Occasional and exceptional

Gary’s Curious Tasting & Travel Club gathers two or three times per month for tastings, tours and excursions. Events include encounters in special settings with sommeliers, winegrowers, artisans, chefs, bar owners, business owners, designers, chocolatiers, pastry makers, cheesemongers, chateau owners, specialized guides, etc.. We may also have special access to festivals and cultural events. (See schedule below.)

These are small-group events, typically for 4-8 participants, sometimes more. They attract travelers from abroad as well as residents of Paris, making for a wonderful mix of participants. All events are in English. All participants are asked to come with curiosity, conviviality and good cheer.

Some events are luxurious, some are simply excuses to enjoy good food and drink in good company, and some are delightfully quirky and off-the-beaten-track. All are organized in the spirit of discovery, enjoyment and good living.

When’s the next event and how do I join?

Beyond the specific events indicated below, the best way to stay in informed about upcoming events is to write to me.

  • If you live in Paris, let me know what type of events and tastings particularly interest you.
  • If you’ll be visiting Paris, tell me your travel dates and something about your travel party so that I can let you know if I have anything in the works for that time.

If you have your own pre-formed group of 4 or more, it may be possible to organize something for your group alone or as the basis for a larger group.

Upcoming event of Gary’s Curious Travel and Tasting Club

Full – April 4 (Friday), 4-5:30pm
Pastries and the Pastry Chef, Bread and the Baker

Actually, the pastry chef and the baker are one and the same and we’ll be meeting him during this unique encounter and thorough tasting in his workshop. Take a seat and enjoy.
Cost: 50€ per person, 40€ for club members*. Limited to 10 participants. This event is now sold out.

Full – April 5 (Friday), 6:30-8:30pm
A Tour de France of 5 Grapes as Expressed in France and California
A most joyful and relaxed way of getting to know the difference between the expression of 5 grapes that France and California have in common. Despite the presence of the presence of a sommelier who has worked in both Napa Valley and France, this is not a formal wine tasting but rather a celebration of terroir, varietals and differences in wine-making methods. This event includes cheese and charcuterie and, as always, great company.
Cost: 70€ per person, 60€ for club members*.  Limited to 8 participants. This event is now sold out.

April 10 (Wednesday), 4-7:30pm
Chocolate, more chocolate, and then some wine
We’ll be enjoying the simple pleasures of tasting chocolate at this afternoon’s neighborhood chocolate adventure. It’s like winning the golden ticket but reserved for adults only. After a soothing cup of hot chocolate to get us in the mood, our host will draw us off-diet with a variety of chocolate products. You won’t want to leave, but then a second shop beckons with with chocolates for a bit a wine pairing to be carried out at a location to be disclosed at the last minute.
Cost: 55€ per person, 45€ for club members*. Limited to 6 participants.

April 24 (Wednesday), 4-8pm
A designer’s workshop and an off-beat wine tasting
We’ll be heading into the 20th arrondissement to be welcomed into the workshop of a delightful French photographer-cum-designer. She’ll speak about her career and present the different steps in her work in designing a line of imprinted textile bags (shoulder, clutch, bread, tote, vintage, etc.) and textile baskets. This is not a buying expedition, but you’ll have the opportunity to purchase items for yourself or as great Francophile holiday gifts. This is also the opportunity to get to know a lesser-known neighborhood since this close encounter with the designer will be followed by an unusual wine tasting at a local hotspot. 75€ per person, 60€ for club members*. Limited to 8 participants.

April 27 (Saturday), 8:30am-7:30pm
Daytrip from Paris: War & Champagne (and an inexpensive way to stock up on bubbly if you live in Paris)
A daytrip to the around Chateau-Thierry, for a morning touring the American WWI sights and an afternoon visiting champagne producers in the area, with an excellent lunch in between. The WWI sights include Belleau Wood, the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and The American Monument (aka Cote 204) of Chateau-Thierry. Champagne producers to be visited are in the Marne Valley growing area for champagne. The opportunity not only to learn about the champagne produced in this area but also to stock up for the holidays on reasonably priced bubble direct from the producer. The van driver will meet us in central Paris at 8:30AM. We’ll be back into the city at 7:30PM. If you’ve purchased any number of bottles beyond what you can carry, we can arrange for the driver to deliver you to your door at a slight extra cost.
Limited to 4 to 6 participants.
Cost for the daytrip, including transportation, lunch with wine/champagne, visits to champagne producers with tastings, 320€ per person. 280€ for club members*.

*A club member is someone who has toured with me privately or who has attended at least two other Curious Touring & Travel Club events.

To join write to gary [at] garysparistours.com or fill out the contact form below.

Cost

Prices typically range from 40€ to 225€ per person for events in Paris and from 250€ to 450€ per person for excursions, more for overnight trip. Prices are all inclusive unless otherwise noted in a given event description. Members of Gary’s Tasting & Travel Club (i.e. those who have enjoyed at least two events) receive a discount of 5-10%, depending on the event.

Let’s start planning!

Use this form to pre-book a tour or to request further information about specific tours, event planning and consulting services for Paris or elsewhere in France. The more you can tell me about your interests and your travel party, the better I can personalize a response.

Provide your phone number if you would like me to call you for a 5-10-minute no-obligation chat about your upcoming trip.

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