When planning your wine visits, it's important to know that all the caves offer free tastings. But this one has the added advantage of a museum that explains how wine is made. Not all of it is in English, but you can ask the owner for any supplementary info. For example, I learned one of the fundamental differences between Californian and French wines (the former is "mono-culture" and uses one type of varietal grape, whereas French AOC wines use a mix of different varieties of grapes.)
The owner, who also does the tastings, is quite a character. He has a dry sense of humour, what the French call "second degré" and which Americans might not always get. Not to worry, his English is quite good. Our group laughed quite a bit. When I asked him why it seemed that the French were so interested in snubbing American wines, he told me it was pure French chauvinism. I have never heard a French person fess up to that!
A former reviewer noted a feeling of being ignored. However, it's important to keep in mind that the owner may be alone and is doing his best to accord proper time to everyone. We noticed that during our group tasting, he took the time to speak to all incoming guests and guide them towards the museum.
We purchased a couple of bottles of "La Fiole du Pape" at 21€ which has the distinction of an original bottle that has no year on it, because it incorporates wines from various years. This may not be well received by purists, but it makes for an original gift for those interested in Chateauneuf du Pape. It goes without saying that we really enjoyed the wine as well.
Finally, you can always make a trip to "La Maison des vins" which offers the advantage of free tastings of nearly ALL the Chateauneuf du Pape wines. The bottles are also sold for the same prices as those offered in the original caves. The people doing the tastings are also completely neutral in their advice and you will not feel obliged to purchase.
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