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Beaujolais Nouveau Death March: Our 2013 Report

Having already taken on the unprecedented challenge of publishing (and thereby endorsing) a detailed guide to Paris’ best Beaujolais Nouveau parties, the editorial team decided to put its money where its Mouth is and attend as many as possible in one night.

Meg Zimbeck called it “the Beaujolais Death March”: a tipsy trek from the 14ème to the 11ème. Along the way we met winemakers, shared bottles with strangers, used car roofs as bars, and, completely by accident, obtained actor Willem Dafoe’s opinion on Beaujolais Nouveau (“I prefer full-bodied reds,” he said, before ducking into an anonymous café in an unsuccessful bid to avoid paparazzi).

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Boris and Patrick Fabre from Aux Tonneaux des Halles

The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau is rather like gin – people who won’t touch the stuff usually have a legendarily bad story to tell involving a harrowing experience with the worst product imaginable. At its worst, Beaujolais Nouveau is indeed something less than a wine, a creepy under-aged creation of greenish grapes rouged up with sugar and sulfur. But just as the last two decades’ international cocktail renaissance has redeemed gin for many drinkers, so too does Paris’ booming natural wine scene contain the redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau – a quaff that, at its best, is a dashing, sun-dappled débutante of a wine, a pristine and lively beverage whose unseriousness is a big part of its charm.

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Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau In Paris 2013

Wednesday November 20, 2013 (night before)

La Robe et le Palais (13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune, 75001) Owner Olivier Schvirtz and sommelier Loic Mougene throw what is possibly Paris’ last remaining quality-conscious midnight-release party for Beaujolais Nouveau on Wednesday the 20th November. The multi-faceted event will run as follows:

  • 16h-19h : Book signing by wine writer Michel Tolmer.
  • 19h-22h : Normal restaurant service.
  • 22h-00h : Special Beaujolais dinner, with a fixed menu of regional dishes. Beaujolais Nouveau wines saved from previous years will be served to accompany the dinner.
  • 00h-2h : Party, in the probable attendance of many Beaujolais winemakers. Beaujolais Nouveau from Karim Vionnet, Jean-Claude Lapalu, France Gonzalvez, Xavier Benier. Music: Possibly.

Thursday November 21, 2013

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie (19 Rue des Fossés Saint-Jacques, 75005) Benjamin Courty and Corentin Cucillat are the latest owners of this historic natural wine bar in the 5ème, which has changed hands over the course of its 20 years in business, but has always remained a destination for magnificent wine and simple bistrot cuisine. A daube de boeuf will accompany the gypsy jazz and sought-after primeurs. Beaujo Nouveau by Guy Breton & Jean-Claude Lapalu plus vin primeur by Jean-François Nicq.

La Cave des Papilles
La Cave des Papilles

La Cave des Papilles (35 Rue Daguerre, 75014) Florian Aubertin, wine buyer at La Cave des Papilles, promises a suberb tasting from 4PM – 8:30PM. He aims to present vins primeurs from all the viticultural regions of France. Probable appearances by the winemakers involved. La Cave des Papilles, incidentally, offers among the best selections of natural wine in Paris. Beaujolais Nouveaux from Nicolas Testard, Jean Foillard, Jean-Claude Lapalu, plus other vins primeurs from Jo Landron (Loire), Olivier Lemasson (Loire), Jean-Christophe Comor, Marchel Richaud, Jean-François Nicq. Music: live jazz.

Le Repaire de Cartouche (8 Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, 75011) Legendarily intense chef-owner Rodolphe Paquin celebrates Beaujo Nouveau with gusto. Probable appearances by several winemakers involved. Beaujolais Nouveau from Karim Vionnet, Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton. Music: live band.

Le Garde Robe (41 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001) Winemaker Jean-Claude Lalapu himself will be present, along with a barrel of his wine, and copious bowls of onion soup, at this popular natural wine bar by the Louvre. Beaujolais Nouveau by: Jean-Claude Lalaplu. Music: none.

Aux Tonneaux des Halles (28, rue Montorgeuil, 75001) Proprietor Patrick Fabre has been throwing what is reportedly Paris’ most rocking Beaujolais Nouveau event for 23 years straight at his dirt-simple terraced bistrot near Etienne Marcel.  Probable appearances by all winemakers involved. I’m told it goes late. Beaujolais Nouveau from Marcel Joubert, Jean Foillard, and Georges Descombes. Music: Live jazz by Les Barriques Aux Rouges.

Other Notable Beaujolais Nouveau Events

Le 6 Paul Bert (6 rue Paul Bert, 75011) Sommelier Solenne Jouan has organised a daylong tasting centered around some up-and-coming names in natural Beaujolais. Chef Louis-Philippe Riel has prepared a Beaujolais-themed menu. Beaujolais Nouveau from Hervé Ravera, Jean-Francois Cuzin, Benoit Camus, Michel Guignier, Nicolas Testard, Jean Claude Lapalu. Music: None

La Pointe du Grouin (8 rue de Belzunce, 75010) Owner Thierry Breton – who also owns the adjacent restaurants Chez Michel and Chez Casimir – will be splitting a full barrel of Lapierre’s Beaujolais Nouveau between his three restaurants. 20€ per bottle, with food. Beaujolais Nouveau from Marcel Lapierre. Music: There’s a piano inside.

