by Paige Donner
For our January Paris GOODfood+wine show we're talking all about wine. This show's inspiration came from the announcement that Steven Spurrier was resuscitating L'Académie du Vin. So, of course, I reached out to his longtime friend here in Paris, Mark Williamson, owner of the legendary Willi's Wine Bar, to get the scoop. He suggested I talk directly with Mr. Spurrier when he was next in town and Voilà, the interview.
Mark Williamson, owner of Maceo restaurant and Willi's Wine Bar, both on rue des Petits Champs, Paris 1ère arr. - photo by Paige Donner copyright 2018
Steven Spurrier, Decanter's Man Of The Year 2017, pictured at Maceo restaurant on rue des Petits Champs, Paris 1ère arr. - photo by Paige Donner copyright 2018
Maceo restaurant on rue des Petits Champs, Paris 1ère arr. - photo by Paige Donner copyright 2018 FOR PHOTO QUERIES: FoodWine.photography
First, though, I sat down with Mark Williamson at his elegant Maceo restaurant which is just a few doors down from Willi's Wine Bar there on rue des Petits Champs just behind the Palais Royal. He filled me in on all sorts of fun tidbits including his Willi's Art Club poster initiative and what it means to be a Rhône Ranger.
Le Vin. Shared pleasure & amitié. Simplement. - image courtesy ©Willi's Wine Bar - To purchase posters click HERE
Mr Spurrier then joined us at the bar and gave me some backstory about L'Académie du Vin and why now is the perfect time to lift it back up and out onto a global stage. He also tells a little bit about his own sparkling wine from Southern England, a venture he and his wife began a few decades ago, now.
So, sit back and relax and enjoy another episode of Paris GOOD food+wine, and if you're truly lucky, you'll be sipping on a glass filled with one of your favorites.
Oh and by the way, cheers to 2018 New Year's resolutions – mine is to drink more fine wines. What's yours?
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