22 Feb 2013
Châteauneuf-du-Pape was mentioned very briefly while John Dvorak was discussing the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. He pointed out there used to be a feud between Rome and the French city that makes Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine.
The village and three other surrounding communes produce wine, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region.
Before wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. began promoting them, the wines of Châteauneuf were considered rustic and of limited appeal. However, his influence increased their price more than fourfold in a decade. In gratitude, the Châteauneuf Winemakers Union pushed for his becoming an honorary citizen of the village.