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Paris' best winter wine bars

Paris’ wine-bar scene has boomed in the last few years giving the city a competitive mix of snug haunts to escape the cold in

Looking for a charming place to try the best Parisian wines? Sample pinot noir, chardonnay, or bordeaux with the people who know wine best. Take your expereince up a notch and add tapas or finger foods prepared by some of Paris' best chefs. In any case, we've found the best places for a truly enjoyable glass

Caves Legrand

A veritable institution that exudes old-world Parisian charm, the century-old Caves Legrand is tucked away in one of the city’s few remaining covered passageways, the Galerie Vivienne. Aside from the wood interiors, it is the team’s passion for French wine that will keep you coming back. There are two dozen wines served by the glass at the bar and over 3,000 references in the shop that adjoins the épicerie, which you can ask to drink onsite for a corkage fee. There are also regular wine tastings. www.caves-legrand.com

Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

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Headed up by the Experimental Group, this cosy wine bar with a retro feel has designer Dorothée Meilichzon all over it. The wine list comprises over 300 references (not all natural) most of which are from France with a large fraction served by the glass and alongside tasty Italian tapas. There are now also outposts of the Compagnie in London and New York. www.compagniedesvinssurnaturels.com

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Ambassade de Bourgogne

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The ADB, as the name lets on, specialises in Burgundy wines. A cosy bar inside a wine cellar, it boasts over 600 references. Patrons can opt to pair their tipple with some traditional Burgundy finger food like gougère (cheese puff pastry), and jambon persillé (jellied ham with parsley). Owner, Burgundian Philippe Seré, also organises wine tastings. www.ambassadedebourgogne.com

Juveniles

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Part of the wave of wine bars that opened 30 years ago in Paris, Juveniles, with its smart polished wood interiors, is one of the cosiest haunts to indulge in French wines as well as fantastic homely French cooking. Although owned by expat Scotsman Tim Johnston and popular with tourists, this doesn’t detract from its Gallic charm one bit. www.facebook.com/JuvenilesWineBar

Grand Pigalle Hotel Bar

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One of the latest wine bars to hit the scene, the Grand Pigalle is part of the Experimental Group’s very first hotel, which was kitted out by Dorothée Meilichzon. And while the hip ground-floor bar might serve Italian wines (no less than 400 labels) along with Italian finger food, its buzzy atmosphere and fashionable local crowd makes it one of the most Parisian. www.grandpigalle.com

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Verjus Wine Bar

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Set beneath a stone arched ceiling in the underbelly of the Verjus restaurant, the candle-lit bar was opened by the American expat couple behind the Hidden Kitchen supper club and is fully deserving of its sparkling reputation. Not only is its wine list of French tipples very enticing, but the small plates are to die for. Don’t miss the buttermilk-fried chicken. verjusparis.com

Taillevent

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The very upscale 3-piece Taillevent comprises a Michelin star restaurant, brasserie and cave. With the latter being more of a wine shop than a wine bar, the extensive collection of 1,500 handpicked French and international wines, many of which are rare, include 350 grands crus, and are decisively worth sitting down to a meal for at the brasserie or restaurant. www.taillevent.com

Willi’s Wine Bar

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Created by British expat Mark Williamson in 1980, this ‘proverbial hole in the wall’ is often credited with being the inspiration for the wave of wine bars that followed. What set him apart from Paris’ myriad bistros and brasseries is his selection of unknown wines from the Languedoc and Rhône regions, which he serves alongside French food with a contemporary twist. www.williswinebar.com

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Vivant Cave and Restaurant

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Tucked away in a side street of the up-and-coming Strasbourg Saint-Denis neighbourhood, Vivant thrives with the locals for its wealth of organic and natural wines, and beautifully presented and magnificently-concocted small plates of non-industrial gourmet goodness. If you like Vivant, you’ll also like new owner David Lanher’s Caffè Stern and Racines. www.vivantparis.com

1 Caves Legrand
2 Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
3 Ambassade de Bourgogne
4 Juveniles
5 Grand Pigalle Hotel Bar
6 Verjus Wine Bar
7 Taillevent
8 Willi’s Wine Bar
9 Vivant Cave and Restaurant