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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.

Paris by Mouth welcomes Patricia Wells

The first cookbook I ever used (but not the first I ever owned) was written by Patricia Wells. I still own this sauce-stained copy of Trattoria and remember our first collaboration: penne all’Arrabiata, cooked for a boy during my senior year of college. Because it turned out well (the pasta, not the affair), Patricia Wells became my hero.

That affection was compounded when I later moved to Paris and began abusing a borrowed copy (thanks, Jennifer) of The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris. I relied on Wells’ website fordining recommendations and flipped furtively under restaurant tables through her French/English food glossary.

More recently, when I learned that Patricia Wells had started blogging, I went out on a (very long) limb and invited her to be part of Paris by Mouth. I didn’t actually expect her to respond to me, a girl who was devoted to SpaghettiOs during the same period that Wells was serving as the first (and only) American food critic to a major French publication.

But she said yes.

Patricia Wells is now the 12th (and final) Contributing Editor to Paris by Mouth. I think I’m going to celebrate tonight by making something delicious from Trattoria and by drinking something strong (I’m still in shock).

You can read more about Wells on her PbM profile and her own website.

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.

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
  • Eggs & Co.

    Practical information

    Address: 11 rue Bernard Palissy, 75006
    Nearest transport: St. Germain-des-Pres (4)
    Hours: Open every day from 10am-6pm
    Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
    Telephone: 01 45 44 02 52
    Average price for lunch: 10-19€
    Style of cuisine: Eggs, classic French, vegetarian options

    Reviews of interest

    Le Figaro (2009) “… des œufs sous toutes leurs formes: mollets, brouillés, au plat…il ne reste plus qu’à choisir le fond, la façon de les accommoder: herbes, jambon, fromages, champignons, au total ­29 possibilités…”

    Food & Wine (2008) “… cozy two- story shrine to eggs in St.-Germain-des-Prés…”

    Photo courtesy of Eggs & Co.’s Facebook Page

    Les Fines Gueules

    On a lovely corner near the Place des Victoires, Les Fines Gueules serves quality product in simple-but-good preparations. One of the best hand cut steak tartares in the city. The wine list is overwhelmingly natural, and there’s a handful of tables outside for sipping on the sidewalk on warm summer nights. Warning: many readers have raised concerns about the service (see comments below).

    – Meg Zimbeck, 2013

    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.

    Paris by Mouth launches with a party at Spring Boutique

    Before launching at 5:00 this morning, the PbM crew celebrated the new website with a few hundred glasses at Spring Boutique.

    All photos by Nicolas Calcott

    LowResolution_img_2972The crowd at Spring Boutique spills out onto the sidewalk

    LowResolution_img_2844Drew Harré and Daniel Rose

    LowResolution_img_2942 Clotilde Dusoulier, Laura Adrian and Ellise Pierce

    LowResolution_img_2849Phyllis Flick

    LowResolution_img_2559Christophe Wakim (and girlfriend Oanèse) in the spotlight

    LowResolution_img_2672Elisabeth Fourmont, David LebovitzMeg Zimbeck and Daniel Rose

    LowResolution_img_2883Bruno Verjus, chasing the good stuff.

    LowResolution_img_2880 Barbra Austin and Bertrand Celce

    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.