From the black and white label—handwritten and casual—to the name (jaja is the local slang for the region's fruity red wines) to the wine itself, this is the friendly face of the south of France. Château de Jau, in Roussillon hard by the Pyrenees mountains, houses a modern arts center. This blend of Syrah and Grenache is robust and fruity, as is typical from the hottest, driest area of France. It is a wine fit for stews or, if the weather is sunny, served chilled with cold meats and cheeses.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.