Tag Archives | Paris

”What is there to do in Paris?”

Someone asked us that question the other day so we sat down and wrote an email with a list. It ended up being a selection of all sorts of things: restaurants, wine bars, wine shops, museums, places to visit (don’t miss the Marché aligre!)… Then it struck us that perhaps that list could be interesting […]

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An enjoyable trip to Paris – some recommendations

Someone recently asked us the question: Do you have any good recommendations for Paris? Restaurants that are good but not necessarily luxurious, nice place to visit, museums that one might not think of…? We should, shouldn’t we? So we sat down and gave it a thought. Since the people who asked the question would be […]

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Lavinia, vins fragiles

Lavinia opens new shop in Paris

It is not an exaggeration to say that Lavinia has revolutionised the wine shop scene in Paris. Their wine shop is very centrally located, close to Place de la Madeleine. There you can find 6000 wines and spirits (for comparison, three times as many as the Swedish monopoly Systembolaget offers). The shop extends over three […]

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Food photography festival in Paris 29 Oct – 14 Nov

The International Festival of Culinary Photography (Festival International de la Photographie Culinaire) will take place for the second year in a row in Paris between Oct 29 and Nov 14. This year’s theme is “I went down in my garden”. Definitely and interesting destination if you happen to be in Paris in the coming weeks! […]

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Wine in Paris – BKWine in Frommer’s

Frommer’s is one of the world’s biggest publishers of travel literature. On their web site they recently published an article on wine in Paris: where to buy wine, where to taste, and what wine bars to go to. The article was written by the internationally well know travel writer Jacquelin Carnegie (read about her on: […]

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Le Vin Chai Moi, Paris 1 – BKWine Pick

Luc Menier is the sommelier and Sébastien Farré is the chef. Born and raised in the same village, in Chinon in the Loire Valley. Now they are both at the cleverly named and very nice restaurant Vin Chai Moi, just off Place de la Madeleine. They used to have a restaurant in the 20th arrondisement […]

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Pinxo, Paris 1 – BKWine Pick

Pinxo is run by Alain Dutornier from the Michelin-starred restaurant Carré des Feuillant, just a few blocks away. The decoration is very Spartan with a Japanese touch. The first thing that strikes you with the food is the presentation: very modern, very slick and it too more than a hint oriental. Choose e.g. the mi-cuit […]

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L’Auberge Etchegorry, Paris 13 – BKWine Pick

The name is genuinely Basque (a region that covers bits of south-western France as well as northern Spain) but the restaurant proposes gastronomic specialities from all of the French Sud-Ouest (south west). Let yourself be tempted by a traditional (and delicious) confit de canard – a succulent duck’s leg cooked very tender, or a paella […]

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The great tasting in Paris…

Le Grand Tasting they call it… It is a big wine fair and, yes, tasting that is open to both the public and professionals and will take place this year on November 21 and 22 at the Caroussel du Louvre in Paris. Numerous quality wine producers from all over France will participate and this year […]

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Restaurant Sorza, Paris 4 | BKWine Pick

Strolling along the river on the Ile Saint-Louis is something that both tourists and Parisians love to do. A relatively new restaurant on the main street (almost the only street…) is Sorza. It is not big and it fills up quickly so booking is recommended. The walls are red and the tables are black and […]

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Malbec wine from Paris!

The long established vineyard Clos Montmartre in Paris, just behind Sacre Coeur, must now face new competition. It is the Bretonneau hospital in the 18th arrondisment that has launched its first vintage of Clos Bretonneau. Three years ago they planted 125 Malbec vines and at the end of May the first vintage, the 2007 were […]

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Restaurant Le Taste Monde, Paris 8 | BKWine Pick

A new TasteMonde has opened next to Place de la Madeleine. Their first restaurant opened several years ago in Issy-les-Moulineaux but now they’ve opened a second location more centrally. Unusual for Paris restaurants the focus is on non-French wines (although they do have some champagne too). And quite an extensive selection too. The cooking is […]

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Cash in on your old bottles

Parisians in need of cash can now go to the pawn shop and leave their wines. Crédit Municipal de Paris, who opened shop for wine deposits recently, received wine valued at €45,000 in the first 48 hours. Someone came with an old bottle of Bollinger champagne (€1000), another person with a 1961 Pétrus (part of […]

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Racine, Paris 2 | BKWine Pick

A small wine bar in one of the old ‘passages’ (indoor shopping gallery) close to the big boulevards. The peculiarity with this wine bar is that all wines are organic, many are even biodynamic and most are made entirely without sulphur (unusual). In other words, very interesting wines and sometimes also very good. But sometimes […]

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”Le Grand Tasting” in Paris 30 November to 1 December

“Le Grand Tasting” (in bizarre Frenglish) is the name of another wine fair in Paris. They present a more modest, but still large, number of more specifically quality oriented producers. But all is of course a matter of taste. This wine fair is organised by two ex-Revue des Vin de France journalists, Michel Bettane and […]

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Midi Vins, Paris 6 | BKWine Pick

Newly opened wine bar and bistro in a renovated traditional café. Original tables made from old champagne “pupitres”. Very good value menu with starter, main course and dessert from 21 euro. I had an excellent salad with crayfish to start with followed by a perfectly grilled “bavette” (steak) with potato gratin. The fish was also […]

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Le Domaine Léopold, Paris 1 | BKWine Pick

This is a very nice wine bar/restaurant on the already restaurant dense rue Leopold Belland in the 2nd, just a stone’s throw from the market street rue Montorgueil. In summer time they have a big and calm ‘terrasse’. The menu is short but with a good selection of typical wine bar food made from fresh […]

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Le Café du Passage, Paris 11 | BKWine Pick

Very pleasant. Exceptional wine list, cool jazz, mix of English club atmosphere and Italian design (owner is ex-interior designer). Outstanding selection of Rhone and southern France. Small things to eat. Also a small shop where you can buy to bring home even late at night! Say hello to Gerard from us!

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Le Porte-Pot, restaurant Paris 5 | BKWine Pick

A nice wine bar and wine shop in the centre of the Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter). It just opened in February (2005). Nicely decorated with a dominant red that contrasts with the old wooden beams. The choice at lunch is “today’s special” (served hot – all other dishes are served cold) (12€) and salads (8€), […]

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