The Best Wine Bars & Shops of Paris
Fifty charming and notable cavistes
By Pierrick Jégu
Photographs by Caroline Rose
"…the good Paris wine bars, wine-oriented bistros or wine shops…are the best places to sample the delicious discoveries coming from every corner of the hexagon and to find out what's really happening on the French wine scene."—The International Herald Tribune
The Parisian wine scene—once so traditional and unchanging—has undergone an "amazing blossoming," run with verve and imagination by a young generation of up-and-coming cavistes. Yes, you'll still find dusty shops with creaky wooden floorboards and old casks that deserve to be on the "must see" list, but any serious or casual oenophile will want to know about the hip newcomers operating the new stylish venues. The Best Wine Bars & Shops of Paris profiles fifty of the most charming and reputable cavistes (as well as short descriptions of 28 additional worthwhile shops and wine bars).
The newcomers have changed the scene by feeling free to express very personal points of view. None seem to feel they have to stock a panorama of all French wines; some focus on organic wines or lesser-known releases, those from sought-after microclimates or from one region. Many offer inventive light meals and small plates, so if you want to uncork your bottle on the spot, you can do so in a congenial atmosphere, accompanied by delicious snacks.
Throughout, the author recommends the most intriguing and delicious bottles on sale, and points out the distinctive characteristics of each shop or wine bar.
About the Author
Pierrick Jégu is also the author of Paris en Bouteille. He is a frequent contributor forL'Express and a guest critic for Zurban, a weekly guide to Paris.
About the Photographer
Caroline Rose's photographs have appeared in many books, including Notre Dame de Paris and Churches of Rome.