France is the ultimate destination for a wine lover. You can spend your time enjoying wine on the terraces of restaurants or by joining some tastings, whatever it is, the wine is sure not to disappoint. Fortunately, Paris has great options for “cavistes”. These are the people who have notable wine collections and who work as a small to medium scale wine merchant. It is no doubt that when you are in Paris, you will be trying a variety of French wines from different regions. You can enjoy great wines in restaurants, at a picnic or cozily at your hotel room. For you to have the best experiences possible, here is INSIDR’s selection of the best independent wine shops in Paris!
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1.MA CAVE FLEURY
Ma Cave Fleury is a family owned wine shop and bar in the Les Halles neighborhood in Paris. The shop is best known for its own organic and biodynamic Champagne production. Along with an extensive Champagne collection, they also have a very well selected red and white wine menu. You will be able to enjoy many different tastes and grape varieties from all over France. All Champagne on the menu is available by the glass which gives you a great chance to have a little tasting on your own. You can also buy whatever you like from the menu if you want to take it home!
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At Ma Cave Fleury, Morgane creates a very welcoming ambiance and she makes sure you enjoy your time and also your wine! The setting is very quaint and cozy both inside and outside of the shop. Along with your wine, you can order bite-size snacks, cheese or cold meat cuts too. Especially if you are looking forward to tasting organic and biodynamic wines, this is the place to visit!
Address: 177 Rue Saint Denis
Phone: +33 1 40 28 03 39
Open: Except Sundays
Instagram: Ma Cave Fleury
2. LES PETITS DOMAINES
Les Petits Domaines is a central wine shop located only a few minutes away from the Eiffel Tower. Along with local, organic and biodynamic wines in their collection; they have a very interesting selection of whiskeys from all over the world. The owner Isabelle carefully selects the wines for the shop, it is almost impossible to find them in supermarkets. The wines come from passionate producers of France, producing natural, biodynamic or organic wine. According to your preference and liking, Isabelle will recommend what wine you should drink!
If you want to go further with your wine experience, you might want to join one of their tastings. Each Saturday, there is a different theme or a region they focus on. After a visit to the Eiffel Tower early on Saturday, you can stop at Les Petits Domaines to learn more about local French wines and enjoy a pleasant tasting with the amazing knowledge of Isabelle!
Address: 208, Rue de Grenelle
Phone: 33 0174 303 816
Open: Everyday – late on Mondays
Instagram: Les Petits Domaines
3. CAVES DE PASSY
If you enjoy drinking sparkling wine and are a little bit curious to know how it is produced, you’ve probably heard of the Charmat method. The Charmat method is a production technique used for sparkling wines. It was invented in 1907 by Eugene Charmat who was a French agricultural engineer. Most Prosecco producers still adhere to this technique today. Philippe, Caves de Passy’s owner, is no less, than the inventor’s grandson. Wine knowledge runs in the family! He opened this cellar-shop in the ’80s and it is still going strong! Since Philippe has grown up in the wine business, he will surely help you build up your wine skills and guide you to pick the right bottle.
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He regularly attends professional wine tasting sessions throughout Paris and this results in a carefully crafted “off the beaten track” wine selection. Of course, Philippe also has some famous Bordeaux and Burgundy bottles as well as many high-quality varieties of whiskey, gin and other types of spirits. Don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Philippe, he might organize an impromptu tasting!
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Address: 3, Rue Duban
Phone: +33 0142 88 85 56
Open: Except Mondays
Instagram: Caves de Passy
4. JULHÈS PARIS
Julhès is an eclectic specialty food and wine shop – which is known as épicerie in French. There are different locations all over Paris focusing on different themes including cheese, charcuterie, pastry, chocolate, appetizers, tapas, spices, tea and of course wine and spirits. Each shop will offer you an intriguing gastronomic experience for you in Paris. There are many different types of products available in terms of wine and spirits in each location. Including Millésime Champagnes, renowned whiskeys by small producers from France and also wines from different countries can be found at Julhès.
In each shop, you will find something exquisite to taste and discover. Especially if you are a traveler in Paris, this shop might give great insight into French gastronomy with all their quality products from cheese to chocolate. In order to attend the tastings and wine pairing workshops, just check their schedule or ask the upcoming programs when you are at the shop.
Address: 54-59 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis
129 boulevard Voltaire
59 rue du Faubourg Saint Martin
28 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
Phone: +33 144 83 96 30
Instagram: Julhès Paris
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