Caves Augé (116 boulevard Haussmann, 75008) The gorilla in the room of the Paris natural wine market, Caves Augé will present a mise en bouteille (botting) and tasting that will run from 11AM – 6PM. Winemakers will be present bottling direct from the barrel. Beaujolais Nouveau from Jean Foillard, plus vins primeurs from Eric Pfifferling (Rhône), Jean-François Nicq (Roussillon), Jean-Christophe Comor (Provence). Music: None.

Celebration at La Buvette
Celebration at La Buvette

La Buvette (67 rue Saint Maur, 75011) Winemaker Marcel Joubert will be present from 7pm onwards at Camille Fourmont’s bright, thimble-sized wine bar on rue Saint Maur. Beaujolais Nouveau from Marcel Joubert, Rémi Dufaitre. Music: None.

Coinstot Vino (26 passage des Panoramas, 75002) A special menu will be served. All Beaujolais Nouveau will be served from magnum. Beaujolais Nouveau from France Gonzalvez, Cyril Alonso, Raphael Champier, Karim Vionnet, Nicolas Testard. Music: A banjo and accordian combo.

Juveniles (47 rue de Richelieu, 75001) Beaujolais Nouveau from Pierre-Marie Chermette’s “Cuvée Tim,” specially selected by owner Tim Johnston. Music: None. Saucisse Lyonnnais will be served. Probable appearance by Pierre-Marie Chermette.

Le Bal Café (6 impasse de la Défense, 75018) Beaujolais Nouveau: Pierre-Marie Chermette’s “Cuvée Tim”. Taking reservations for a special Beaujolais-themed dinner this evening at 01 44 70 75 51. Music: none.

L’Entrée des Artistes (8 rue de Crussol, 75011) Beaujolais Nouveau from Michel Guignier (the one from Vauxrenard, not the one from Villié-Morgon) and Lilian Bauchat. Music: Probably the same classicist hip-hop as always.

Tasting at Le Rubis
Tasting at Le Rubis

Le Rubis (10 rue du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001) Proprietor Albert Prat, an almost comically hard-nosed restaurateur of the old school, drives down to Beaujolais at the last possible moment choose his Nouveau. Then he purchases the wine in bulk and bottles things back in Paris, displaying only the cru of the cuvée, not the winemaker. In my experience Prat’s selections can be hit or miss, but the atmosphere spilling out onto rue du Marché Saint-Honoré is unmistakably authentic. Plus, his Côte de Brouilly selection right now is what Kermit Lynch proudly calls the “benchmark” of the appellation – Château Thivin. Beaujolais Nouveau: TBA. Last year’s came from Domaine Duvernet, but this year he doens’t know. Music: none.

La Quincave (17 rue Bréa, 75006) Beaujo Nouveau from Karim Vionnet & Jean Foillard, plus vin primeur from Hervé Villemade (Loire). Music: “Probably.”

Les Pipos (2 rue de l’École Polytechnique, 75005) Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Descombes & Jean-Claude Lapalu. Probable appearance by Georges Descombes. Music: Live band.

La Cave de Georges Duboeuf (9 rue Marbeuf, 75008) The famous négociant’s wine shop will be open from 8AM – 7PM, offering tastings and sales of various primeur cuvées, among them “La Cuvée de Georges Duboeuf.” I find even Duboeuf’s best cuvées potpourried and unpleasant. But the wine shop contains a few surprising treasures: for example, inexpensive back vintage bottles of Guy Bossard’s stunning biodynamic Muscadets.

Ma Cave de Fleury (77 impasse Saint-Denis, 75002) Beaujolais Nouveau from France Gonzalvez, Jean-Claude Lapalu. Music: Live fanfare band (French traditional music involving brass instruments.

La Cave du Daron (140 avenue Parmentier, 75011) Beaujolais Nouveau from Isabelle & Bruno Perraud. Music: None. Small plates will be served. Probable appearance by Isabelle & Bruno Perraud.

Legrand Filles et Fils (1 rue de la Banque, 75002) Beaujolais Nouveau from Pierre-Marie Chermette, and Caves Legrand’s house brand. Music: Accordion players from 12PM – 2:30PM and from 7PM – 8PM.

Le Vin de Julien (42 rue Condorcet, 75009) Beaujolais Nouveau from Christophe Pacalet, Isabelle et Bruno Perraud, plus Vin Primeur from Jo Landron (Loire). Music: None. Le Vin de Julien offers a primeur tasting and snacks from 6pm onwards.

Au Moulin à Vent (20 rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 75005) This restaurant – named after one of Beaujolais’ ten crus – serves a special Beaujolais Nouveau dinner of regional dishes. Reservations necessary at  01 43 54 99 37. Beaujolais Nouveau from Christophe Pacalet. Music: Accordion players.

Party at Le Grand Pan
Party at Le Grand Pan

Le Siffleur de Ballons (34 rue de Citeaux, 75012) Sommelier-restaurateur Thierry Brumeau’s neighborhood natural wine bar will transform for the evening : all tables and chairs removed, with part-time server, part-time DJ Alexie spinning by the doors. Beaujolais Nouveau from Xavier Benier, plus vin Primeur from Jo Landron (Loire). Music: DJ.

