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Chateauneuf du Pape translates to “new house of the Pope”, so named in honor of the 70 years of exile the Papacy spent outside of Rome beginning in 1308. Relocating to the town of Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley of France, Pope Clement V needed something tasty to drink (he was by birth a Bordeaux guy), and thus a new commitment to quality was born in the area. Located just north of Avignon, the Chateauneuf du Pape region represents the pinnacle of the blended red traditions of the southern Rhone. I mean pinnacle not only in terms of quality, but also in number of grapes allowed in the traditional blend. Thirteen, and not even all red ones mind you. Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Mourvedre to be sure tilt the scales most heavily, but don’t forget Cinsault, Cunoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Vaccarese, and Picpoul Noir, plus Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Rousanne, Picardan, Clairette, and Bourboulenc (for those of you counting to fifteen at home, the red skinned and white skinned versions of Grenache and Picpoul only count as one variety each). You would hope that wines made from that much blending material would offer loads of complexity, and the best examples of Chateauneuf du Pape offer exactly that. Widely regarded as being full bodied and alcoholic, Chateauneuf du Pape actually comes in a wide variety of styles depending on the producer and the vintage. The best producers balance rich, ripe red fruit and gamey qualities with crisp acidity and fine tannins to make wines that offer great enjoyment both in the near and longer term.Chateauneuf du Pape translates to “new house of the Pope”, so named in honor of the 70 years of exile the Papacy spent outside of Rome beginning in 1308. Relocating to the town of Avignon in the southern Rhone Valley of France, Pope Clement V needed something tasty to drink (he was by birth a Bordeaux guy), and thus a new commitment to quality was born in the area. Located just north of Avignon, the Chateauneuf du Pape region represents the pinnacle of the blended red traditions of the southern Rhone. I mean pinnacle not only in terms of quality, but also in number of grapes allowed in the traditional blend. Thirteen, and not even all red ones mind you. Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Mourvedre to be sure tilt the scales most heavily, but don’t forget Cinsault, Cunoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Vaccarese, and Picpoul Noir, plus Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Rousanne, Picardan, Clairette, and Bourboulenc (for those of you counting to fifteen at home, the red skinned and white skinned versions of Grenache and Picpoul only count as one variety each). You would hope that wines made from that much blending material would offer loads of complexity, and the best examples of Chateauneuf du Pape offer exactly that. Widely regarded as being full bodied and alcoholic, Chateauneuf du Pape actually comes in a wide variety of styles depending on the producer and the vintage. The best producers balance rich, ripe red fruit and gamey qualities with crisp acidity and fine tannins to make wines that offer great enjoyment both in the near and longer term.

Food Pairings

Steaks, pasta with meat sauces, sausages the spicier the better. Barbecued ribs or chicken. Burgers and brats.

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage

Top Ten Liquors - Andover
Andover
763-755-7775

Cash Wise Liquor - Baxter
Baxter
218-829-9286

Top Ten Liquors - Blaine
Blaine
763-754-3231

Total Wine & More #1601 - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-835-6063

Oxendale's Wine & Spirits
Bloomington
952-756-8985

Mgm - West Bloomington
Bloomington
952-888-9421

Cheers - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-941-0998

Perrier - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-826-6443

Total Wine & More #1603 - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-835-6063

Lunds & Byerlys - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-892-5600

Perrier - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-953-6269

Northbound Liquor - Cambridge
Cambridge
763-689-2468

Lunds & Byerlys - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
952-474-1298

Total Wine & More #1606 - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
952-934-6484

Top Ten Liquors - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
651-341-2142

Total Wine & More #1609 - Coon Rapids
Coon Rapids

Delano Wine & Spirits
Delano
763-972-0578

Keyport Liquor
Duluth
218-724-8818

Cash Wise Liquor - Duluth
Duluth
218-722-4507

Super One Liquor - Duluth/central
Duluth
218-628-2169

Mt Royal Bottle Shoppe
Duluth
218-728-6168

Total Wine & More #1607 - Eagan
Eagan
651-452-0499

Premier Wine & Spirits
Eagan
651-452-7747

Edina # 1 - 50th
Edina
612-903-5720

Lunds & Byerlys - Golden Valley
Golden Valley
763-544-8846

On The Rocks Wine & Spirits
Hugo
651-787-9480

Isanti Municipal Liquor
Isanti
763-444-5063

Village W&s - Lake Elmo
Lake Elmo
651-433-2221

Lakeville # 7 - Keokuk
Lakeville
952-985-4950

Liquor Barn
Long Lake
952-473-1817

Lakeside Wine & Spirits
Long Lake
952-475-2936

Lincoln Square Liquor Barrel
Mahtomedi
651-770-0692

Total Wine & More #1605 - Maple Grove
Maple Grove
763-488-3300

Elevated Beer Wine & Spirits - Mpls
Minneapolis
612-384-2980

Top Ten Liquors - Minneapolis
Minneapolis

Sentyrz Liquor
Minneapolis
612-781-3484

Lunds & Byerlys - Mpls
Minneapolis
952-927-3663

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
612-825-4411

South Lyndale Liquor
Minneapolis
612-827-5811

Underground Leaf And Vine
Minneapolis
612-213-2975

Central Ave Liquor
Minneapolis
612-781-3424

Stinson Wine, Beer & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-789-0678

