Rhône Valley Wines Bar
Come and taste a selection of delicious Rhône Valley Wines at the Rhône Touch bar.
You will be greeted by the amazingly dapper head sommelier and raconteur, Douglas Blyde who will entertain you with the stories behind the wines. He has quite a few to share with you.
At the bar, you will be able to taste Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages, and Crus wines.
Sorry, what was the question? The difference between Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages?
Well, Côtes du Rhône comes from the whole of the Rhône Valley whereas Côtes du Rhône Villages come from specific village areas, but you guessed that, didn’t you?
More wine facts?
Always good for pub quizzes or to impress friends. Côtes du Rhône means “hillsides of the Rhône.”
Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages can be white, rosé or red. They are easy drinking, food-friendly and good value wines.
A tip from Douglas: serve the reds slightly chilled in the summer.
And now for the Crus that will be available at the Rhône Touch bar. The Crus have the reputation to be the Rhône’s best wines.
Crozes-Hermitage wines can be red or white. The red wines are made from Syrah grapes (you might call that Shiraz – they are the same thing, Syrah is the French word); and the white wines from Roussane and Marsanne grapes. They are elegant, balanced and a joy to drink. Think “smooth”.
Saint-Joseph wines are mostly red and again made from Syrah grapes. They have a secret ingredient though: up to 10% Marsanne or Roussanne white grapes, which gives them unparalleled elegance.
When young they smell of blackcurrant and raspberry. After a few years, hints of leather and liquorice creep in.
Are you salivating yet?
Saint-Joseph white wines are made exclusively from Marsanne and Roussanne grapes. They smell of wild flowers, acacia and honey. Silky on the tongue and delicious.
You are salivating now, aren’t you?
Ripe apricots in a glass. Or mangoes. Plus some hints of gingerbread and tobacco after a few years in bottle. Lush, soft wines made from just one grape variety: Viognier. Simply gorgeous.
Like Saint-Joseph, Côte-Rôtie wines are made exclusively from Syrah grapes but this time, the secret ingredient is Viognier. They have extraordinarily delicate aromas of spices, summer fruit, black fruit, and violet. Velvet in a glass and highly sought after.
The Rhône Touch wine bar
Prices start from £5 for one glass of wine and £25 per bottle