Best of ’11 Provence Wine Bars: Caveau de la Tour de L’Isle and Le Tourne au Verre

A jewell of a wine bar: Caveau de la Tour de L’Isle

Caveau de la Tour de L’Isle: L’Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue

Stéphane et Janique Fina run this jewel of a wine bar in the center of L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue. Walk inside past the cheese counter and the racks of bottles, and you drift back into a cozy room of wooden tables and chairs. A retrograde décor. Pre-great-war. Originally a cheese shop, there are sixty fine cheeses and bread plates to accompany a great selection of wines by the glass or bottle.

The wine menu takes in all of the major wine regions in France, but take notice of the Domaine de la Crillone, a hard-to-find can’t-wait-to-taste AOC Ventoux wine. The Domaine covers only 4 hectares and produces an intense Grenache-dominant red. Tables occupy the sidewalk from spring to summer.

Caveau de la Tour de l’Isle is located in the center of the town at 12 rue de la République, L’Isle-Sur-la-Sorgue, Tel: 04 90 20 70 25, Website Open everyday in July and August; 9:00 a.m. -12:34 p.m. 3:32 p.m. – 7:59 p.m. Closed on Monday in April, May, June and September, closed Monday and Wednesday from October to March.

Le Tourne Au Verre treats wine treated as royalty: every bottle of red is decanted at your table.

Le Tourne au Verre: Cairanne

For wine enthusiasts, the gravitational pull of Cairanne asserts itself in the presence of what many claim is the most outstanding wine bar / restaurant in the Vaucluse: Le Tourne au Verre, where wine is treated as royalty. It’s all about attitude. The service is serious and snappy. Spiffy servers, attired in white tees with a restaurant logo printed on the chest and “Staff” printed across the back, place each bottle of white wine in an ice bag, and each bottle of red is decanted at your table.

Traversing the village toward St. Cecile des Vignes, Le Tourne Au Verre is visible from the street to your right

The 500-bottle-plus wine list has inner depth –  every French wine region is well represented. Wines are available by the glass. The menu choices pair well with either white or red wine, and the cuisine is top-notch fare.

Le Tourne au Verre is situated in the center of the village on the Route de Sainte-Cécile, closed Wednesday and Sunday, Tel 04 90 30 72 18,  Website Directions: Carainne is located northeast of Orange. Take Hwy D976 from Orange to Carnaret-sur-Aigues and then Hwy D93 to Carainne.

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