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Gourmet Gazette Fine Italian Wine Finds

The entrance to the Vino Roma boutique at Montparnasse. Photo courtesy Vino Roma. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — It was that something that Paris needed, a shop specialized in Italian wines located in the heart of Montparnasse Vino Roma, a shop dedicated to finding the finest in the peninsula’s wine. Vino Roma is owned and operated by the owner of one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Paris, François Esposito, who owns the Pizza Roma restaurant that neighbors the shop and also serves fine Italian wines. The objective is to enable wine lovers to discover the not so well-known fine wines of Italy.

Inside The Vino Roma boutique at Montparnasse. Photo courtesy Vino Roma. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The welcoming shop is literally lined with wines and contains some immense surprises like a dry yet fruity Lambrusco or a white wine from the vineyard of the otherwise volcanic Mount Etna. A Prosecco Brut from the house of Bianca Vigna was an authentic version of the country’s famous sparkling wine. A white wine the Etna Bianco from the house of Todaro was powerful and pungent hailing from Sicily and the slopes of Mount Etna and made with the Carricante grape variety. The Quercioli Lambrusco Reggiani Secco from the house of Medici Ermete was a real find and is worthy of a hearty pasta dish. The Rigoleto Montecucco Rosso from the house of Collemassari, a smooth red to accompany an entire meal, from Tuscany was also delightful.

Nicolas takes you through the extensive selection of Italian wines at Vino Roma. Photo courtesy Vino Roma. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The enthusiastic wine merchant, Nicolas, is on hand to expertly guide you through the maze. For a world of some 200 Italian wines awaits ranging from the Proseccos of Venice to the Lambruscos of Bologna, the Malvasias in Rome to the Sangioveses of Tuscany and beyond. There is a nice selection of Italian cordials and tasty Italian delicacies to enjoy with the wines. And if you forgot your corkscrew, you can pick one up here for your hotel room Italian wine tasting evening. The boutique also hosts tastings accompanied by cheeses and cold cuts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays at noon, call ahead of time to confirm.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
61 avenue du Maine
Paris 75014
33 (0) 1 43 20 11 42

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