charming Chateau neuf de Pape. Our first stop was lunch at the adorable Le Pistou. The restaurant was perched on the narrow street heading toward the chateau.

We stopped because of the street-side seating, but were thrilled by our lunch choices. We had an amazing goat cheese, field green and pistachio salad and a sandwich of coppa, goat cheese, grilled vegetables, on warm baguette. We sat and watched as tourists climbed the hill, enjoyed our wine, and quite frankly one of the better lunches of our trip.

Le Pistou
15 rue Joseph-Ducos, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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