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  • WLE Meets: The Michelins from De Vinis Illustribus

    Wine and Wedding Planning go hand in hand, right? Ok, not really, well we’d like to think so! After all we are in Paris.

    For the wine lovers, amateurs and connoisseurs alike, out there we’ve found the perfect activity to accompany  your wedding or elopement stay here in Paris.


    Imagine vintage wines, exquisite French cheeses and the finest baguette breads available to you (and your guests if you’re travelling with a group) with your very own personal English-speaking Sommelier!

    We’re talking about a private wine tasting with De Vinis Illustribus.

    Who are you? What’s the story behind De Vinis Illustribus?

    De Vinis Illustribus is a specialty vintage wine store and cellar, specializing in the highest-quality French wines from the past century.  I, Lionel Michelin, the current owner and wine steward, bought the cellar fifteen years ago from the past owner who used to sell wine to Ernest Hemingway!

    It was the famous author’s favorite place to buy wine as it’s just down the street from his old apartment.

    I studied law but always had a love and curiosity for wine. I began to work in the wine industry many years ago and found my niche!  My family and I are passionate about wines and have dreamt of establishing a boutique that could provide the best wines to Parisians and visitors to the city.  Since its establishment, De Vinis Illustribus has gained worldwide recognition in the wine world and has been featured in many international magazines and Paris guidebooks.


    A variety of vintage French wines at De Vinis Illustribus in Paris, France


    What are the services you offer?

    We sell wine, primarily vintage, as well as champagne.  We also offer a variety of tasting experiences.

    Many couples and families from around the world come to celebrate milestones: marriages, vow renewals, birthdays, you name it.

    For these events, we often bring out wines from the years of the events. For example, for a marriage anniversary of a couple who married in 1982, we’d select a wine from 1982 to match.

    Together with my wife, Dominique, and my son, Mathieu, we at De Vinis Illustribus tailor our wines and menus to our guests.  If they want to do a wine tasting, we provide a platter of the best artisanal charcuterie and cheeses.

    De Vinis Illustribus in Paris specializes in rare, old wines dating back over a century.

    What are the specificities of the store? How many people can you host?

    We can host parties of two to twenty people, depending on the event.  For larger parties, we dine in the wine cellar.  Smaller parties are hosted upstairs but for all events, we privatize the location so that it can be a close, intimate experience for our guests.

    What type of events do you organize most?

    The types of events that we most often host are milestone celebrations, such as vow renewals, anniversaries and birthdays.  But we are often reserved for wine tastings as well.

    We have so many different packages, and we really tailor the wines and cuisine to the tastes of our guests.

    For those who want a tasting lunch or dinner, we work with an excellent caterer, whose chef comes to our boutique and stays throughout dinner to cater to the guests.  The meal is a typically French meal with several courses and traditional dishes, matched to their wine counterparts.  It is absolutely an exclusive soiree.


    De Vinis Illustribus Paris Vintage Wine Cellar

    Those enjoying a wine tasting will have an array of wines chosen for them but we can accommodate any preferences.   For example, we recently had a group come from Finland who wanted a white wine-only soiree.  We chose the best from our selection and paired them with an assortment of artisanal cheeses.  We conduct the tastings in English or French.

    How much does it cost to have one of these wine experiences? How long in advance do people need to book?

    The simplest wine tasting package “Discovering French Regions” starts at 50 euros per person and last an hour to an hour and a half. Wines are served with cheese and bread.

    Tasting lunches begin at 105 euros per individual, and the Dinners are priced at 195 euros.  For the best menu and experience, plan early.  We are flexible and want to make sure that your tasting with us is memorable.


    De Vinis Illustribus Paris Vintage Wine

    De Vinis Illustribus is a family run Parisian wine tasting bar and cellar that have customizable packages for the wedding party or couple looking to enjoy a fun or private activity with a English speaking wine steward.


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