Le Grand Pan (20 rue Rosenwald, 75015) This restaurant will be celebrating with oysters and charcuterie from Eric Ospital. Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Descombes. Music: guitar.

La Rallonge (16 rue Eugène-Sue, 75018) This restaurant will be celebrating with boards of charcuterie and Beaujolais Nouveau from Jean Foillard.

BiBoVino (14 rue Poncelet, 75017) Beaujolais Nouveau and a visit from Jean Paul Brun at this shop specializing in quality box wine.

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The Paris Wine Company Launches Tomorrow

Paris Wine Co. Launch


Want to taste some incredible organic and natural wines for free this weekend? And meet the winemakersThe Paris Wine Company launches tomorrow at Verjus with a wine tasting from Angevin vignerons Bertin-Delatte & Vins Hodgson from 2-6pm.

Want to take unusual French wines back home but don’t want to stuff your suitcase?  The new endeavor from Joshua Adler, formerly the wine director at Spring, offers international clients a safe, reliable way to ship interesting and hard-to-find French wines back home.

The company will also put on a variety of tastings and classes, starting with a vigneron’s picnic lunch prior to the launch from 12-2pm. Tickets are still available.

Free-standing crème brûlée

British chefs attempt a Takeover this Saturday in Paris

Free-standing crème brûlée

The latest Paris pop-up concept will debut on Saturday night March 2nd, and it’s the brain-child of two young British chefs. Jonathan Bone and Steven Ellis met while working at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, and dream of opening their own restaurant together.

Their new project called The Takeover is an effort to show diners (and potential investors) what they can do together. After Saturday’s debut, during which they’ll take over the restaurant 17eme Parallele, they’re planning to organize additional Takeover dinners both in Paris and London within the next few months.

Bone, who has spent much of the last year cooking at Fréderic Simonin in Paris, says that pop-up dinners like this are a great way to break into the business. “In today’s market to open a restaurant is extremely hard. We’re not waiting around for someone to hand us a restaurant, we’re creating our own platform to show the world that we’re a fully functioning team.”

Part of the experiment is a pricing structure that invites diners to pay what they feel the meal was worth. Bone says this approach, which is already popular among pop-up restaurants in the UK and the US, will help them to better understand how to price their menu for an eventual restaurant.

When he and Ellis, who is still at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, reunite to cook this weekend, they’re most excited about the fresh produce that’s available in France. “The produce available in Paris is exquisite, it is a chef’s playground,” says Bone.

Practical Details

When: Saturday March 2 at 7:30pm

Where: Restaurant 17eme Parallele at 17 rue du Colisee, 75008

Price: Matching wines will be priced, but diners will be asked to leave what they feel the food is worth.

How to book: Call Jonathan Bone at 07 87 26 11 30

Previous Coverage of Paris Pop-Ups

Fried chicken on the menu for the first pop-up beer lunch on January 20.

Pop-up brew pub pairs craft beer & comfort food




Fried chicken on the menu for the first pop-up beer lunch on January 20.

Pairing beer with food is an under-appreciated art in France, but cooking enthusiast and avid home brewer Phillip Lamb is looking to change that with a “pop-up brew pub”.  In a new monthly event, he prepares a three-course lunch (entrée, plat, dessert) and chooses an appropriate beer to pair with each course.  The inaugural event, which took place at L’Express de Lyon on January 20th, featured Southern comfort food: chicken liver toasts, fried chicken, and sautéed greens, served with American, German, and Belgian brews.

The next lunch will take place on February 10th, with a Mardi Gras theme and beers from Brooklyn Brewery, location TBD.  30€ buys the full lunch with beer pairings, or it’s 20€ if you just want the grub.

Tickets can be purchased here, and you can keep up with news like menu announcements and schedule changes via their Twitter feed.

From Demory Paris pop-up beer bar (photo Camille Malmquist)

Paris’ First Pop-Up Beer Bar

Founded in 1827, bought out in the 1940s, and closed for good in 1953, Bières Demory already had a long history when Kai Lorch succeeded in resurrecting the brand in 2009. Currently brewed in Germany, Demory’s Astroblonde and Roquette Blanche beers have already gained a certain popularity in Paris. They’re available on tap in several bars and cafés, and in bottles in large supermarket chains such as Monoprix.

In order to increase brand visibility, Demory has more recently launched a pop-up beer bar in Paris. They’ve teamed up with “culture collective” From Paris to open From Demory Paris on the rue Quincampoix – two steps from beer geek paradise La Cave à Bulles. Considering the hip pedigree, it’s a surprisingly laid-back beer hall-type space.

A long bar extends the length of the room, facing a row of whitewashed picnic tables in the front and a couple of cozy couches further in. In back, next to the kitchen, there’s a Foosball table in a room lit by chandeliers. Kind of like a cleaned-up college bar, where beer drinkers over the age of 23 can still feel comfortable.

Obviously, the beers on tap are Demory: the blonde, the blanche, and a dark beer that is only available on tap here, and at a few select cafés in town. A demi costs a pretty standard 3€, and pints come in at a wallet-friendly 5€. They have a few beer cocktails on a chalkboard, but why bother when the beer is so drinkable on its own?

