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Wild Goose chases wanted...

Wild goose upended.

Jul 19, 2015
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Wild Goose chases wanted...

Make a list of cavistes in your arrondissement and a few others and send him out to find a bottle of Clairette de Die, perhaps France's least-known sparkling wine appellation. I've yet to find one in any caviste, but, who knows, it must be out there somewhere.

Jul 18, 2015
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crazy questions

When I was involved in the tourism industry it was common for destinations to stage "fam tours," i.e., familiarization tours for prospective clients in the travel trade. That's what your first trip to Paris should be––a fam tour to get to know the city in anticipation of future visits. Those who strive for the perfect first visit too often burden themselves with a preconceived itinerary that precludes developing a sense of the vibrancy of the city. That's a scenario for disappointment.

Jun 24, 2015
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Recommendation for Wine bars/restaurants in Belleville

Not just a clientele from central casting, but also a location used for scenes in the 1997 musical "Same Old Song".

Jun 17, 2015
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Bones -- A dissenting view

"Militant natural wine list" . . . good phrase! If the bistro is promoting its "all-natural" wine list, I look elsewhere. Can't go back to Autour d'un Verre in the 9th after watching the waiter violently shake a bottle of fizzy Burgundy, presumably to blow off the gas. I send wine back only when it's corked, but should have sent that one back for terminal injury.

Jun 15, 2015
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PARIS -- need basic restaurant recs!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you've never been to Paris, you probably shouldn't be staying in the 17th. If you're a Paris veteran, however, you'll love it––certain of its neighborhoods, anyway. So let's say you're staying in Batignolles and would like to experience a slice of neighborhood life. Then drop into the bistro Le Refuge Des Moines around 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. and you'll be pretty certain of a table. Milan will go out of his way to accommodate you. (He's so considerate and attentive you'll be asking yourself what those stories about rude Parisians were all about?) The locals will begin arriving a little later. Some of them will just be there for a glass of wine and plate of pasta. Others will be meeting a waiting partner. Milan will know many of them. And the place will be humming by the time you're into your mains. The kitchen's quite OK. Yet it's likely none of the CH regulars who post here have been there or even heard of the place. It's certainly not on the foodie/trendy list. And two nearby métros are too far out for territorial Parisians. This go-round CH regulars will have lots of good recs for you. But maybe next time you'll be interested in trying something a bit beyond the ambit of the in-crowd. www.baravinlerefugedesmoines.com

Jun 03, 2015
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Does anything happen in the 15th?

John Talbott has some recent reviews of places in the 15th. Log onto his blog and click on the 15th in the column on the left.

May 26, 2015
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Paris food recommendations?

He who queries signs himself (herself?) heartfood_yvr. In that Air France has just begun non-stop serice between YVR (Vancouver international Airport) and CDG, one might assume what we have here is a newbie who's made a spur-of-the-moment decision to get away from Vancouver for a few days. It follows that perhaps he/she isn't that serious about it all. So my recommendation is no recommendation: get off the plane, allow yourself to be entrapped by Paris tourism-plus, and next time you'll want to have done your homework.

Where to buy Scotch in Paris?

Maison du Whisky in the 8th; lots there, as you'll see when you put it into their search site.
www.whisky.fr

Apr 29, 2015
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Where to eat near - but not in - CDG airport?

There are no metro stops close to the CDG, and changing to the metro at Gare du Nord or beyond might be a pain with your backpacks. So why not take RER B to Denfert-Rochereau, exit, cross over Avenue General Leclerc and spend you time on Rue Daguerre, a pedestrian market street. There'll be enough happening to keep you occupied for a couple of hours. When it's time, head back to the Denfert RER station and get a train direct to CDG. No subway hassle or time lost making changes.

Apr 25, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

We had a peasant evening meal on their "terrace" last summer and were served by the owners' nephew from Spain; which made me wonder whether the business is about to be passed on to a new generation?

