In Decanter, Vicki Denig discusses Willi’s Wine Bar in Paris, famous for Rhône wines. She writes (abridged):
Contrary to popular belief, Willi’s is not actually named for the founder of this long-standing Parisian wine bar, but rather a local dog that prowled the streets of Paris’ 1st arrondissement in days past.
The bar has been a staple in the neighbourhood since 1980, originally established by England-born Mark Williamson.
Williamson’s love for Rhône wines – despite their unpopularity a few decades back – allowed him to secure deep yearly quantities of wines that find themselves allocated today.
For those looking to indulge in back vintages of Clape, Gangloff, and other classic producers, this is the place for you. Willi’s robust wine selections are served up alongside a mix of classic French and American favourites, including foie gras, mushroom lasagne, burgers, magret de canard, and bouillabaisse. Although Rhône-heavy, the list presents extensive offerings from Champagne, the Languedoc, and Italy. By-the-glass options are served in small, standard, and carafe sizing, and an extensive dessert menu is available.
Vicki Denig. A NYC & Paris based professional wine writer, language studier, and passionate traveler-Decanter August 23, 2021.
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