Côtes du Rhône pairs best with braised beef, liver and onions, roast pig, cold cut sandwiches, lamb chops, pizza and roasted chicken. Medium-bodied and fruity, Côtes du Rhône has a subtle earthy quality that makes it a food-friendly red wine.

Côtes du Rhône is a blended French red wine produced in the Rhône valley. Up to 23 grape varietals can be used to produce Côtes du Rhône, however, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan are the most common. Côtes du Rhône Villages refers to a superior version of Côtes du Rhône and will showcase a little more depth and complexity.

Côtes du Rhône has juicy and smooth flavours of blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and plum. Depending on the grapes used, you’ll also find notes of black pepper, earth, herbs, smoke, and spices. Côtes du Rhône is made to go with food and will pair well with any meat or roasted vegetable dish.

For bolder and expensive Côtes du Rhône, see food pairings with Chateauneuf du Pape.

Best food with Côtes du Rhône

VarietalFoodRating
Côtes du Rhône Villages RasteauBeef Short Ribs
Côtes du Rhône Villages RasteauHunting Rabbit
Côtes du Rhône, RedElk Steak
Côtes du Rhône, RedPig Roast
Côtes du Rhône Villages ValréasHunting Rabbit
Côtes du Rhône, RedLiver and Onions
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Braised
Côtes du Rhône, RedItalian Submarine Sandwich
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Carne Asada
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedKashmiri Yakhni
Côtes du Rhône, RedChicken Satay
Côtes du Rhône, RedParsnip
Côtes du Rhône, RedCarrots
Côtes du Rhône, RedOlives
Côtes du Rhône, RedCottage Pie
Côtes du Rhône, RedItalian Sausage
Côtes du Rhône, RedRoasted Chicken
Côtes du Rhône, RedWelsh Rarebit
Côtes du Rhône, RedWiener Schnitzel
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Wellington
Côtes du Rhône, RedLamb Chops
Côtes du Rhône Villages Puyméras - AOPBayonne Ham
Côtes du Rhône, RedTea Smoked Duck
Côtes du Rhône, RedOmelette with Ham & Mushroom
Côtes du Rhône, RedDuck à l'Orange
Côtes du Rhône, RedGrilled Tuna
Côtes du Rhône Villages CairanneRotisserie Chicken
Côtes du Rhône, RedChicken Tikka Masala
Côtes du Rhône Villages, Red
Beef Bourguignon
Côtes du Rhône, RedPulled Pork
Côtes du Rhône, RedPepperoni Pizza
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeets
Côtes du Rhône, RedCassoulet
Côtes du Rhône, RedSausage
Côtes du Rhône, RedCoda alla Vaccinara - Oxtail Stew
Côtes du Rhône, RedPizza
Côtes du Rhône, RedLamb Gyro
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedBayonne Ham
Côtes du Rhône, RedOnion
Côtes du Rhône, RedFrench Onion Soup
Côtes du Rhône, RedAkami Teppan (steak)
Côtes du Rhône, RedHam and Cheese Sandwich (Gruyere)
Côtes du Rhône, RedSteak
Côtes du Rhône, RedChili Con Carne
Côtes du Rhône, RedQuail
Côtes du Rhône, RedPorchetta
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeggar’s Chicken
Côtes du Rhône, RedCharcuterie
Côtes du Rhône, RedShepherd's Pie
Côtes du Rhône, RedIrish Stew
Côtes du Rhône, RedTruffles
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedOr Lam
Côtes du Rhône, RedHungarian Goulash
Côtes du Rhône, RedHare
Côtes du Rhône, RedChili
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Tenderloin
Côtes du Rhône, RedGarlic
Côtes du Rhône, RedRack of Lamb
Côtes du Rhône, RedPork Chops
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedChicken Adobo
Côtes du Rhône, RedCabbage Rolls
Côtes du Rhône, RedPort Salut Cheese
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Stew
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Short Ribs
Côtes du Rhône, RedPanino
Côtes du Rhône, RedBaked Beans
Côtes du Rhône, RedHare Casserole
Côtes du Rhône, RedPork Tenderloin
Côtes du Rhône, RedBo Kho - Vietnamese Beef Stew
Côtes du Rhône, RedCoq Au Vin
Côtes du Rhône, RedPasta with Wild Boar Sauce
Côtes du Rhône, RedChicken Teriyaki
Côtes du Rhône, RedDuck
Côtes du Rhône, RedPot Au Feu
Côtes du Rhône, RedMoussaka
Côtes du Rhône, RedVeal Braised Shanks or Shoulder
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Stroganoff
Côtes du Rhône, RedHamburgers
Côtes du Rhône, RedBarbecue
Côtes du Rhône, RedTagliata di Manzo
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef - Prime Rib with Horseradish
Côtes du Rhône, RedOsso Buco
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Tacos
Côtes du Rhône, RedLamb
Côtes du Rhône, RedQuiche
Côtes du Rhône, RedChateaubriand
Côtes du Rhône, RedT-Bone Steak
Côtes du Rhône, RedLamb Shanks
Côtes du Rhône, RedIndian Cuisine Braised Meat Dishes
Côtes du Rhône, RedTomatillos
Côtes du Rhône, RedBBQ Ribs
Côtes du Rhône, RedCheese Fondue
Côtes du Rhône, RedPetite Tender
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedGame
Côtes du Rhône, RedMaroilles Cheese
Côtes du Rhône, RedCouscous
Côtes du Rhône, RedPork Spare Ribs
Côtes du Rhône, RedLamb Tagine
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedBeaufort Cheese
Côtes du Rhône, RedBeef Fajitas
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedBBQ Ribs
Côtes du Rhône, RedSteak Flank
Côtes du Rhône, RedBlack Bean
Côtes du Rhône, RedMorbier Cheese
Côtes du Rhône Villages, RedTuna Casserole
Côtes du Rhône, RedChicken Liver
Côtes du Rhône, RedGrilled Hamburgers
Côtes du Rhône, RedSteak with Mustard
Côtes du Rhône, RedGreen Bell Pepper
Côtes du Rhône, RedRed Bell Pepper

