Cheese & Wine guide for newbies

If you’re reading this article, it means wine to you is like toothpaste to a donkey. Or to an englishman.

The thing is wine is really cheap in France. If you haven’t been to a supermarket yet, go take a look: wines start at 1,50 euros. Of course, those really cheap wines are for students who binge drink it.

Nevertheless, anything over 4 euros is OK. Anything over 10 euros is very good. And if you want to go even further, then you shouldn’t be reading this article and you know that.

If you’re in a Restaurant, specialists say the best option is to pick the second cheapest wine on the list; because that is usually the best value for money (Restaurants pick a very cheap wine and the rest of them are middle range). This is for people who know what they’re drinking.

For you, my fellow tourist, the cheap wine will do. Promise. You’re in Paris for God’s sake: they might bring you vinegar with grape juice and you’ll love it. But they won’t. They will bring you a bottle that cost them over 4 euros. And that plus the ambiance and the dinner, will make it a great night for you.

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Cheese dégustation: a must.

You can’t say you’ve been to Paris if you didn’t try at least five kinds of cheese. I’m serious.

This is a perfect dinner plan, that you will do either

  1. On a beautiful garden, park or by the Seine river, or
  2. At home if the weather doesn’t leat you do option 1

Wherever you do it, here’s the how to:

  1. Find a good fromagerie nearby
  2. Buy cheese.
  3. Buy a baguette
  4. Buy wine (see above)
  5. Enjoy.

Some recommendations:

  • The first cheese you’re going to buy, is the one the Fromager recommends you. Ask him for his favorite cheese, and buy some.
  • I hate goat cheese (chèvre), but every single other person in this city loves it. So get some of that.
  • You should try the Roquefort or Bleu. Very strong taste, disgusting look, but delicious.
  • My favorite is Reblochon. Eat it with the crust!
  • If you are feeling very adventurous, try Maroilles. But it’s really special. You’ve been warned.
  • To ease it off, buy some Brie or Camembert. Easy on the taste, still very good.
  • I also like very much the Coulommiers, the Saint Marcellin and the Brebis (although the last one is too close to Feta, so don’t buy that one).

For the baguette, anything goes. As for the wine, anything over 4 euros is good wine, so don’t worry about that either.