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Some of France’s most important wine regions - Loire Valley, Champagne, and Burgundy - are all within a day’s drive from Paris. Bien sur the culture practically dictates that people drink all sorts of wine in Parisian cafés, restaurants, and bars and purchase them in the city’s wine shops. But it is a little known fact that wine is actually produced within the city limits, in Montmartre. It’s just off the city street, surrounded by buildings, in the same district as such iconic structures as the Basilica de Sacré Coeur and Moulin Rouge. It is so obscure that even the most frequent visitor to Paris would exclaim “incroyable!” upon learning of its existence. 

Le Clos Montmartre is the last of the once multitude of vineyards situated on the hill, which were first planted by the Romans. There was once a temple dedicated to Bacchus standing there. In the 12th century, the Benedictines continued to produce wine at an abbey that was later destroyed during Read more »

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  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Too bone dry for you, Al?I'm suspecting that DV might get hung up on the ... perhaps we need an outing to Paris where we can do tastings of those fresh, along with a lineup of grower champagnes, whether white or rose.Though I suppose something similar might be possible either in Seattle or Vancouver, too...  ; Read More

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  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most ... ... and then Mondavi and the Paris tasting, and suddenly Americans are increasingly interested in wine. The Europeans, still rebuilding in the 1960s, looked to the US market. Parker arrives, lauds CdP and it transforms from peasant wine to something collectible. They c... Read More

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  • D - I think the folks in Champagne were a little nervous because the vineyards ... used as garbage dumps for Paris and Reims and well, who has a dump designated a world heritage site? But then again some of them figured, why no Read More

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  • The first time I was with my husband in Paris, we found a cute shop with a rare and fine wines. What we missed? Good glasses to experience the charm of fragrances. Sometimes glasses, which are represented in restaurants are far from ideal. So I wanted to ask you, do you think any wine accessories necessary to take along on the trip, and what is ... Read More

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  • Last night in Nice.  Yesterday it poured during our morning bus / walking ... we dined in the Le Cafe de Paris (next to Casino Monte Carlo).  Quite a day and now we have more appreciation for the road races they do in Monte Carlo (coming up in a few weeks).  Tonight we are relaxing in our room, eating some tasty sandwiches and drinking that bo... Read More

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  • Good to see you back, Terence.Had another '96 Les Forts at the end of the ... from a case I picked up in Paris at New Year's '03. It's still very young. Latour itself from that vintage is still mostly in a dumb period.As per my question, my sense also is that you're way too conservative on those Spanish wines. Have you had a lot of experience ... Read More

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  • Really would be a shame not to drink the Petrus. The '28 Margaux (from Maxim's de Paris!) is nice as decoration.Would be curious what else you have in your (dad's) cellar, if you're willing to post more snaps... Read More

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  • I've never really like Isabella that much, mainly because she was only a ... ... of Greek islands, or in Paris late at night (including at both of those genre's sites of origin in two of those locations) then you can subside comfortably even into that music. Plus there are plenty of bossanova influences, even if without vocals. And she was op... Read More

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  • I don't know if anyone else here has a taste for Calvados, but to me ... a ... a working class zinc bar in Paris as the shot accompaniment to a demi tasse. Soon graduated to the better stuff, drunk after dinner most frequently, but even as an aperitif (and an accompaniment to oysters as I mentioned in another thread). I've always stocked up wh... Read More

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  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai ... ... the wines, but between his Paris accent and the not terribly great acoustics in the room, I was having a bit of trouble catching most of it.WOTN was the Botrytis affected Riesling served with dessert.  I don't know why I don't enjoy dessert wine more often.On Frida... Read More

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