En Vrac is not just your average wine shop.
For starters, they sell wine in BULK. So you can buy as little or as much wine as you want! You can either bring your own bottle/container to fill up with wine, or use one of their pretty glass bottles for a small deposit.
Genius concept right? I first read about this wine shop when my friend Chelsea (a newly-wed by the way!) posted an article on my Facebook page. Anna Brones at PunchDrink.com, introduces the wine shop’s founders whose goal is to offer “wine without pretense” and to “represent a sort of rustic simplicity that is increasingly foreign to a generation that grew up on the internet.”
I was set on trying this place out. Well…after a nearly 2 hour long search, trudging along beneath the hot sun, within an endless maze of roads and alleys, and consequently, a deteriorating sense of direction, we finally found it.
We treated ourselves to a half bottle of red, from the southern French region of Pays d’Oc. A dry medium-bodied red wine, light in flavor with tantalizing notes of blackberry, with a finish that was as smooth as Merlot.
I was half-tempted to dump out the water in my giant Nalgene bottle and fill it up with wine instead…but I dont think wine is a great source of hydration for backpackers. Paris continues to surprise me with gems like En Vrac–diamonds in the rough, hidden beneath the glitz and glamour of the vigorous city.