While you're in the City of Food immerse yourself in the culture, and a Paris wine tasting is the perfect way to begin. To be in Paris is to be in the center of the best French wine, because all roads from the wine country of France lead to the capital.
The famous sparkling wine, champagne, is the aperitif of choice and the national drink for celebrating, so when you're in France, forgo the cocktail for a glass of bubbly before dinner. And there are plenty of great places to drink champagne in Paris. An easy way to learn more about these French specialties is to sign up for a wine tasting in Paris or – our personal favorite – a day tour of the Champagne Region where, for a full day you sample the bounty of the country.
These fun and informal wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory in an hour or two. The professional French sommeliers (who speak English) deliver an extensive tasting of award-winning wines – from Champagne to Sancerre, Bordeaux to Burgundy, Alsace to Rhone – in a wine bar steps away from the Louvre.
Choose between four wine tasting sessions, from a one-hour French Wine 101 class, to a more elaborate and longer session that will have you tasting Grands Crus along with delicious French cheese, baguette and charcuterie. You learn how to pair French wine with food, how to decipher a French wine label and how to distinguish the notable characteristics of fine French wine & champagne. We've done this, had a great time, and the sommelier was fantastic.
This was a lot of fun and a great way to start a trip in France. We learned so much about french wine. The wine and champagne were great paired with the cheeses and charcuterie! Our host was so gracious and made the whole experience that much better."
– 5-Star Review
Enjoy a glass of bubbly (or three or five) as you spend the day exploring the regions of Champagne, just an hour outside Paris. With its world-class vineyards, rolling hills, fascinating history and prestigious champagne houses, a visit to this region makes for a fantastic day trip. This personal service is wonderful — you are picked up at your hotel and sped to the city of Reims in the heart of Champagne.
You ride through the stunning landscape of gentle hills and endless vineyards, visiting producers of champagne, taste the best of the wines, and visit the ancient limestone cellars. You also hear about how the grapes are grown and the wine is blended. And you sample, sample, sample. Here's a link to our favorite Champagne Region day trip from Paris —
Wonderful day trip from Paris. Our tour guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. The drive through the French countryside was serene and enjoyable. The cathedral was majestic and humbling. The tour through Moet and Chandon cellars was fun and informative. The lunch was authentic French cuisine. It was amazing! The actual tour of the vineyards was fascinating, especially to an avid gardener. The tour of the Champagne G. Brunot cellar was intimate with fascinating details of a vintner's life and delicious champagne samplings."
– 5-Star Review
Snap quiz! What goes perfectly with French wine? If you answered French cheeses you're not only correct, you also have to chance to taste them both together in this excellent cheese tasting and wine pairing that takes place in the affinagerie — the cheese-aging cellar — of a fromagerie in Paris.
This is a unique experience and it all happens in a cheese shop in the Marais. You see the large rounds of cheeses — Gruyere, Comté, Camembert — maturing in a temperature-controlled environment. After you learn all the amazing facts about French cheese, it's time to learn about how to pair wines with some of the best cheeses.
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Paris. Located in a nice neighborhood with lots of shops and cafes, the cheese shop was easy to find and the cellar is just beneath the shop. Pierre, who leads the tasting, was very knowledgable, generous and made the experience worthwhile. It was educational and fun and we left appreciating cheese in a whole new way. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves cheese and wine."
– 5-Star Review
This wine and champagne tasting takes place in a beautifully renovated cellar in central Paris. The two-hour session introduces you to the six major wine regions of France, including Champagne. (The others are the Rhone, Sancerre, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Alsace.)
You can choose to have the wine tasting on its own, or to include a cheese and charcuterie platter (that's what we recommend). The cellar makes for a convivial atmosphere
Loved everything about this. Underground cellar experience, very knowledgeable sommelier, expect some really good jokes and laughter all around as well together with great wine."
– 5-Star Review
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Perhaps the best place for a champagne tasting in Paris is at Dilettantes, a one-of-a-kind champagne cellar founded to promote the champagnes of small, family-owned, grower-produced champagne, stuff that you won't find back home. In fact, founder Fannie Heucq comes from a family of champagne producers.
You can shop for champagne in their street-level store, but the real action takes place in the cellar where you taste the champagnes of the week, for a small fee. You can also book a tasting of a flight of champagnes. There are other champagen tasting options as well — a flight of three champagnes, meetings with winemakers, workshops. It's another unique offering in Paris with a nice location in Saint-Germain.
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