Zipp's
Minneapolis
612-333-8686

Mcdonald Liquor Store
Minneapolis
612-721-6686

Ken And Norm's Liquors
Minneapolis
612-822-0030

France 44
Minneapolis
612-925-3252

North Loop Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-338-5393

Surdyk's
Minneapolis
612-379-3232

Falls Liquor
Minneapolis
612-729-5498

Lowry Hill Liquors
Minneapolis
612-871-2500

1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Minneapolis
612-339-4040

Lunds & Byerlys - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-541-1414

Glen Lake Wine & Spirits
Minnetonka
952-935-7375

Top Ten Liquors - Minnetonka
Minnetonka

Mgm - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-470-2062

Total Wine & More #1608 - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-545-2754

Harbor Wine & Spirits
Mound
952-472-0648

Winestreet Spirit-north Oak
North Oaks
651-483-1767

Hy-vee - Oakdale
Oakdale
651-417-3160

Fresh Thyme - Plymouth
Plymouth
651-846-8821

Lunds & Byerlys - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-268-1624

Top Ten Liquors - Plymouth
Plymouth
763-657-0349

Top Ten Liquors - Ramsey
Ramsey
763-427-7131

Richfield # 3 - Penn
Richfield
612-861-9380

Richfield # 2 - Cedar
Richfield
612-861-9370

Richfield # 1 - 66th & Lyndale
Richfield
612-861-9375

Andy's Liquor
Rochester
507-289-0777

Top Ten Liquors - Rosemount
Rosemount
612-730-7666

Top Ten Liquors - Roseville
Roseville
651-340-1846

Cub Wine & Spirits - Harmar
Roseville

Total Wine & More #1602 - Roseville
Roseville
301-795-1000

Cub Liquor - Roseville
Roseville
952-922-8335

St Anthony Village # 2
Saint Anthony
612-782-3452

St Anthony Village # 1
Saint Anthony
612-782-3451

Coborn's - St Cloud
Saint Cloud
320-252-8346

Coborn's - St Joseph
Saint Joseph
230-363-0011

Total Wine & More #1610 - St Louis Park
Saint Louis Park

Liquor Boy
Saint Louis Park
952-512-2200

Top Ten Liquors - Slp
Saint Louis Park
952-920-0750

Lunds & Byerlys - St Louis Park
Saint Louis Park
952-929-2100

Marshall Liquors
Saint Paul
651-642-1891

Midway Liquor Store
Saint Paul
651-644-7900

Toasted Wine+spirits+ales
Saint Paul
651-246-8054

Haskell's - St Paul
Saint Paul
651-698-8844

Rite Liquor Store
Saint Paul
651-414-0346

Morelli's Discount Liquor
Saint Paul
651-774-5961

Thomas Liquor
Saint Paul
651-699-1860

First Grand Liquors
Saint Paul
651-227-7039

Dabbler Depot
Saint Paul
651-802-2112

Liquor Village
Saint Paul
651-699-7070

Scott's Liquor
Saint Paul
651-690-4434

Perrier - St Paul
Saint Paul
651-227-6563

Coborn's - Sartell
Sartell
320-252-0603

Shorewood Liquors
Shorewood
952-474-6869

Cellars Wine & Spirits - Stillwater
Stillwater
651-439-4319

Cub Wine & Spirits - Stillwater
Stillwater
651-430-2350

Top Ten Liquors - Vadnais Heights
Vadnais Heights
612-730-7666

West Side Liquor - Waite Park
Waite Park
320-253-9511

Tonka Bottle Shop
Wayzata
952-473-5469

Wayzata Wines & Spirits
Wayzata
952-473-7191

Cub Liquor - West Stp
West Saint Paul
651-457-3731

Cellars Wine & Spirits Wbl
White Bear Lake
651-426-1028

Haskell's - White Bear Lake
White Bear Lake
651-426-0022

Lunds & Byerlys - Wbl (off)
White Bear Lake

Bald Eagle Liquor
White Bear Township
651-407-1850

Top Ten Liquors - Woodbury
Woodbury
651-501-1199

Total Wine & More #1604 - Woodbury
Woodbury
301-795-1000

Jerry's Wine & Spirits
Woodbury
651-414-4870

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