Through January 15 Taillevent serves a special menu at €445 until January 15, entitled “The Five from Jay McInerney.” McInerney is famous both for his novels and for writing about wines in the Wall Street Journal. For Taillevent, he has chosen five wines that he would like to drink in the course of one meal. Further to that selection, chef Alain Solivérès has determined the right pairings. Thus, the Condrieu La Combe de Malleval 2010 is matched with scallops, oyster and watercress; Sauternes Château de Fargues 1997 with pheasant in puff pastry; Gevrey-Chambertin Domaine Denis Mortet 2002 with partridge; Pessac Léognan Château Haut-Brion 1988 with venison and grand veneur sauce; and pink Champagne Domaine Jacques Selosse with nougat and raspberry. Taillevent, 15, rue Lamennais, 75008 Paris, 01 44 95 15 01.
Ongoing Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting lunch featuring five French whites and reds along with cheese, charcuterie and a bread basket. The cost is 75€ per person, including taxes and services. The lunch begins at noon and lasts for an hour and a half. These events take place year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For more information, visit www.conciergerie.com.
Fridays At Bistrot du Sommelier, Philippe Faure-Brac has catered to patrons since 1984. On Friday, he showcases a vineyard and its wines: a special menu with five glasses of wine costs €50 at lunch and €75 at dinner. Bistrot du Sommelier, 97, bd Haussmann, 75008 Paris, 01 42 65 24 85.
THE VINES OF PARIS
AND ILE-DE-FRANCE Reviving
Old Traditions With strong legal control over selling Parisian-made
wines commercially, it may be surprising that vineyards
are popping up all over Ile-de-France. Wines have
been made here for hundreds of years, which makes
it a cultural venture rather than a lucrative one.
SHADES OF ROSÉ The
Complexity of a Simple Wine
Learn about rosés, the often overlooked wine,
from the varieties of grapes that are selected to
the different methods in making the vino.