Paris in Photos

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Too big to succumb to tourism. Too historic to allow crass culture to dominate. Filled with mind-numbing visitors, grumpy locals, air pollution, and way too much traffic, there is still beauty and greatness in Paris – my favourite food and wine city in Europe. It offers far greater consistency and value than London and, while you won’t see many wines from outside of France, that doesn’t really matter. From 300 year old restaurants, pre-world war II wine stores, new natural wine bars, burgundy specialists, tiny shops filled with only hard to find Champagne producers, I had an absolute giddy time in the city. As a note, every wine posted below was outstanding and well worth buying and drinking. Here are my experiences in picture form.

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L'Ambassade de Bourgogne - small retail/wine bar only selling Burgundy.

L’Ambassade de Bourgogne – small retail/wine bar only selling Burgundy.

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l'Avant Comptoir (seafood wine bar) where last three wines were tasted.

l’Avant Comptoir (seafood wine bar) where last three wines were tasted.

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Le Grand Vefour. The original fine dining restaurant in Paris, dating back to the 18th century. Napoleon, Victor Hugo and others dined here. Truly memorable experience - dishes to follow.

Le Grand Vefour. The original fine dining restaurant in Paris, dating back to the 18th century. Napoleon, Victor Hugo and others dined here. Truly memorable experience – dishes to follow.

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Legrand Filles et Fils - the oldest wine store in Paris and a stunningly beautiful shop with a killer selection of magnums and hard to find producers.

Legrand Filles et Fils – the oldest wine store in Paris and a stunningly beautiful shop with a killer selection of magnums and hard to find producers and a wine bar in the back with some stellar wines by the glass and Coravin (see bottles to follow).

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Crazy small production. Just as good as Rayas.

Crazy small production. Just as good as Rayas.

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The oldest carousel in Paris - dating back 200 years.

The oldest carousel in Paris – dating back 200 years.

La Dame de Pic (Sophie Pic's Paris Restaurant) is one of my favourite restaurants in Paris - absolutely beautifully prepared food with delicate sensibility from a Rhone valley stalward and one of the only 3 starred Michelin women.

La Dame de Pic (Sophie Pic’s Paris Restaurant) is one of my favourite restaurants in Paris – absolutely beautifully prepared food with delicate sensibility from a Rhone valley stalward and one of the only 3 starred Michelin women. Dishes to follow.

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The perfect wine for Pic's food and a highly under the radar but brilliant producer.

The perfect wine for Pic’s food and a highly under the radar but brilliant producer.

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The wine bar from the owners of La Dernier Goutte (killer wine store). Superb wine and food in the Latin Quarter.

The wine bar from the owners of La Dernier Goutte (killer wine store). Superb wine and food in the Latin Quarter.

Tasting with Mr. Cuilleron at La Dernier Goutte.

Tasting with Mr. Cuilleron at La Dernier Goutte.

Food at the natural wine bar La Buvette in the 10th.

Food at the natural wine bar La Buvette in the 10th.

Gulpbable naturalist alsace at La Buvette.

Gulpbable naturalist alsace at La Buvette.

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Restaurant Allard - the epitome of classic french.

Restaurant Allard – the epitome of classic french.

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The legendary full duck and olives at Allard - a wow dish!

The legendary full duck and olives at Allard – a wow dish!

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