Beyond the beer, there are a few food options, including the “Coney Island Dinner” with a hot dog, bagel, or chili for 5€, and a planche of charcuterie for 15€. From Demory Paris has also been playing host to a number of events such as art expos and DJ nights, and a Christmas market featuring vintage and locally made clothes and accessories.

After January 5th, the pop-up will close for renovations and to reflect upon what they’ve learned from the experience. They hope to reopen a Demory bar in a more permanent capacity 2013, and even have designs on building their own brewery within the Paris city limits.

From Demory Paris
 62 rue Quincampoix, 75004
Open every day through January 5 from 6pm-2am


Kale make its Paris debut

If Kristen Beddard has her way, kale will soon be widely available in Parisian markets and restaurants. The American transplant is working hard to deliver seeds sourced from England to French farmers who are willing to grow them. She’s like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, but with better hair. She’s also recruiting chefs to transform a vegetable that their French clients have experienced only as a decorative plant.

This Thursday, September 20th marks kale’s “official” coming out party at Verjus. Chef Braden Perkins will be using the leafy green (sourced from Terroirs d’Avenir) in a dish for the wine bar. Kristen will be bringing her own composition using kale grown by Joël Thibault.

What’s next for the self-described leader of the Paris “kale army”? After this one-off at Verjus, Kristen wants to inspire more local chefs to try working with kale. She says that Septime, Frenchie and Au Passage have already expressed interest if they could only get their hands on the chewy, curly green. Considering that Terroirs d’Avenir (a produce distributor they all use) has just added kale to their daily ingredient text blasts, the vegetable that Clotilde Dusoulier named “the most elusive ingredient of 2011” may soon be turning up in some of the trendiest restaurants in Paris.

This would make Kristen very happy, indeed. “I didn’t want to just make kale available to me, my husband, and the expat community. I want to fill the white space and introduce French people to this vegetable that’s so popular in America and in the countries surrounding France,” she says. Toward that end, she still has some organic seeds to share with any curious and willing local farmers.

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Salon du Chocolat 4 by Meg Zimbeck

Full (un)Coverage of the 2011 Salon du Chocolat

There isn’t much in the way of free samples at the Salon du Chocolat. Buying a ticket permits little more than the opportunity to buy chocolate once inside. Which we did. Who could resist tasting the wares of so many talented chocolatiers gathered in one (strange) spot?

The best bite of the day, we all agreed, was the Tablette Atlantique from Franck Kestener. The dark chocolate squares, oozing with salty caramel and crunchy shortbread, were quickly devoured by a gang of Barbra Austin, Dorie Greenspan, Molly Wizenberg. I should have bought four more just to get me through the weekend.

The Salon isn’t entirely about shopping. It’s also about sex. Or at least it was in 2011, with the “baroque-burlesque” fashion show  featuring models strutting in chocolate lingerie. Here’s what we took away from the event:

The 2011 Salon du Chocolat fashion show

Our video documenting the all-chocolate lingerie show that featured not one but two prosthetic choco-butt pads…



Who Wore it Butt-er?

Vote for your favorite cocoa prosthesis – matte & classe or glossy & glam…




Chocolate & nipples: a Parisian pairing

Stay abreast of the latest trend in molded candies…




Chocolate nipples from Patrick Roger

Chocolate & nipples: a très Parisian pairing

We’re leaving in just a moment for the Salon du Chocolat and wanted to give you a taste of the chocolate fashion show that we’re hoping to see. Pay particular attention (or skip ahead to) the moment at 2:20 in this video from 2009 when a topless woman is blowing bubbles with her lover on a carriage made of chocolate:

I suppose that we shouldn’t be surprised about the Parisian proclivity for randy chocolate after seeing what turned out to be the city’s most popular gift last Valentine’s Day:

UPDATE: The Salon du Chocolat provided plenty of titilation, including a chocolate lingerie show and this new offering from Jean-Paul Hevin:

Paris by Mouth picnic

Today’s To-Do List: Call dad, come to our picnic

Today is the big day! Join us from 4-7 p.m. along the Canal Saint-Martin, where rue Bichat meets quai de Jemmapes, to help us fete our first birthday. Bring your own edibles and drinkables, or order a pizza from nearby Pink Flamingo to be delivered — they’re offering a free beer with every pie, or 15% off for PbM picnickers.

In case of rain, we’ll have to abandon the picnic, but we’ll be gathering at Pink Flamingo. We’ll keep you posted of all meteorological contingencies via Twitter.

For more information and to RSVP, visit our Facebook page. See you there!


Get OFF for free

Score: the kind people at Omnivore have just provided 10 free passes for us to give away to readers who want to attend their three-day food & wine festival in Deauville (Feb 20-22). More on how to win these tickets below, but first a few words about the festival itself.

Having never attended the Omnivore Food Festival (OFF), I turned to a few local experts to explain what makes this event unique. Here’s a summary of what they said:

Omnivore is Young

It’s the “unmissable rendez-vous for young, creative cuisine,” says French food writer Bruno Verjus, who will be hosting the Omnivore radio program for this year’s festival. The chefs in the spotlight – Sven Chartier (Saturne), Inaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand), and Giovanni Passerini (Rino) – are all still young and unburdened by stars.

