Preston MOHR gives us some great recommendations for selecting wine while shopping in Paris. He teaches regularly the Champagne Day Trip in Reims, the French Wine Tasting Class and the Cheese and Wine Tasting Class at Cook'n With Class.
It's fall in Paris and the time has come for the big supermarkets of Paris to have their annual “Foire aux Vins” or wine festival, offering a larger and improved selection of what most supermarkets offer during the rest of the year. In general, you can find great wine in French supermarkets if you know what you're looking for, but the Foire aux Vins is the best time to go.
These large companies have great buying power and order in much larger quantities than your typical neighborhood caviste that they are able to price their wines very competitively during the Foire aux Vins.
Here's a short list of some of my favorite selections from Monoprix Foire aux Vins (now until September 16th at all Monoprix stores):
Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs 2010 – 14.95€
|Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs|
Saumur Soliterre 2011 – 12.50€
Brouilly Château Thivin 2011 – 8.90€
|Brouilly Château Thivin|
Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière Ferraton Père & Fils 2010 – 9.95€
|Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière|