Whether you are experienced in the art of wine tasting, or you have only just stumbled upon the great world of wines, you really need to pay a visit to the home of fine wine and experience some of the best wine tasting events in the world. Of course I am talking about France, and Paris in particular. The French capital is home to some of the most prestigious wine tasting events.
Most people equate Paris with, museums, and art galleries and of course, the Eiffel Tower, however, there is much more to Paris than just the standard tourist attractions. The greater Paris area is well-known amongst wine tasters as one of the finest areas for wine producing in not only France, but also the world.
The history of wine tasting in Paris can be traced back to 1976 when a certain wine merchant decided to organize a wine tasting competition. The event featured 9 different wine tasters – all experts in their field – and each expert had to don a blindfold in order to prevent them from seeing where each wine was from.
This event proved to be such a success, that it was followed up with another contest the following year, and then every year after that. Not only that, but such was the popularity of the contest, that more and more wine tasting events sprung up all across the city in the following years and decades, so that now, if you are in Paris, you are never far away from a bar or winery that is offering wine tasting events.
In fact, more and more people are heading for Paris on coach trips just so they can seek out some of these wine tasting events, and this has led to more establishments offering wine tasting opportunities. According to local wine merchants and vintners, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of foreign visitors who are choosing wine tasting tours of Paris as their vacation.
When you arrive in Paris, you will probably want to taste the fantastic food and wine that is on offer in many of the bistros and restaurants in the city. In France, as with many European countries, wine is served with almost every meal (breakfast aside) and you will be impressed with the range of wines that you can choose from, in even the smallest of restaurants and café’s.
What you will find, is that there are a number of scheduled wine tasting events across the city, and you will not find it difficult or a chore, to find a bistro or restaurant that does not serve great wines and great food. Plus, most of these places tend to open early and stay open all day; in fact some of the larger establishments can boast a selection of wines that runs into the hundreds.
If you are thinking of heading to Europe for your next vacation, then you should give some serious thought to going to Paris, even if it is for one or two days, as the experience of tasting wine in this fantastic city, is not one to be missed. There are some great wines to taste and enjoy and before you know it you will be well on your way to being a wine expert, and you can go home an amaze your friends and family with your knowledge of the grape.
Hopefully, this article has gone some way to stirring an interest in wines and tasting them. Paris is certainly one of the most popular destinations for people who want to taste a range of top quality wines in convivial surroundings.
Tim Baker is a long time travel writer who wanders across the globe. His preferred mode of transport is by coach and he believes it is possible to pick up many life lessons at the bus station. Of all the places he has had the good fortune to visit his favourites have been London and Paris.