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Chateau Chalon area of Jura

We will be traveling to the mid region of the Jura (Coteaux de la Haute-Seille) and I am trying to find a home base area that would have availability of local bars and restaurants at night. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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We rented a house in Brainans (about 20-25 minutes from Chateau-Chalon), but there were no commercial establishments within walking distance (which was fine with us). We visited Chateau-Chalon, and while it is beautiful, I don't remember seeing any restaurants or hotels. There are mostly very small towns in the area, w/o hotels, bars, restaurants, etc. Your best bet might be Poligny, which is about 20 minutes from C-C; from what I remember there are several restaurants, and lots of wine tasting rooms.

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Note that the wine in Chateau-Chalon is... weird. It's like non-fortified fino sherry. I happen to like it myself, but it's a very distinctive taste that you may not.

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I'll certainly second that Phillip. It's a style that seems somewhat unique to Jura wines -- oxidized, sherry-like wines. I find them interesting, but wouldn't want to drink them every day.

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Are you referring to the unique vin de paille, where the grapes are left to dry on straw before being processed? Remember that this area was under Spanish rule for a while, which may be where this comes from. This wine is a bit pricey outside the Jura--lucky you to be able to pair it with the local food.

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I was actually referring to Vin Jaune, which is also pretty unique. Not quite as pricey as Vin de Paille, but not cheap.