Charles de Gaulle is famous for complaining that it was impossible to govern a country with deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage —246 kinds of cheese.
Today there are probably more like one thousand cheeses made in France, and the country is no more easily governed than it was under de Gaulle!
All those cheeses made throughout the country eventually find their way to Paris, which is why there are over 250 fromageries in the city.
Parisians love cheese and it's a standard course in most meals. "A meal without cheese is like Christmas with oysters!", they might well exclaim.
Get inside the Paris food culture by joining a wine and cheese workshop or private tasting during your visit to the City of Food! Here are offerings from our cheese platter.
Go deep into the Paris food scene and join our Master Cheese Affineur in his restaurant for an afternoon of tasting and sipping.
M. Le Affineur guides you through each of the seven cheeses and the region they come from. While sampling you also drink the beverage typical of the region – wine, beer or cider. There is a minimum of two people for this tasting.
This is a great way to get inside of Paris life and food — a wine and cheese tasting in the apartment of a trained oenologist (wine maker).
We've participated in events like this and have always had a great time while learning a lot. You sample and learn about four wines, learn how to taste wine and explore the art of wine and cheese pairing.
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Go the distance and spend ninety minutes at a wine tasting and sit-down lunch at one of the best wine tasting rooms in Paris.
It's a fun and different way to have a meal in Paris. Arrive at noon to the 17th century wine cellar near the Louvre and taste six different wines from six different wine regions of France. You learn about each wine and about the food that's served with it – regional cheeses and meats from all over France.
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