First glass of Sancerre : In the area of Les Halles. Walking parallel to along rue Rivoli you head towards Les Halles. A former marke with its many restaurants and bistrots that cateredto the thousands of professionals visiting the "Marche des Halles" before its destruction at the turn of the 1970's.
Here we visit our first Bistro with its genuine professional ambiance and stop for two glasses of white wine.like the : Muscadet 2003 , or Quincy 200 , looking for the freshness in the first wines tasted . Other wines in whites here could be Menetou Salon 2003 , Sancerre 2003 , and a white Cotes du Rhone
Then, walking through "Les Halles" , we reach a street that retained its Halles atmosphere , with restaurants and bars and lively street activity : Rue Montorgueil where we stop at a bistrot well known for its quality selection of wines . There , we'll enjoy reds , one of these might be : Beaume de Venise 2003 "Costanci, Domaine de la ferme Saint Martin", Morgon vieilles vignes ( Georges Descombes, Touraine Cot.
"Claude Gousset has dinner at lunchtime every weekday in his favorite bistro situated just behind the church of St-Eustache on the cobbled old market street of rue Montorgueil. Gousset, a meat cutter at Rungis who started his career in the butcher's trade at Les Halles, buys meat for the bistro every day. He has had his own table at the bistro for forty-odd years. "You know," he tells me one afternoon, nodding sagely, "it is only the most courageous and passionate bistro owners that have persevered through the really difficult years." He speaks highly and fondly of both Chez Clovis and Chez Denise (a great place for dinner) in this regard, and then tells me about the original owners, who he says, had let the place sink into sad decline, when Patrick Fabre a 27-year veteran of other old bistros in the area took it over in 1991. Fabre has revivified the place, keeping old customers like Gousset happy, but developing a new, younger clientele as well by not only cooking bistro standards like entrecote bordelaise, served with its marrow; rump steak with a creamy roquefort sauce; and andouillette (tripe sausage) with a mustard sauce; but also dishes like a simple melon de Cavaillon in summer; a deliciously light filet of salmon with leeks; and a hearty cod steak with baby spinach".
Walking on Rue Montorgeuil , we look briefly at L 'Escargot, one of the most authentic examples of 1830s decor in Paris and Stroher founded in 1730 by the former Pastry chef of Louis XV, living monuments of Paris Gastronomy.
The next stop is a wonderfull place for a glass of wine and at the same time a restaurant, a fine food "epicerie fine" store ,and a wine bar. Here we will, taste a nice red : Moulin a Vent "La Coudriere" 2003. You may purchase, foie gras and other fine authentic products in this place.
Time permitting we will by Place des Victoires built in 1865 and now home to Paris design talent an on to the 19th century "Covered Passage Vivienne built in 1823 to see one of the most famous & well-stocked wines stores in Paris. This is the final point and you can choose to go in and do a tasting on your own or leave for dinner.
Your itinerary may change slightly according to bar openings.
The aim of this wine tour is to immerse you in the authentic wine and bar culture of Paris. We have chosen to concentrate on the 1st and 2nd arrondissement on the Right Bank because of its historic associations and interesting and picturesque ambience especially around the 19th century Passages.
The Wine Tour is being led by a wine enthusiast who will introduce you to 4 or 5 bars and cafes which locals frequent, and where we will have our wine 'tastings', including interesting selections from smaller producers. We will also explore this historic district and its famous buildings and sites on our walk.
Available: Tuesday to Saturday
Cost : 119€pp