It’s amazing what a person can learn with their elbows planted firmly on a bar top.

In Paris, the zinc cafés are the looking glass through which one gains access to the local set. The whispered mysteries and legends of the surrounding scene are catalogued or created here with a glass of wine in hand and mouths agape, be it to accept food or drink, or to lavish fellow attendees with a tale.

“Sur Le Zinc” is our version of the neighborhood bar in the form of a blog—under the hood and off the cuff—some spirited bar chatter that gives guests an opportunity to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with the finest winemakers from around the world.