Apr 25, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

gracohen, I assume from your research you've already identified the usual suspects (wine bars that show up time and again in the yarns of lazy travel writers): Le Garde-Robe, Le Rubis, Tonneaux des Halles, La Robe et Le Palais, La Tartine, Les Pipos, Baron Rouge, Baratin. To which I would add L'Auberge Café (1st), genuine old-timer; Taverne Henry IV (1st), well-known but still an experience; Jean Bernard A.O.C. (3rd), modest and virtually unknown; Le Temp des Cerises (4th), not my favorite because of its stubby little wine glasses; Le Porte-Pot (5th), younger crowd; La Cave Drouot (9th), older crowd; Les Bricoles (11th); Dis Vins Gaulois (15th); Les Brandevin (16th); Les Caves Angevins, also known as Chez Clarisse (16th), nice wines, but wish they'd replace the stools with chairs; Yayin (17th), Kosher wine bar; Au Bon Coin (18th), very inexpensive locals' hangout; A La Vierge de la Réunion (20th), not a tourist in sight here. I've left out some already mentioned plus a ton of wine-friendly bistros, for there's only so many places you can check out in a couple of weeks, right? Have fun and report back.

Old (very old) wine bars

gracohen, it's my guess age isn't your only criterion, but that you're interested in wine bars with patina and atmosphere, as opposed to trendy joints patronized by bobos and tourists. If I'm right, I can offer you a few suggestions. I've been researching this for a few years for
a possible book.

Apr 12, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

Another of the renowned oldies is Au Vin des Rues in the 14th (21 rue Boulard), where Jean Chanrion held forth for ages, serving his favorite wines of the Mâconnais. He sold the place circa 2001. I believe it's changed hands once or twice since the departure of Chanrion, who died last year.

Apr 12, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

Jacques Melac sold the joint two years ago, but new owners Didier and Denise Madamour are said to be carrying on as before.

Apr 11, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

Correct. But Jackie wasn't critiquing the food, and gracohen wasn't enquiring about food.

Apr 11, 2015
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Old (very old) wine bars

How about Aux Négociants, 27 rue Lambert in the 18th. "It's the last of the great, old-time, veritable Paris wine bars," the author Jacqueline Friedrich (The Wines of France and other books) wrote on her blog.

Apr 10, 2015
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Paris Dinner and Focus on Wine

Preston Mohr, a young American from Minneapolis, offers wine tastings in Paris and doubles as a rep for an apartment rental agency.

http://www.parisbytheglass.com/about-...

Apr 03, 2015
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Paris Dinner and Focus on Wine

This handsome, relatively new shop in the Latin Quarter is run by a pleasant, mature couple, both of whom speak English. Ignore the 'whisky' in the title because the focus here is definitely on wine.
It's the antithesis of the trendy O Château. In other words, defintely a spot for adults.

http://vinetwhisky-claudel.com/

Apr 03, 2015
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Paris, Change of Pace Meals

Agreed, Parnassien. A couple of them have table service, which defeats the definition of 'food court.'

Mar 30, 2015
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Paris, Change of Pace Meals

There's a food court in the Carrousel du Louvre, too.

Mar 29, 2015
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Tasting menu at Dersou with cocktail pairing

Reads like a promo, sounds like a promo, walks/talks like a promo,
could it be a promo? Or maybe it's just my age talking (five drinks at dinner that are not wine?)

Mar 25, 2015
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Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

And perhaps this is Claude http://www.restaurant-chezclaude.fr/

Mar 01, 2015
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Ask and you shall receive - I am coming to Paris!! :)

Probably means Le Port-Pot http://www.leportepot.com/

Mar 01, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

And then let's have lousy wine lists to be avoided at all costs. The absolute worst wine list in all of Paris is Chartier, so even if your cousins want to go, tell them no.

Feb 13, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

There will always be "secret," "hidden," "undiscovered," et cetera. The mags need this sort of stuff.

Feb 13, 2015
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Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

notdrinkingpoison in paris

Feb 13, 2015
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Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

Aaron is a wine guy but he's now reviewing retaurants on his blog. Have you been mentoring him?

Feb 13, 2015
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Why is "the best" so important

Marketing indeed, just like "secret" places that only the writer knows. Bumpf.

Feb 13, 2015
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Le Marsangy -- An Unsatisfactory Experience

Evidently Le Marsangy changed owners last year. This is what the wine list used to look like (photo taken from Aaron Ayscough's blog). http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0o7S1q2ifLg...

Feb 13, 2015
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