Selim and Marwen: One is a cellar master, the other a cheese maker. Yes, that’s right, you’re going to a cheese and wine tasting. More precisely, you’re heading for La Vache dans les Vignes, next to the Canal Saint-Martin, a stone’s throw from the Place de la République in Paris’ 10th arrondissement. As soon as you open the doors of this wine cellar and cheese store, which opened in August 2013, you know you’re in the right place. A wonderful aroma of cheese fills the air, and the walls are lined with bottles of wine. A friendly bonjour greets you, and you instantly feel at home in this small, very welcoming space. You see rustic wooden tables and countless cheeses and wines that are just waiting to be tasted.
The products are fresh, direct from the producers, and, most importantly, selected with loving care. The owners’ passion for their products is contagious and their eyes sparkle with enthusiasm when they talk with you. Their sole aim is to share their products with you to make sure you love them as much as they do. Before opening their own establishment, they each learned their trade with winegrowers and cheese makers, developing their knowledge of wines and cheeses. They continue to learn every day, always looking for that unique product that will make the difference.
If you’re having trouble deciding what to choose for your cheese and wine tasting, just ask them to help you. Selim and Marwen will ask about your tastes and preferences and find the perfect combinations for you. You might end up with some winter Beaufort or Auvergne goat’s cheese on your cheese board, or perhaps some Casanu from Corsica, or Remeker from Holland. To go with your cheese, you could enjoy a Côtes de Provence white or rosé, a Corbières, a biodynamic wine, or a delicious sparkling Champagne. Thanks to their expert advice, you are highly likely to leave with a bottle and several cheeses under your arm.
You are advised to make a reservation, however, as with only 14 seats, La Vache dans les Vignes fills up quickly. You can also purchase cheese and wine to take away or order a cheese platter. Price-wise, make sure you budget for at least 20 euros per person for your visit.
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.