Wandering into LeGrand Filles et Fils you can’t help but to be overcome by what has to be one of the best places to buy (and drink) wine in Paris. The front of the shop is the oldest portion of the operation and is by far the most aesthetically captivating. The visual symmetry alone is almost enough for me. Follow the space to the back and you will pass through a newer store area with even more wine related accessories and eventually you will find you in a comfortable tasting area with walls lined in even more wine, only now you’ve found the good stuff. That’s it, you need to pull up a chair and have a drink.
Since it is so difficult to transport wine back to the U.S. on commercial flights these days (those with a G6 can disregard), it is probably best to head straight to the wine bar section of LeGrand Filles et Fils and enjoy some of the delicious options available on the spot. While there, we drank a few different glasses of a Côtes du Rhône, a Burgundy and a eventually settled into Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As closing time settled in, we were thrown in the dark cold Parisian night a bit more blurry and slightly more pleased than when we entered.
Anytime I am in France I can’t help but to think of Kermit Lynch’s book Adventures on the Wine Route, and then instinctively want to drink Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Vouvray and all sorts of other stuff from the Loire Valley. In fact, whenever I see Vouvray by the glass on a menu, I hardly ever can resist it. Actually on that though, if you are in NYC, treat yourself to a meal at The Modern and go ham on their fantastic selection of Vouvray. You won’t be disappointed — so long as you like Chenin Blanc that is.
Research has shown that wine makes everything better, so if you are looking to improve your outlook while in Paris, then this is the place.