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. While you're in the City of Food immerse yourself in the culture — and a Paris wine tasting just may be the perfect way to begin.
The world-famous sparkling wine, champagne, is the aperitif of choice and the national drink for celebrating. So when you're in France, forgo the trendy 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 a couple of hours. 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 different wine tasting sessions. 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. With hundreds of 5-star reviews, this is one not to miss.
On a narrow backstreet of the Latin Quarter, just behind the Roman amphitheater (yes, there is one in Paris) is a hidden wine tasting room where a sommelier will guide you through a tasting of six of the country's most famous wines from renowned wine regions like Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, and Champagne. You'll leave the two-hour class more confident about French wines, even if you're a beginner, and take with you a small guide to French wine. Lauded with lots of 5-star reviews.
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.
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.
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Perhaps the best place for a champagne-only 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 champagne tasting options as well — a flight of three champagnes, meetings with winemakers, workshops. It's another unique offering in Paris with a great location in Saint-Germain.
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