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August 17, 2008|By Chicago Tribune

The Best Wine Bars & Shops of Paris The Little Bookroom; $16.95

This utterly charming book profiles 50 of the best wine bars and shops in Paris. Some of the establishments have been around for more than a century and are where the French stereotype of the cranky waiter in a white apron lives on. But there are also ultramodern shops, the design sleek, the wait staff dressed in casual jeans and sneakers. Some shops are narrow, crammed with dusty bottles and wooden barrels, while others are spacious and airy. As author Pierrick Jegu remarks, "Each cellar has its own approach, its own philosophy of wine." The gorgeous photography by Caroline Rose captures the mood and ambience of each establishment.

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