Wine Tasting in Paris evening on the Batostar with Thierry Givone, Jennifer and Katy from Pennsylvania, Belile and Monique from New York and Colleen
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Wine Tasting in Paris On the Seine

Wine Tasting in Paris evening on the Batostar with Thierry Givone, Jennifer and Katy from Pennsylvania, Belile and Monique from New York and ColleenSit by the Seine, be introduced to and déguster champagne, white and red wines, for a couple of hours. Watch the boats go by and the Paris evening lights illuminate. Welcome to Wine Tasting In Paris.

Burgundian raised, Thierry Givone, has a passion: Introducing beginners to his passion for French wines. His presentation is light and easy to understand. When you go to someone’s home or a restaurant, you will know the basics: Understanding the age, the method and the bubbles in champagne, wine’s color and interpreting its meaning, how to play with the palate’s senses and look at the “legs” (or “tails” as one of the tasters imagined them). Thierry answers questions when asked. His presentation moves along while the classroom, the Batostar, is docked near the Pont Marie.

And to keep things from getting too serious, passing boats lightly stir up and rock the Batostar. The movement brings smiles and commentaries from the tasters. The evening is fun and relaxed.

We are were five on a winter evening, me from the Bastille, a couple from New York, two students from Pennsylvania. Thierry, an oenologist, introduced us to wines that you will not find just anywhere. You could say they come from off-the-beaten path wineries. His wine source, Hervé Bonal, found gems for us from small, quality vineyards. The villages are not household names, but provided a broad sampling to test our taste buds.

The six glasses included a champagne from Ville sur Arce, a Loire from Noyer sur Cher, a Burgundy from Macon-Cluny and one from Rully, a Bordeaux from Saillans, and a Côtes du Rhône from Rasteau. The girls from Pennsylvania decided to buy a bottle of the smooth, small bubble champagne. It was too good to pass up.

Thierry’s tastings are on Tuesdays between 4:30 p.m and 7:00 p.m. You can read more on TripAdvisor Wine Tasting in Paris.
Wine Tasting In Paris
Batostar/Mellow Bar
Pont Marie 75004 PARIS
+33(0) 676 933 288

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!