We are almost ready to say “Bonjour Paris”, just a few more days. I told you the pre-story in this post Paris – The Lead-Up.
The plans for the trip are as follows: We leave on a big aero-plane and fly overnight to the Charles DeGaulle Airport. We arrive early and will make our way to our hotel and stash our bags with the concierge and then present ourselves to the city of Paris.
Les Jardin des Plantes, mostly the greenhouses.
As a Sommelier, I have to say Paris is a food & wine wet dream for me and I am taking prisoners. Dave and I plan to spend our first evening at O Chateau – Paris’ best wine bar. They serve 40 wines by the glass and by flights ( series of wine samples that are organized by different varieties or regions). I plan on drinking my way through as much of France as I can, starting with Champagne.
I do want to be in bed by a decent time as the competition is on Friday, Nov 13th. I know Friday the 13th right! This is a most auspicious occurrence. You see, this is my 13th year as a Professional Sommelier. As I mentioned in my bio, I’ve done it all job wise. In my early days I got as much experience as I could, talking about wine. Then I went in to the production side of wine and up the ladder to a wine makers assistant. I’ve taught classes, lead tours, been on tv and written for magazines etc…
Most of those early days I could certainly tell you what I didn’t want to do. i.e. write wine reviews, be a wine representative or work in an Ontario Liquor store. I was very lucky to work at a restaurant that allowed me to exercise both my people skills and my artistic side. I had quite a network of people coming to me for my professional services. Since I’ve moved on, I still continue to build great relationships a lot of them are online. Having this blog has helped me define exactly what I want to do, more clearly than my past years of experience.
I’ve shared many of those thoughts in my previous post, but there is another small piece of the puzzle that I’ve yet to reveal. The biggest and best relationship I have is with Dave. My husband, the love of my life, my business partner and my best friend. We truly are a team in every sense of the word. Our blog is the coming together of this partnership and the trip to Paris is our chance to show the world what we can do. Dave & I get to cook and drink wine together in a studio kitchen in Paris, France. We get to share our creation with Cono Sur’s Chief Winemaker Adolfo Hurtado , Top Chef Chile’s Judge Christopher Carpentier and Chile’s winning blogger Claudia Varleta Hargreaves.
On Friday morning, we get picked up and shuttled to L’Atelier Des Sens cooking school. Cono Sur has rented the Beaubourg’s studios and we will set up in the kitchen by country. The competition promises to be a Culinary Olympics of sorts, with flowing wine, food and camaraderie. We have 4 hours to prepare our food & wine pairing before presenting it to the panel of judges I mentioned above.
We go back to the hotel to change and prepare for a cocktail & dinner cruise down La Seine. I can only imagine. Wow!
This is the spot where the winner of the entire competition is announced. The way I look at it, I’ve already won. Getting to represent Canada, doing what I do best – pairing food & wine. However, I’d love to, a million times over win it all. Not to beat any one but for the chance to visit Chile and see the vineyards where Cono Sur grows and makes their beautifully crafted wine. I don’t know if I’ll have any advantage being a Sommelier or by having my secret ingredient : Dave. I do know this will be a professional experience like no other.
Saturday and Sunday belong to Dave and I and so far we are still in the ‘let’s just wait and see’ stage but I’ve got our evenings planned so at least we know where we will end up.
Saturday night we are going to Le Caveau des Oubliettes the oldest Jazz club in Paris that just so happens to be an actual cave, and I do stand to be corrected but I believe it is the same place where Audrey Hepburn does her “Crazy Dance” from the movie Funny Face.
We may go to D’Orsay
We will more than likely take in as many artist areas as we can like Belleville and Marche aux Puces.
We will be visiting La Derniere Goutte a wine tasting shop that is filled with organic wines selected by proprietor Juan Sanchez.
Au revoir for now and we will see you in our dreams or around November 18th.
***Images in this post were selected from a CCO Public Domain. Free for Commercial Use. With No Attribution Required. Princess and The Yard Ape contributed to their coffee fund.