Omnivore is International

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s France’s one and only international food festival,” says food writer and Master Chef judge Sébastien Demorand, who will be hosting this year’s salé (savory) demonstrations. Celebrated French chefs like Jean-François Piège and Thierry Marx share equal billing at Omnivore with internationals like Rasmus Kofoed, Juan Mari Arzak, and Magnus Nilsson. Clotilde Dusoulier, the blogger-turned-food-writer (and PbM contributing editor) who will be hosting this year’s sucré (dessert) demonstrations, cited foreigners like Rosio Sanchez (Noma) as highlights on the sweet stage. In short, Omnivore doesn’t limit itself to the hexagon. It’s three-day tour of la planète gastronomie.

Omnivore is Sex?

According to Sophie Brissaud, a prize-winning food writer (and PbM contributing editor), the Omnivore Food Festival is “a terrific collective sex party where everyone gets naked and screws like bunnies while eating pleine mer oysters and drinking Plageoles wines.” She’s probably kidding, but I’m bringing my video camera just in case.

Omnivore is Free

At least for 10 of you, it is. To win a free three-day pass to the Omnivore Food Festival, all you have to do is send an email with your full name to We’ll select the first ten responses and email you with confirmation before next Tuesday. Update: we have our ten winners, thanks for playing!

To learn more about OFF, visit the festival website or see this video report on last year’s event.

Tasting of chevreuil sausage tonight at Spring Boutique

Paris Food & Wine Events February 3-10

Wine Tastings

  • February 3 (Thursday) at Spring Boutique: free tasting of charcuterie made from a chevreuil (deer) that was nabbed by their friend, accompanied by €5 glasses of Cornas. From 6-8pm at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.
  • February 4 (Friday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free “2 1/2 Happy Hours” wine tasting with nibbles from 5-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • February 5 (Saturday) at Les Caves Taillevent: a free wine tasting from 10am-5pm at 199 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008.
  • February 5 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free wine tasting from 11am-7pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Wine Tasting Classes

  • Feburary 4 & 5 (Thursday & Friday) at Spring Restaurant: The “Grand Afternoon Tasting” is a 1.5 hour class in English and will “go over the basics of how to taste wine, introduce you to six different wines from our favorite artisanal producers, and discuss wine and food pairing. Cost: 60€ per person. Classes in the 16th-century cave beneath the restaurant at 6 rue Bailleul (1st) begin at 4pm. More information here.
  • Every Day (but Sunday) at Ô Chateau: wine tasting classes in English ranging from French Wine Introductory (30€) to the Grand Crus Tasting (80€). Classes (except the Champagne river cruise) take place at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec in the 1st.

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Caves at the Chateau de Breze

Paris Food & Wine Events Jan. 28-Feb. 3

Troglodyte Caves below the Chateau de Brézé where the "Roots, Sweet Roots" wine tasting will be held

Special Events

Wine lovers from all over the world are heading to the Loire Valley this week for some very impressive tastings. Check the SNCF site for travel times and ticket prices.

  • January 30 – February 1st (Sunday-Tuesday) at the Parc des Expositions in Angers: The Salon des Vins de Loire is a massive trade fair that features 600+ winemakers and draws more than 8500 visitors per year. The Salon is reserved for wine professionals only, as is the Renaissance tasting at Greniers Saint Jean and a host of others, but this next one is open to the public…
  • January 30 & 31(Sunday & Monday) at the Château de BrézéLa Dive Bouteille is hosting the “Roots, Sweet Roots” tasting down in the Troglodyte caves at the Château (dress warmly). Hundreds of the country’s most well-regarded winemakers will be pouring (the full list here). Admission is 10€, and shuttles will be running between the Château and the train station at Saumur (10km). Sunday from 2-7pm and Monday from 10am-6pm.

Free Wine Tastings

  • January 28 (Friday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free “2 1/2 Happy Hours” wine tasting with nibbles from 5-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • January 29 (Saturday) at Les Caves Taillevent: a free wine tasting from 10am-5pm at 199 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008.
  • January 29 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free wine tasting from 11am-7pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Wine Tasting Classes

  • January 27 & 28 (Thursday & Friday) at Spring Restaurant: The “Grand Afternoon Tasting” is a 1.5 hour class in English and will “go over the basics of how to taste wine, introduce you to six different wines from our favorite artisanal producers, and discuss wine and food pairing. Cost: 60€ per person. Classes in the 16th-century cave beneath the restaurant at 6 rue Bailleul (1st) begin at 4pm. More information here.
  • Every Day (but Sunday) at Ô Chateau: wine tasting classes in English ranging from French Wine Introductory (30€) to the Grand Crus Tasting (80€). Classes (except the Champagne river cruise) take place at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec in the 1st.

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Paris Food & Wine Events January 14-20

Special Dinners

  • January 17 (Saturday) at Les Grand Tables du 104: For their 100% Fish event, Omnivore has recruited two chefs from the coast for a pisci-demonstration and tasting. The €35 price includes dinner and a glass of natural wine (additional bottles start at €15). 8:30pm at 5 rue Curial, 75019.

