Chat with great winemakers in the Vaucluse about where their incredibly happy clientele dine – those motivated by a self-conscious concern of marrying a good bottle with a good dish – and you hear several places echoing in your ears as you shuffle about for a pen and a piece of paper to put them to memory. For the establishments listed below, reservations are recommended.
Restaurant Gérard Alonso, Avenue du 19 Mars 1962, Sorgues, Menu lunch 35€, dinner 50€, Tel 04 90 39 11 02, Closed Sunday and Monday. (The Avignon-based American sommelier Kelly McAuliffe is a fan of the cuisine of Gérard Alonso.)
Le Grand Pré, (photo l.) Route de Vaison-la-Romaine, Roaix, Restaurant Le Grand Pré, Menu 37-85€, Tel 04 90 46 18 12, Bistro Preface, Menus 29€- 39€, Tel 04 90 36 07 95, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, website
(Unabashed hedonist Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate has popped into Le Grand Pré.)
Le Temps de Vivre, Hameau les Farjons, Uchaux, Menu 18€ to 39€, Closed Wed and Thurs lunch from Sept to April, Tel 04 90 40 66 00, Email email@example.com Impressive bâtisse
Campagne, Vignes et Gourmandises, (photo r.) Route de Suze-la-Rousse, Sainte-Cecile-les-Vignes, Tel 04 90 63 40 11, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, website
Lunch menus at 23€ and 17€, dinner menus at 34€ and 40€. Terrace. Intimate.
Au Fils de Temps, (photo l.) 73 Place Louis Giraud, Pernes les Fontaines, Menu lunch 19,50€, dinner 28€-35€, Tel: 04 90 30 09 48. Lively ambiance. Check out the Website
Note: This restaurant lost its one-star Michelin ranking two years ago yet has been packing in clients with a new chef.