Shopping on St. Martin and dining in Marigot

Part two of a three part series: St. Martin's wine lifestyle

 


I left off last week saving money at the Lolos and gelato stall in Grand Case with the intention of splurging on a bottle or two of wine, always a good trade-off in my book. The rooms at the Grand Case Beach Club, discussed last week, all have kitchens and refrigerator, so bringing in provisions is a wise and cost effective way of stretching your travel budget. And besides, what could be better than a bottle of bubbly on the beach?

If you’re stocking up on food for a meal you would be remiss in not adding a few bottles of wine to your list. In the past there were some issues, primarily with temperature control, that made buying fine wine in the Caribbean a bit of a risk, but the many fine distributors and retailers now selling wine on St. Martin have made finding a special bottle a breeze.

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Find Great Supermarkets too

While you're driving around St. Martin, whether to visit the beaches, casinos, or wine shops, leave some time for a visit to the supermarket. Match, on the outskirts of Marigot, is a great market with everything you need to fix up a light snack or gourmet meal. The deli counter is well stocked with fine French cheeses (even raw-milk cheeses that are banned in the U.S), ham and sausages, and the vast selection offers treats that range from Mediterranean Tuna to canned cassoulet! Remember to stock up on water too, the selection of still and sparkling waters is second to none. You can even pick up a bottle or two of wine from their selection, though you can find better options around the island.
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With it’s very French focused list there are deals to be had on staples like Sancerre and Provencal rose.

Bacchus seems to have all the bases covered from Brunello to Barolo, Roses to Chablis, the selection here should be able to please any palate.

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Wine and food seal the deal

Bacchus
Tucked away in an industrial/commercial complex close to Grand Case, Bacchus is both a wine shop, and a gourmet winebar. While only open for lunch, and while I did not stop in for a meal (the food at Bacchus is impressively priced) I hear it’s quite good. I stopped into to Bacchus to take a look at their wine selection and I was shocked, shocked I tell you to find such an impressive collection of fine wines.

Le Chanteclair
Several miles from grand Case one comes to the Capital of the French Side of the Island: Marigot. This wonderful little harbor side town has several good restaurants, Le Chanteclaire in the Harbor is special and worth a detour. A lovely view, excellent food, and a dessert with no name (it's unnamable!) make any meal here memorable.

Each of the many wine shops of St. Martin need something to set them apart, since all the super-markets have a serviceable selection of wines.  The new wine shop Bacchus, located near the Grand Case airport, not really as near as one might imagine though, is one of the finest shops on the Island.

Tucked away in an industrial/commercial complex close to Grand Case, Bacchus is both a wine shop and a gourmet winebar. While only open for lunch, the food at Bacchus is impressively priced, and while I did not stop in for a meal I hear it’s quite good. I stopped into to Bacchus to take a look at their wine selection and I was shocked, shocked I tell you to find such an impressive collection of fine wines, and due to the crowds, I visited on New Years eve, I didn’t even get a chance to visit their reserve room!

To begin with, the Champagne selection at Bacchus certainly has no equal on the Island. Pol Roger, Perrier-Jouet, and Bollinger are particularly well represented among the shelves, not that that is a problem! In fact Bollinger is so well represented that one can even find the ultra rare still red La Côte aux Enfants, which I am sad to say I passed on this time around, but it will top my list for my next visit to Bacchus, and I have no doubt that a follow up visit is in the cards.

I’ll have to have a bite to eat as well as I hear the private tasting events are among the best in the Caribbean and I’m planning to bring a group of food and wine lovers down to St. Martin for a long, indulgent week later in the year. This is the kind of research I can get used to!

Several miles from grand Case one comes to the Capital of the French Side of the Island: Marigot. This wonderful little harbor side town has several good restaurants, Le Chanteclair in the Harbor is special and worth a detour. If you take the time to come into town to shop for wine make a half-day of it and stop in for dinner. If Le Chanteclair is too much for you, there are perfectly good pizzas and salads available from the restaurants that ring the harbor.  The Brasserie de la Gare has always been fine and welcoming.


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  • Snooth User: tompuett
    226470 1

    are you gonna tell us about the other wine shops on the island ? vinnismo? gout du vin? i have never heard of bacchus thanks for the tip .what are the prices like at bacchus ?

    Jan 14, 2010 at 3:44 PM


  • Dear Greg, thank you for such nice comments, it's higly appreciatted. I'm sorry you only came on the 31st, it was indeed very busy but actually a good thing for us in such a day. I look forward to welcome you again during your next visit with your friends and you can reach me at info@bacchussxm.com if you have any questions.
    Best regards,
    Benjamin LAURENT.
    Zone Commerciale d'Hope Estate
    97150 Ile de Saint Martin
    FRENCH WEST INDIES
    TEL +590 590 87 15 70
    FAX +590 590 29 64 36
    restaurant@bacchussxm.com
    http://www.bacchussxm.com

    Jan 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM


  • Snooth User: pony600
    290006 2

    Greg, we were lucky to discover Bacchus this past October. A lovely lady gave us a tour of the establishment when we stopped by one day to check it out. She even brought us to see "the secret of Bacchus", a huge, impressive wine cellar downstairs. We called the next day & made a reservation for lunch, which turned out to be everything good we had heard about the place, and more. The food was delicious, as was the white wine that was matched for us to go with it. Great espresso to finish off the meal. They have a large selection of their own prepared foods if you want to take back to your hotel. Everyone there is welcoming & friendly. If you get the chance, stop by for a tour and a meal.

    Jan 14, 2010 at 9:52 PM


  • Greg,
    Can you provide a specific location, address for Corks and Screws. We will be on SXM soon and would like to stop there. Thanks for the insight about our favorite island.

    Jan 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM


  • I don't understand this article at all. What did you buy at the wine stores? How much did you pay? How did they drink?

    Jan 17, 2010 at 3:26 AM


  • Snooth User: mnbean
    328814 1

    We stayed at the Grand Case Beach Club last January and just loved it. The meals and the wine at the Grand Case restaurants were heavenly. However, I couldn't find a place anywhere to buy decent wine to drink when not dining. Some of the local groceries had old, stale French wine and nothing else. We also drove to Marigot, but I couldn't fine anything. We're going back to the Beach Club in a couple weeks. We'll definitely try Bacchus. I may just hang out at the wine bar. One question - how close is it to the Beach Club? Could I walk over there?

    Jan 17, 2010 at 12:09 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 222,141

    Hi MN,

    It's a bit of a hike, maybe 1.5 miles, probably a bit less but in flip flops it felt like more. I had no problem with the walk, it was nice to just stumble around a bit actually. Let us know how your return visit goes!

    Jan 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM


  • Snooth User: DineSXM
    420562 5

    Greg, please! If you want to swipe our pictures, please ask for permission first. Contact us about licensing the pictures of Brasserie de la Gare and Le Chanteclair at info@dinesxm.com or remove...

    Mar 08, 2010 at 3:52 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 222,141

    Done,

    Sorry DineSXM

    Mar 08, 2010 at 9:24 AM


  • Snooth User: DineSXM
    420562 5

    Thanks, much appreciated!

    Mar 08, 2010 at 3:11 PM


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