Free Wine Tastings

  • January 14 (Friday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free “2 1/2 Happy Hours” wine tasting with nibbles from 5-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • January 15 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free tasting of wine from 11am-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Wine Tasting Classes

  • January 20 (Thursday) at Spring Restaurant: The “Grand Afternoon Tasting” is a 1.5 hour class in English and will “go over the basics of how to taste wine, introduce you to six different wines from our favorite artisanal producers, and discuss wine and food pairing – with some ‘hands-on’ practice. Cost: 60€ per person. Classes in the 16th-century cave beneath the restaurant at 6 rue Bailleul (1st) will begin at 4pm. More information here.
  • Every Day (but Sunday) at Ô Chateau: wine tasting classes in English ranging from French Wine Introductory (30€) to the Grand Crus Tasting (80€). Classes (except the Champagne river cruise) take place at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec in the 1st.

Looking Ahead

  • January 23 (Sunday) at Hidden Kitchen: In a break from the normal ten-course dinner format (twice-weekly affairs that are already booked through the end of March) Braden Perkins will be working with friend/guest chef Nicolas Calcott to prepare an eight-course tasting menu of refined Szechwan cuisine. The 70€ price includes an aperitif and wines paired by Juan Sanchez of La Dernière Goutte. To book, email The central Paris location will be revealed by email after confirmation of your reservation.
  • January 22-24 (Saturday-Monday) at Paris-Villepinte Expo Center: The Paris ds Chefs event comprises three days of discussion between chefs and design folk (architects, photographers, visual artists…), all for the purpose of trying to explain marble décor of Le Dauphin. Ok, that’s a lie. They’re really gathering for 20 hour-long debates about “the visible and the invisible.” Entry for a single day, which would never be enough, is €20. Better to spend €30 and get all three days/20 hours.

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Les Papilles tasting

Paris food & wine events for the weekend of December 17-19

Book Reading & Signing

  • December 18 (Saturday) at Spring Boutique: contributing editor Alexander Lobrano will be hanging out, sipping Champagne and signing/selling copies of the new edition of his must-have guide to Paris restaurants (Hungry for Paris). The reading will begin around 5pm but the festivities will continue until 8pm at 52 Rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.

Free Wine Tastings

  • December 18 (Friday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free “2 1/2 Happy Hours” tasting with wine and chutney from Clothilde from 5-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • December 18 (Saturday) at Les Caves Augé: A free tasting among “Vignerons de Champagne”, including Didier Gimonnet, Jérôme Prevost, Olivier Collin, Michel Drappier, Larmandier Bernier, Vouette et Sorbée, Anselme Selosse, Egly Ouriet, Lassaigne, Beaufort, Horiot, Jacquesson. From 11am-7pm at 16 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008.

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André Ostertag and Drew Harré at La Derniere Goutte

Paris food & wine events for the weekend of December 10-12


Free Wine Tastings

  • December 10 (Friday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free “2 1/2 Happy Hours” tasting with wine and cheese from 5-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • December 11 (Saturday) at Les Caves Taillevent: a free tasting of suggested holiday wines, “Noël provençal: quels vins pour le sublimer?” From 10am-5pm at 199 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008.
  • December 11 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free tasting with Isabelle Champart from Mas Champart (Saint-Chinian), Jean Gardiés (Cotes du Roussillon Villages) and Champagne maker Franck Pascal, who will be pouring the prize-winning Sagesse Brut Nature and other bubbles. From 11am-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Paid Wine Tastings

  • December 10-11 (Friday & Saturday) at the Carrousel du Louvre: Le Grand Tasting, a two-day tasting event hosted by Bettane & Desseauve and featuring winemakers from all over France, including many top producers from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne (consult list here). The price of entry is €20 for one day and €25 for both days and includes a Riedel wine glass for tasting. From 10:30am-8:30pm on Friday and 10:30am-7:30pm on Saturday at 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001.

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Paris wine tastings for the weekend of December 3-5

Free (or really cheap) Wine Tastings in Paris

  • December 3 (Friday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free “Happy Hour” tasting with winemaker Julien Labat (Jura) accompanied by a good Comté from the same region. From 4:30-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • December 4 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: a free tasting with three different winemakers from 11am-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.
  • December 4 (Saturday) at La Cave du Moulin Vieux: a free tasting of Champagnes from the Masion Roederer with Bruno Fritsch. From 10am-8pm at 4 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013.
  • December 4 (Saturday) at Les Caves Taillevent: a free tasting of two different whites, “Avec le poisson: Sauvignon du Sancerrois ou Chardonnay de Côte d’Or?” From 10am-7pm at 199 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008.
  • December 4-5 (Saturday & Sunday) at Le Comptoir Général: it’s Festivin, a two day celebration of wine sponsored by Le Vin en Tête (€5). Tastings in the presence of more than 50 winemakers, with food provided by Tartes Kluger and the wine bars Oh Bigre! and le Garde Robe. Workshops offering tastings of wine & chocolate or wine & foie gras. There’s even a cabaret performance from 3-4pm and jazz from 7-8pm on Saturday night. From 11am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-7pm on Sunday at 80 quai de Jemmapes, 75010.
  • December 5 (Sunday) at Les Caves Augé: A free tasting of “Maisons Traditionelles de Champagne”, including Billecart Salmon, Krug, Roederer, Veuve Clicquot, Deutz, Taittinger, Bollinger, Jacquesson, Dom Pérignon, Laurent Perrier, Moêt & Chandon, Joseph Perrier, & Pommery. From 11am-7pm at 16 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008.

