“A meal without wine is like a day without sun” — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Regal Châteauneuf-du-Pape – wine fit for royalty.
The Rhône Valley is one of France’s – and possibly the world’s most celebrated wine regions with a history that dates back to before the ancient Romans. It’s safe to say that the wines from this area have been on an upward trajectory in popularity for some time.
Especially those from the sunny, Mediterranean – influenced vineyards of the Southern Rhône. It is here that we find Châteauneuf-du-Pape – the famed appellation that was once the summer home of the pope and that now produces fashionable, full-bodied reds generally consisted of a blend of grapes produced in a classic Old World style.
However with the changing landscape of wine lovers, winemakers are now embracing experimenting with single – varietal wines and crafting bottlings that embrace a more modern style.
During this event we’ll explore a selection of these wines. The first two selected are 100% Grenache made in a traditional style, while the third is an equal blend of Grenache and Syrah. Both of these top-rated reds are deliciously spicy but have distinct differences that I know you’ll enjoy!
Everyone will receive notes about the background of the wine’s varietal/grape and region. Each of us contributes $27.00 to the shared cost of wines, plus you pay for your own dinner order.
Chateau Fargueirol has one of the longest histories in the Southern Rhone Valley. Or perhaps it is better to say that the Revoltier family dates back to 1340. The Revoltier family held the property in those days, but left the area, after the Revolution.
The Revoltier family did not come back to the region until 1974, when Joseph Revoltier purchased 10 hectares of land that needed to be completely re-cultivated, as the vines were left untended for years. The estate takes its name from its geographical location where their vines are planted in the Fargueirol lieu-dit.
What we know of as Domaine du Grand Tinel is actually one of the older estates in the Southern Rhone Valley. In its formative years, during the late 1700’s, the property was known as Chateauneuf Calcernier. Over time, the property continued adding more land to their vineyards.
In 1846 the domaine changed its name to Petit Gardiole. In 1906, the property became one of the first Chateauneuf du Pape producers to bottle their own wine. In 1972 the vineyard once again changed its name to what we know of today as Domaine du Grand Tinel. The inspiration for the name comes from the word Latin word for cask which can be translated into tina
Domaine Tour Saint Michel was first established in 1930 by Michel Fabre. The estate takes its name from the tower on the property which you see as you enter the estate and of course, on the logo which appears on the bottles. The Southern Rhone Valley property has remained in the hands of the same family after having been passed down through three generations of the Fabre family.
Since 2002, Mireille Fabre has been in charge of managing Domaine Tour Saint Michel. However the modern era for Domaine Tour Saint Michel really starts with the improvement of quality in the wines beginning with the 2007 vintage.
Lyon Hall is a modern bistro serving approachable Alsatian-inspired fare, including an extensive selection of house-made charcuterie and sausages. The menu changes with the season to highlight fresh produce from local farms, as do the pastries, desserts and fresh bread. The affordable wine list focuses on French selections, while the impressive beer list offers an extensive selection of European drafts and bottles. Located in an historic art deco building in the heart of downtown Clarendon, Lyon Hall is a vibrant neighborhood spot with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Perfect for an elegant dinner in the stylish dining room, frankfurters and beer flights with friends at the lively bar, or enjoying a warm evening on the patio with a bottle of wine and selections from the dynamic cheese menu. The private room located in our mezzanine level offers a great spot for small to medium size groups enjoying a private meal or cocktail reception.
Near Clarendon Metro on Orange Line