At this modern wine bar in between Madeleine and Opera, you will find yourself faced with other 100 different wines on offer. However, this doesn't need to be as intimidating as it might at first seem.
On arrival, you are given a glass from a member of staff and a "credit card" which works just like a rechargeable cash card. You put a certain amount of money on the card and then, each time you fill your glass, the cost will be deducted from the balance.
There are 7 or 8 wines in each display unit. To the left of the display unit is a little touch screen pad which will give you the tasting notes and a brief description (in French) of the wine you have selected. (You scroll along at the bottom of the screen.) Don't worry if you don't think your French wine terminology is up to much - there's a section which gives idiot-proof advice. Go and find out for yourself if you don't believe me!
Once you have decided which you want to try, you put your card in the slot (chip facing down) and hover close to your chosen bottle. You then have the choice of three different size measures - from a tasting measure, to a small glass, to a large glass. Hold your glass close to the nozzle and press (quite firmly) the button of your choice.
You'll find wines at every price point - from 70 centimes for a tasting measure to upwards of 25-30 euros for a large glass of one of the very finest wines.... (*cough* Mouton Rothschild, Ridge Montebello, Chateau d'Yquem... etc.) These wines do change fairly often so come back again and there's likely to be something new that you haven't tried yet. This makes it perfect for wine beginners and connaisseurs alike.
|Definitely a far cry from your rustic 'full of charm' places.|
You can also buy a bottle (or two) to take away with you - "a emporter." The whole concept of Wine by One is a very easy idea - it allows you to try different wines that you may not usually dare to try, it's not an intimidating environment as you can take the tasting at your own pace. Once you have stumbled across a wine you really like, being able to buy the bottle afterwards is a great perk and something you only rarely find. As the boss of this place, it's obviously great because you barely need to pay a member of staff as everything is self-service. I think, as a customer, you will either love this concept or you won't be overly taken by it.
But, as a romantic idea if you're coming to Paris with a wine lover, why don't you bring them here? You can get the cash-card in advance, try a couple of wines to get your senses going then buy a bottle to take down to Place Vendome or enjoy by the river... You're not going to be bothered by pesky waiters or waitresses, you can get to know what you both like, if your tastes overlap, and errr, take it from there!
Psssst! A new Wine by One will shortly be opening up near avenue Montaigne and avenue François I, near the Plaza Athénée hotel!! It hasn't been officially announced yet but word on the street is that it will be happening shortly!!
9 rue des Capucines, 75001
01 42 60 85 76
open Tuesday - Friday from midday until 10pm
and on Saturdays from 3pm until 8pm