For more food and wine happenings, check out our calendar of events.


C’est (almost) arrivée: Beaujolais Nouveau to hit Paris on Thursday, November 18

The annual festival of barely-fermented wine is almost upon us, so we’ve rounded up a few ideas to help you get your headache on.

Les Caves Augé


Free dégustation of Vins Nouveaux direct from the barrel, “ni filtré, ni collé, ni sulfité…” Winemakers to include Mas de l’Anglore, Chassorney, Morentin, Foillard, Foulards Rouges.

Les Caves Augé – 116 boulevard Haussmann, 75008

Spring Boutique + Le Garde Robe


The wine bar and the wine shop have teamed up to throw what will undoubtedly be the best Beaujolais party in town. According to Spring, winemaker Jean-Claude Lapalu will be “coming from the Beaujolais with a barrel of zero sulfite gamay, a funnel, 25 cases of empty bottles, and a corking machine. We’ll have the soup and the saucisson.” Our advice: get there early if you want a taste of soup, buy your own bottle so that you don’t wait in line at the bar, and be ready to dance in the street between the two locations.

Le Garde Robe – 41 rue l’Arbre Sec, 75001
Spring Boutique – 52 rue l’Arbre Sec, 75001

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Spring Boutique by Meg Zimbeck

Paris Wine Tastings July 8-14

Spring Boutique by Meg ZimbeckFree Tastings

  • July 10 (Saturday) at Caves Augé: “Bulle” tasting featuring sparkling wines and ciders, excluding Champagne, from all over France (free). Last big tasting at Augé this season. From 11am-7pm at 116 boulevard Haussmann, 75008.
  • June 10 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: Tasting with winemaker Stéphane Robert: Cornas, St Joseph and St Peray.  From 11am-7:30pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Paid Tastings, Classes & Wine Events

  • July 8 (Thursday) at Spring Boutique: Tasting of four wines –  €5 for two six ounce glasses or €10 for all four glasses. From 5-9 pm at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.
  • July 9 (Friday) at Spring Boutique: Tasting of four wines –  €5 for two six ounce glasses or €10 for all four glasses. From 5-9 pm at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.
  • July 10 (Saturday) at Spring Boutique: Tasting of four wines –  €5 for two six ounce glasses or €10 for all four glasses. From 5-9 pm at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.
  • July 10 (Saturday) at Ô Chateau: Wine and cheese lunch at 12pm (€75) at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.

Looking for something later on? Check our full list of Paris Wine Tastings.

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Cupcake Camp

Cupcake Camp Comes to Paris

Cupcake CampFollowing similar events in New York, San Francisco and other cities, Paris will be hosting its very own Cupcake Camp this week on July 4.

What’s a Cupcake Camp? An excuse to gorge yourself on sprinkles, basically. Local cupcake makers including Berko, Synie’s Cupcakes, Chloé S., Cupcakes & Co., and Little Miss Cupcake will be sharing sweets and baking tips, and participants will be tasting and voting for the winning cupcakes in categories like Most Patriotic cupcake, Cupcake with the Most Unusual Ingredient, etc.

There’s a €10 entry fee that covers the cupcakes and a beverage, and a portion of each entry will benefit the charity Rebuilding Haiti Now.

When: Sunday, July 4 from 4:30-6:30pm

Where: Bistrot Vivienne, 4 rue des Petits Champs 75002 Paris

Read more about Cupcake Camp here, and more about the cupcake trend from Amy Thomas at the Girls’ Guide to Paris

Wine tastings in Paris

Paris Wine Tastings July 1-7

Wine tastings in ParisFree Tastings

  • July 3 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: Tasting of Côte Rôtie with winemaker Stéphane Ogier. Before the tasting, be sure to watch this fun video from David Turecamo that profiles the character of both Ogier and his wine. From 11am-7pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Paid Tastings, Classes & Wine Events

  • July 1 (Thursday) at Spring Boutique: Tasting of four “picnic” wines: Sorelle Bronca Prosecco, Colin Morey St Aubin Blanc, Vacheron Sancerre Rose, Clusel Coteaux Lyonnais.  €5 for two six ounce glasses or €10 for all four glasses. From 5-9pm at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.

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Soiree du Petit Thouars

Paris Wine Tastings: June 24-30

Spring Boutique by Meg ZimbeckFree Tastings

  • June 24 (Thursday) at Les Taulières: tasting of two Cabernet Francs from the Château du Petit Thouars (selection 2009 and reserve 2008) from 7pm. Later on, Sébastian du Petit Thouars (winemaker/DJ) will be spinning a special Cab Franc-inspired mix of music from 9pm to 1:30am at 10 rue de la Fontaine du But, 75018.
  • June 26 (Saturday) at La Cave des Papilles: Tasting featuring wines from Domaine Nicolas Rousset à Prissé (Macon Prissé 2009), Domaine Alexandre Jouveaux à Uchizy (Vin de Table le Mont 2008), Domaine Karim Vionnet à Villié Morgon (Beaujolais Villages 2009) and Chiroubles “Vin de Kav” 2008. From 11am-7pm at 116 boulevard Haussmann, 75008. From 4pm at 35 rue Daguerre, 75014.
  • June 26 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: Regional wine tasting accompanied by cheeses and bread from Cosi. From 11am-7pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

Paid Tastings, Classes & Wine Events

  • June 24 (Thursday) at Spring Boutique: Tasting of four wines: a 2005 sparkling Vouvray from the Domaine Huet, a 2008 Luxembourgois Moselle (La Chapelle) from Alice Hartmann, a 2002 Lebanese Val de Bekaa (Hochar) from Chateau Musar, and a 2008 Saumur Champigny from Antoine Sanzay.  €5 for two six ounce glasses or €10 for all four glasses. From 5-9pm at 52 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.

