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NAtural wine tastings
Discover the wonderful and surprising French vin vivant (natural "living" wine) during a wine tasting in a cozy natural wine boutique near Bastille, lined with a rich array of the best of French vins naturels, where I'll choose a couple bottles each of white and red natural wines from various wine regions and terroirs in France and have the exuberant shop owner pop them open for us.

From my satchel, I'll pull out some great artisan bread, mouth melting cheese, and an array of my famed home-made nibbles, full of seasonal vegetables… and at once give you an abreviated course on natural wine making, introduce you to the amazing and surprising alchemy the winemakers of vin nature - all wizards of a sort - practice on (and with) their grapes, as well as the gustative pleasure of paring their various unique personalities with different tastes and savors. You'll go home with 1 or 2 half-full bottles of wine...

If you'd like to extend our time together, you can add my "back-street" artisan food tour to your wine tasting.

private natural w/ tasting
Tuesday thru Saturday
11am - 1pm and 4 - 6pm

— 210 euros for an individual
— 130 euros per person, for parties of up to 4

private natural wine tasting w/ food tour
Tuesday thru Friday
9am - 1pm and 2:30 - 6:30pm

— 270 euros for an individual
— 175 euros per person, for parties of up to 4

Please contact me for further information and bookings
You'll take an early morning train from Paris to Blois [1 1/2 hours] or Angers [2 hours]. From there I'll whisk you off to the small-scale domaine of one of many great natural winemaker friends in the region for an intimate day with the winemaker him- or herself. When the sun tends toward the horizon, I'll settle you back into the train heading to Paris.

Take a look at a tour in images of what awaits you.

private day excursion
Monday to Friday
7:30am - 7:30pm

— 485 euros per person for a party of 2 or 3
— 360 euros per person for a party of up to 4

trip includes
— full day in the Loire Valley
— round-trip train tickets to Blois or Angers
— pickup and dropoff at the train station
— lunch cooking class with fresh products from the region
— lunch with the winemaker and his or her wines
— conversation around natural wine: philosophy, history, farming and vinification methods, terroir, stories of the region
— vineyard and cellar visits with the winemaker, cellar tastings, as well as wine to buy

— 2-day or 3-day trips can be arranged, visiting a different winemaker each day. A three-week advanced notice is required

Please contact me for further information and bookings