French wine is world-renowned and your trip to Paris is the perfect chance to taste the best France has to offer, as well as improve your sommelier skills. Here are some top tips of how to go about tasting quality French wine whilst you're in Paris… 


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Taking part in a cours de dégustation is a great way to improve your knowledge of French wine, with the assistance of real sommelier experts, passionate about their profession. Here are some of INSIDR’s tried and tested top picks of where you can go wine testing in Paris...

Photo credit: Localers 

Photo credit: Localers 

Ô CHATEAU

French wine tastings for the novice and master classes for connoisseurs are presented in English by trained sommeliers. Learn about terroir and appellation in these fun and informative classes, held in historic wine cellars. There are many classes available to suit the taste of any wine lover; from wine and cheese luncheons, to a Grands Crus tasting class to a wine cruise on the Seine. 

68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1st arrondissement, Open Monday to Saturday: 4pm– midnight 

Check out their website for more information


VIZEAT

If you’re looking to experience the most authentic wine tasting experience possible, you couldn’t get more authentic than enjoying French wine in a local Parisians home! And luckily, INSIDR’s partner, Vizeat allows you to do just that! Often for the fraction of the cost, you can enjoy the company, as well as wine tasting expertise of local Parisians in the comfort of their home. You can book through the VizEat website. 

Click here to read about Allison’s Sparkling wine and Champagne tasting 

Click here for Stephan’s French Cheese and Wines tasting


LOCALERS 

Localers, a guide tour company based in Paris, have created the perfect wine tasting class for you to indulge in. Thierry, your wine expert du jour, will take you on a 2 hour wine tasting adventure during which you will be able to taste, as well as learn the fascinating history behind champagne, followed by sampling 5 different top-notch wines carefully selected by Thierry and each representing the most revered vineyard regions in the world. 

Check out their website to book your Localers wine tasting experience


LES CAVES DU LOUVRE

These historic wine cellars were established by King Louis XV’s sommelier. Centuries later, the cellars were fully renovated and opened up to the public. The wine tasting sessions at Les Caves du Louvre combine the old with the modern, using a free downloadable app to guide their visitors around the various rooms to engage all the senses in this wine tasting experience. There is a room where you can practice mixing your own wine, which for an extra fee you can have bottled to take home. At the end of the tour, you can opt for a wine and Champagne tasting at the wine bar. 

Note, for Paris pass holders, this wine tasting experience is included for free. 

52 rue de l'Arbre Sec, 1st arrondissement, Open daily from 10am-6pm, 
Check their website for more information

Our top wine bars

If you want an evening indulging in some quality wine, but don’t fancy a wine tasting class, you should just head to a Parisian bar à vin. Here are a few of INSIDR’s favourites… 

Photo credit: Freddy's

Photo credit: Freddy's

FREDDY’S

A fun and friendly wine bar located near the bustling Odeon neighbourhood. They have a great selection of wine for you to choose from and their clued up staff are always on hand to give you some helpful advice!

54 rue de Seine, 6th arrondissement, Open daily from 12pm-12am

Check their Facebook for more information

WINE BY ONE 

This wine bar offers a rather unconventional, but incredibly fun wine tasting experience. Once you arrive, you charge your Wine by One card with cash which will allow you to use their many wine machines to discover their vast selection of quality wine. The wine machines, that resemble something of a soda machine, line the walls, and you select the wine you fancy, choosing to get a small pour, and then, if you like it, you can go back and choose a larger pour. They even had a fun "mystery bottle" wrapped in all black with a big question mark for you to enjoy!

27 rue de Marignan, 8th arrondissement, Open Tuesday to Friday: midday- 10pm and Saturday: 3-8pm 

Check out their website for more information

JUVENILES

This quaint and friendly wine bistro serves an impressive food menu filled with traditional French dishes that you can enjoy alongside one of their carefully selected bottles of wine. 

47 rue de Richelieu, 1st arrondissement, Open Tuesday-Saturday: midday- 11pm

Check out their website for or information

Quality wine shops

If you’re looking for the perfect wine to enjoy chez vous, take back home as a gift, or simply add to your own personal wine collection, there are many places in Paris where you can purchase quality wine to take away...

Photo credit: BiBoVino 

Photo credit: BiBoVino 

BIBOVINO

Nestled away in the trendy eateries in the of the Marché des Enfants Rouges, you’ll find a wine shop that’s thought out the box, by keeping wine in a box. Bibovino’s bright purple boxed wines come from high-quality, small-scale producers and are available by the glass, carafe, or box. 

35 rue Charlot, 3rd arrondissement, Open Tuesday to Thursday: 11am- 2.30pm, Friday to Saturday 11am- 8pm and Sunday 10:30am- 6:30pm

Check their website for more information

EN VRAC

En Vrac means “in bulk,” an appropriate name for a bar where customers choose from a selection of natural wines that can be sampled on-site or taken off-site in fun French lemonade inspired bottles, or you can bring your own. The prices are very reasonable and it’s the perfect way to enjoy your own wine tasting chez vous!

2 rue de l’Olive, 18th arrondissement, Open from Monday to Sunday: 10am- midnight
48 rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, 9th arrondissement, Open Monday to Friday: 5pm- 8:30pm

Check their website for more information

 

La Bordeauxthèque at Galeries Lafayette

Talking about French wine, Bordeaux is definitely the most classic yet marvelous choice. Ranging from renowned Grand Cru to smaller vignerons, La Bordeauxthèque offers you a delicate collection of over 1,000 labels exclusively from the Bordeaux region. 7 hospitable vendor-sommeliers speaking English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and French are ready to help you with very personalized advice on quality French wines. 

Lafayette Gourmet, 1st floor 35 boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris, Open Monday to Saturday 8:30 am-9:30 pm

Check their website to see their selection 


NYSA

Comprising of a number of stores around Paris, this wine store removes all the pomp and pageantry from wine tasting, keeping things simple: quality wine, at reasonable prices, chosen by theme so you know what you should be drinking with what, when. Très simple. 

Check out their website to discover a store near you 

 

Coincide your trip with one of Paris’ wine festivals

Photo credit: Fête des Vendages de Montmartre Facebook page 

LA FETE DES VENDAGES DE MONTMARTRE- MONTMARTRE'S HARVEST FESTIVAL

Beginning of October

You may not have been aware, but Montmartre has its very own vineyards which date from 390 B.C! Every year, around the first week of October, the harvest is celebrated with a parade and festival that includes wine-tasting booths, food stalls, music and dancing in the streets.

Check their website for more information 

 

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU

End of November

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the arrival of the new crop of Beaujolais Nouveau wine is celebrated throughout France. In Paris, bars, cafés and restaurants offer special promotions featuring the latest vintage. Look for signs saying: "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!" or "le nouveau est arrivé!"

 

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