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Paris Wine Tastings June 10-16

Wine tasting at la Derniere Goutte by Phyllis FlickFree Tastings

  • June 10 (Thursday) at Le Garde Robe: tasting with winemaker Arnaud Combier. 41 rue de l’Arbre Sec, 75001.
  • June 11 (Friday) at La Cave du Moulin Vieux: tasting biodynamic Côte de Beaune with the winemaker from Domaine Jean Claude Rateau. From 5pm at 4 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013.
  • June 12 (Saturday) at La Cave du Moulin Vieux: tasting biodynamic Alsace Grand Cru with the winemaker from Domaine Sylvie Spielmann. From 10am-8pm at 4 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013.
  • June 12 (Saturday) at Cave Balthazar: tasting Châteauneuf du Pape 2008 “vieilles vignes” domaine de la Janasse and Bouzeron 2008 d’Aubert de Villaine. From 10am-1pm and from 4:30-8:30pm at 16 rue Jules Guesde, 75014.
  • June 12 (Saturday) at La Dernière Goutte: Tasting of Basque whites – Jurançon Sec Cuvée Marie (Domaine Hours) 2008 et 2005 and Irouleguy Hegoxuri (Domaine Arretxea) 2008. Served with Basque cheeses and bread from Cosi. From 11am-7pm at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, 75006.

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Eat the Stars. Be the Star.

Michel Roux Junior via WikipediaA London-based production company is looking for diners to take part in a new television show fronted by Michel Roux Junior, who will be bringing seven trainees over from London to see how they cope with the formal dining service at the Michelin 2* restaurant Lasserre. Are you free for lunch on Tuesday June 15 at 13:00?

Participants must speak some French (to understand the menu and servers) and enough English to be able to share their opinions on camera. They must also be willing to pay €40 per head for a set 3-course lunch, excluding drinks. The normal lunch menu at Lasserre is €75.

If you’re ready for your close up, contact Mel Walden ( and be sure to say that you learned about the experience through Paris by Mouth.

Trusted Reviews of Lasserre

  • “Lasserre is a historical monument of a restaurant… and it still is today a solid institution, who not only keeps its standing but also has loyal regular clients. From the moment you step in, you know they take French art de vivre seriously in here.” – Julot: Ze Blog
  • “Once I entered the restaurant, from my warm reception from the doorman before being whisked up in the little elevator to my friendly goodbye from the same gentleman, it was a surreal experience. But a nice one. I was in another world. One of pastel pinks and coral colours, silver peacocks, gilded crystal cups, duck à l’orange, dancing figures, live piano music and roofs that opened. It was not like any restaurant I had ever eaten in and possibly never will again.” – Food Snob

Wine Tastings in Paris (June 2-9)

Wine tastings in Paris

Free Tastings

  • June 4 (Friday) at Le Vin en Tête Saint-Placide: Tasting Côtes de Duras with the winemaker from Chateau Haut-Lavigne (free). From 6:30-9pm at 53 rue Saint-Placide, 75006.
  • June 5 (Saturday) at Caves Augé: “Wonder Women” tasting, featuring female winemakers from all over France (free). From 11am-7pm at 116 boulevard Haussmann, 75008.
  • June 5 (Saturday) at Le Vin en Tête Batignolles: Tasting Côtes de Duras with the winemaker from Chateau Haut-Lavigne (free). From 4-9pm at 30 rue des Batignolles, 75017.
  • June 5 (Saturday) at Le Vin en Tête Saint-Placide: Inauguration party to celebrate the opening of this new location. Tastings with many different winemakers (free). From 10am-9pm at 53 rue Saint-Placide, 75006.

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Today in Paris: burger party on the banks of the Seine with 3* chef Yannick Alléno

Street Food Soiree Philippe NeumagerWhen: June 1st from 6pm-2am

WhereBatofar, Quai Francois Mauriac, 75013 (map)

What: Chef Yannick Alléno (Le Meurice) will be cooking up burgers on the banks of the Seine. As reported earlier by Phyllis Flick, Alléno’s beef – both chuck and rib – will be supplied by Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec from the renowned butchershop Le Couteau d’Argent in Asnières. Also on offer: veggie burgers and Zubrowka bison grass vodka from Gontran Cherrier, a duck burger from Romuald Sanfourch, and a dessert burger from Christophe Adam (Fauchon). Prices start at €6. This is the first in a series of “street food soirées” that will take place throughout the summer.

For more events like this, see our list of Paris Salons & Festivals