Marc Sibard GUILTY of sexual assaults and harassment!


Marc Sibard, manager of the reputed Caves Augé shop in Paris, has been found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual harassment and psychological harassment.

Always at the top of any list of ‘influential people in the wine industry,’ Marc Sibard has been one of the most powerful advocates for natural wine in France.

He has been at the head of the inimitable Caves Augé for over 30 years* and, in that time, has inspired, shaped and influenced a whole generation of consumers, sommeliers, winemakers but also, his employees.

* Edited to add: On Monday 10th July, I heard whispers through the grapevine that Marc Sibard may no longer be employed at the Caves Augé… but these are not (yet) confirmed.

* Finally: 31st August – it’s official. Marc Sibard has been fired.

An article on Marc Sibard in la Revue du Vin de France last month. The headline photo also comes from that same RVF article.

Enough was enough for several of those employees who went to the police and made accusations against him.

After close to five years of investigations, the case was heard at the High Court in Paris (Tribunal de Grande Instance) on 9th June 2017.

I was one of the plaintiffs. I worked at the Caves Augé and for the Lavinia group in 2011-12.

In my case, the charges were for two counts of sexual assault and for sexual harassment.

There are other two former employees, who also filed as “partie civile” and for them: further counts of sexual assault, sexual harassment and psychological harassment.

Four other female employees had told, during the investigations, of similar problems they had had with him – which either had been settled out of court or brushed under the carpet.

Today, July 6 2017, we found out that Marc Sibard has been found guilty on all counts; guilty of sexual assault, guilty of sexual harassment and guilty of psychological harassment.

He now has a suspended prison sentence, has to stay off booze for two years and will have a criminal record… but do you know what, right now, the details haven’t sunken in. All my brain can process is that he has been found guilty, that the case is finally over and, thank God, it went in our favour.

If you missed it, this was my (rather cryptic) blog post last month, musing about justice – here.


“Trade Lunch” – a new idea for wine industry people in Paris


A play on the word “trade” being both a description for those within a certain industry as well as an exchange.

The idea is very simple. For wine industry folk who have nothing else planned for their day off, we gather together pour un moment de partage – to sit down and share.

I’ve long been convinced that the wine folk in Paris are more than ready to discover new wines – you might even go as far as saying that I’ve got myself a bit of a reputation here for this fetish.

Rather than being told what to think by a sales rep, the idea of each person bringing a bottle and letting the wine speak for itself seems very appealing.


“If you work in the wine industry, it’s probably because you’re curious, you like to discover new things, and you like to surprise your friends.”


If there is enough support from the community, I envisage that the Trade Lunch will be repeated every 6 weeks or so.

The first one is being held in my apartment – where I often hold supper clubs and wine tastings, if you didn’t already know – but I’m hoping that as time goes by, other people will volunteer to host.

Initial reactions

Arthur Petillault (formerly of L’Hedoniste, restaurant in the 2nd): “one bottle per person, it’s the perfect ratio.

Philippe Cuq (Au Lieu Dit Vin, independant retailer in the 20th): “I think the idea is excellent!

Max (head sommelier at Maria Loca in the 4th) “Super idea. I’ll be bringing something different which I love and I hope that you will all like it too.”

Interested? Click here for the invitation (in French.)

If you are a winemaker or distributor and you would like to put forward a bottle for us to try, please feel free drop me a line.

La Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or


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Fans of craft beers and local produce should definitely pay a visit to this little brasserie tucked away in the Goutte d’Or, the heart of the 18th arrondissement.

Fed up with brewing in the kitchen for his friends, Thierry Roche opened up a bricks and mortar place in 2012. At that time, it was the only beer brewery in central Paris.

Although it may not be immediately apparent, the location actually couldn’t be more fitting. You see, the area is known as la Goutte d’Or (or “Drop of Gold” in English) and the name originates from the distinctly rich coloured wine that used to be made right here until the end of the 19th century. (See here for more on that.) The fact that there is once again a booze producer in the quartier making a golden nectar seems a rather appropriate turn full circle.

Situated so close to Gare du…

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