Soif de Vie

Cave Soif de Vie (Narbonne)

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From the vineyards to the wine shop, all you need is a love of wine! That was the trajectory of Tiphaine Thibert, a trained sommelier who worked at Le Zinc wine bar in Grenoble, then at the Domaine Mamaruta, not far from here, before opening Soif de Vie. Here she offers up oenology workshops and training sessions, all while fine-tuning her selection of organic-centric bottles: Chaume-Arnaud in Provence, Julien Guillot in Burgundy, Josmeyer in Alsace, Giachino in Savoie… not to mention the Romanian, Slovenian and Austrian bottles – like Puszta Libre, a red from Claus Preisinger (€18). But the local references are not to be outdone, between Ouarani, a white blend from the Domaine Inebriati (€20) and Fleur de Cailloux, another white blend from Jean-Philippe Padié (€17), Bouche Bée, a Mourdèdre from the Domaine Les Enfants Sauvages (€14) or even Pézenas in Treccio, a red blend from the Domaine Sauta Roc (€21). Our advice? On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Tiphaine serves tasty nibbles alongside her wines, like tapenade, terrine, fish rillettes or Cantabrian anchovies… // Adrien Nouviaire 

The bullet-proof bottle: The Radiant, a Mourvèdre rosé bottled by Ludovic Engelvin in the Gard department, a far cry from your typical “poolside rosé” (€14). 

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