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Prepare to taste some of France's most unusual (and delicious) wine varietals during a unique 2-hour tasting. Held in a Paris wine cellar near the iconic Louvre, this alternative tour focuses on six lesser-known French wines, all paired with baguette or—for a bit extra—a spread of charcuterie and cheese. Learn various tasting tips from the cellar's expert sommelier as well as a primer on French wine in general. You'll sample wines from the country's far reaches, expanding both your wine repertoire and taste buds with each new sip.  


  • 2-hour alternative wine tasting in Paris
  • Taste six unusual wines during this unique wine-tasting experience
  • Soak up the atmosphere of a beautifully renovated wine cellar in central Paris
  • Learn about French wine and discover excellent wine-tasting techniques from your expert sommelier
  • Enjoy quality French cheese and charcuterie to accompany your wine (if option selected)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is your chance to discover more unusual and lesser-known French wines in a concise but informative session. Get some inside tips about how to select the best wines and, of course, taste a few, too!

What You Can Expect

Wine Tasting in Paris: France's Unique and Unusual Varietals

Learn about alternative wines in this tasting session

Your 2-hour evening wine tasting takes place in a wine bar in central Paris near the Louvre Museum. When you arrive, you’ll be escorted to a beautiful renovated, brick-laden wine cellar, where a spot at a large table will be waiting for you. Soak up the atmospheric setting as your expert sommelier teaches you about French wine and explains different wine-tasting techniques.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill wine tasting, so you won't be served typical wines such as sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot, merlot, cabernet or sauvignon. You’ll taste six unusual wine varietals that you’ve probably never heard of before! Sample wine from all over France -- from both famous and off-the-map wine-producing areas -- made with uncommon or old-vine grapes and produced with very special techniques. The daily wine selection may change according to the sommelier's wishes, but some varieties you may taste include Loin de l'oeil from the south west of France and the Savagnin grape grown in the Jura region. The inimitable flavors and aromas will truly test your senses and give you a unique tasting experience.

Enjoy fresh bread with your wine. To enhance your tasting, opt to include a cheese or charcuterie plate, fit for two people to share. Indulge in creamy and hard French artisanal cheeses or salty, savory artisanal cured meats – the perfect accompaniments to your wine.

At the end of your 2-hour session, take home a list of the wines you tasted. You’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for French wine!

Customer Reviews

susan m

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

My husband and I live in California, and knew nothing about French wines. After our 2 hour tasting of specialty wines, we are eager to explore more. Our sommelier, Alan, was informative, friendly and fun. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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