Paris Food Trends: Winebar Update

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While wine has always been a staple in Paris, I’m seeing more variety in the ways it’s purchased and served.

La Cave des Papilles, on charming rue Daguerre in the 14th, works all the angles under one roof: they offer tastings and meetings with vintners at their storefront; they give advice on food pairings by phone; and they offer purchase and delivery on line.

Le Verre Volé, which started with a tiny cave à manger (combination bistro/wine shop) serving simple but delicious food and natural wines near Canal St Martin, offers something different at each of their 3 locations. Their new cave à vins on trendy rue Oberkampft, 11th, has a large selection of natural wines and friendly and knowledgable staff. Nearby, their épicerie/sandwicherie (gourmet grocery and sandwich shop) sells and serves wine, great deli counter lunches, and artisanal products, like Bordier butter.

New last year, and not to be forgotten: Epicerie St Sabin adds wine tastings to the épicerie/sandwicherie model, and La Buvette pairs small plates with interesting and affordable wines.