Like all of my friends here, my biggest resolution for these remaining six months in Paris is to be more cultural. This may seem broad but it’s actually very simple. I want to take advantage of everything in Paris that I won’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s a limited time art exhibit, historical site or French gastronomy lesson, I’m seizing this time to do it.
Our first cultural outing this January was a wine tasting at Ô Chateau, a wine tasting room and bar located in the heart of Paris. We chose the “Tour de France” tasting, which is offered daily at 5 p.m. The two-hour class includes a sampling of six quality wines from the major terroirs of France including Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Champagne, Languedoc, Sancterre and Rhone. Our charming and knowledgable sommelier taught us about proper wine tasting techniques, how to decipher the always challenging French wine label, the difference between certain grapes and regions and how to choose wines in the future.
For an additional charge, we ordered a delicious cheese and charcuterie plate to feast on. Hey, you need something to soak up all of that alcohol, right? It was also very helpful to have while learning about suggested wine pairings throughout the tasting.
I recommend this wine tasting for anyone visiting Paris in the future. Even though I eventually want to explore the French wine country first-hand, I feel like this gave me the right amount of background information. I also now feel fully equipped to navigate the wine aisle and pick out the best wine for my next meal or party.
Things you should know:
- You will fall in love with your sommelier (at least if it’s who we had…).
- You will get semi-to-fully drunk.
- You will become friends with your entire table.
- You will think that you will remember everything they tell you but you won’t…so take notes.
Ô Chateau, 68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris (1st)