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Paris: Cave a manger / Bar a vins

sallie_mah | Dec 9, 201405:19 PM

Hi, I will be going to Paris for the first time next week and with help from chowhound and other resources have formulated a list of some places to eat, drink and be merry.

I really like the sound of the 'cave a manger' and 'bar a vins' concepts, but as a shy person with little French or knowledge of French wines, I am more than a little apprehensive of how I will get on. I am especially really interested in trying some 'vins au naturel'.

I wonder if some kind soul can help me. How do things generally work in these places. Do I just go in and sit down, or must I wait to be seated? I don't know where to begin in choosing (or asking a recommendation for) a wine - I like many different styles and grapes,with no particular favourite, and am clueless about the French classifications. Also, what kind of price range can I expect? (I am happy to treat myself to a $45 euro bottle of vin au naturel perhaps once or twice, but do places have say 15-20$ wine of the same ilk?

I realise this post seems quite hairbrained, but I am really quite nervous and any information would really help me make the most of my trip.

Many thanks
Sal

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