October 8-12 Every October the only remaining vineyard in Paris auctions off its bottles of Clos Montmartre in the weekend-long Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival. With a cultural parade and stalls of regional produce lining the vine-rimmed streets, each day is filled with festivities, food and wine. Attendance is free, events start in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com
November 28-29 Le Festival des Meilleurs Vins will take place at the Carrousel de Louvre. The event will feature master classes, wine tastings and workshops. For more information, visit www.grandtasting.com
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.