All posts by Thor Iverson

Les Caves de Prague

Parisian wine shops tend to exhibit tunnel vision, often to the point of obsession: either they sell natural/organic/biodynamic wine, or they sell “traditional” wine, and rarely do the twain meet. One sees many of the same wines over, and over, and over again. Not here. There’s plenty

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Le Vin Qui Parle

An attractive and likable cave in the Latin Quarter, but slick design can’t quite mask a partial dearth of bottles of particular interest. There are famous names here and there, but much of the stock is more puzzling than eyebrow-raising. The staff is generous (in that


A shop full of natural, biodynamic, and organic wine doesn’t seem the likeliest candidate for a heavily touristed corner of the Île Saint-Louis. But while it’s possible that a fair number of visitors are baffled by the racks of unfamiliar wines, and at least a

Les Caves du Marais

Piled wooden cases bearing the name of many a famous winemaker form the narrow passage to this equally tiny shop. Inside, you’ll find those bottles from those famed names, plus plenty more not quite in evidence, to find which you’ll want to strike up a conversation with

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Cave at La Grande Epicerie de Paris

This grande dame of comestible retail has expanded rapidly and somewhat chaotically over the last few years. As a consequence, the once well-controlled wine shop has moved to the basement, leaving confusion in its wake. As ever, there are a lot of well-known labels, in all

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Caves Legrand

Lovely Legrand occupies an enviable place off the galerie Vivienne. Mainly a shop, there is a room with a bar and a few tables for a drink and a snack on the spot.

Des Mets Des Vins

An excellent caviste near the Marche d’Aligre. Nicolas Antoine has an interesting & unusual selection of high quality, hard-to-find producers at every price point and organizes the wines according to what they’d pair well with. And if you’re in the market for a pairing, there’s a nice little épicerie section to boot.