Braised Beef & Côtes du Rhône


Côtes du Rhône is my go to cooking wine. It’s fruity, earthy, dry and not overly tannic. It would only make sense that if I were braising beef using Côtes du Rhône, I would pair it up later with a nice glass of the same wine.

With Braised Beef, you are introducing a variety of flavours, such as paprika, carrots, black pepper, onions, garlic, thyme, rosemary and celery. The earthiness and spicy flavours of Côtes du Rhône meld perfectly with these savoury flavours. Meanwhile, the fruity notes of cassis, raspberry and strawberry keep you excited and your taste buds alert throughout the meal.

Liver and Onions & Côtes du Rhône


The earthy notes of Côtes du Rhône love the sweet and earthy sautéed flavours of onions, while the raspberry and strawberry notes offer a pleasant contrast against the gamey and rich flavours of the calf’s liver. Meanwhile, with Côtes du Rhône, you will get notes of black pepper, smoke, herbs, and meat that complement that iron bite of the liver. All of these factors make Côtes du Rhône the best wine to pair with Liver and Onions.

Liver and Onions used to be a staple on restaurant menus for decades but has gone out of style since the 2000s. The younger generation seems to find it gross, which is unfortunate as liver is loaded with vitamins and minerals. I’m certain it will eventually make a comeback and make its rounds on Instagram and Tic Toc. In the meantime, enjoy it while the prices remain low.

Roasted Chicken & Côtes du Rhône Pairing


Roasted Chicken is all about the contrast between the crisp skin and the juicy meat within. Côtes du Rhône is a natural pairing as the earthy veil loves the crispy skin, while the smooth finish of raspberry and strawberry elevates the tender meat inside.

Even better is that Côtes du Rhône is not a boozy red wine, so it won’t make you sleepy if you grab a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket for a light lunch or dinner.

red wine and pizza slice

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Pizza & Côtes du Rhône Pairing


Côtes du Rhône is so food friendly that it will pair well with nearly any pizza topping you toss at it. The earthy, herbal and spicy notes of Côtes du Rhône ensure it will go well with mushrooms, onions, olives, beef, pepperoni, bacon, green pepper, eggplant, chicken and Italian sausage.

Meanwhile, the fruity flavours of raspberry and strawberry keep your mouth refreshed in between bites causing you to slow down and savour each sip and bite. This ensures you’ll have plenty of left-over pizza to enjoy as a midnight snack or for a quick breakfast before you head out to work.

For those new to wine, I always suggest a Côtes du Rhône Villages over a Côtes du Rhône as the Villages will be of better quality. With Pizza, you’re better off selecting a Côtes du Rhône (sans Village) as Côtes du Rhône Villages tend to have more tannin. Tannin and tomato sauce do not jive as the tomato sauce makes tannin taste like tin.

In reality, chances are high that a Côtes du Rhône Villages will be amazing with your pizza, provided it’s lightly sauced and the wine is at a medium tannin level. But if you’re new to wine, it’s often difficult to figure this all out while you are still learning.

Chili & Côtes du Rhône Pairing


Côtes du Rhône is not an expensive red, nor is it overly heavy in alcohol, which makes it well suited for the budget-friendly and sometimes spicy chilli. Medium-bodied and fruity, Côtes du Rhône offers just enough sass to keep you refreshed and mellow while you enjoy a savoury bowl of chilli.

Furthermore, all those earthy and spicy flavours of Côtes du Rhône, such as black pepper, smoke and herbs, complement the meat, sauce and any beans you toss into your chilli. (Although many claim real chilli does not contain beans.)  Zinfandel is my favourite wine pairing with Chilli, but Cotes du Rhone is a close second.

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