Paris store with no French wines wins award
25th April, 2016 by Rupert Millar
Soif d’Ailleurs, a wine shop in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement that sells no French wine at all, has been named Wine Shop of the Year by a leading French gourmet guide.
The shop, set up two years ago by Alsatian, Mathieu Wehrung (pictured), was named as the best wine shop in France for 2016 by the ‘Pudlo Paris’ guide.
The shop sells 450 wines from 41 countries, made from over 150 grape varieties. Covering leading producers from Australia, Spain, Croatia, Italy, Greece, Germany, South Africa, Portugal and the US among others none of the selection, however, comes from France; which those familiar with the country know is practically unheard of.
A statement from Pudlo Paris read: “In just under two years of existence, Soif d’Ailleurs has established itself as the undisputed specialist of foreign wines in France, with a demanding and constantly renewed selection. The team is searching the whole planet for forgotten grape varieties, distinctive wines, passionate winemakers. The selection is unforgiving; they know their bottles like the back of their hands.”
At a cocktail reception following the awards, the team toasted the news with ‘Miolo’ sparkling wine from Brazil.