Sommelier David Butler Spills on Le Caviste, His Forthcoming French Wine Bar

Inspiration for Le Caviste: The splendid backbar at Le Baron Rouge in the 12th arrondissement.

It’s been almost a year since David Butler announced his plan to open a French wine bar in downtown Seattle. At last, the former Le Gourmand sommelier will launch Le Caviste (translation: the cellar man) downtown at 1919 7th Avenue in October.

Butler’s hoping to recreate the romance and spirit of his favorite Parisian bar à vins, such as Le Baron Rouge pictured above. And so Le Caviste will be tiny, with seating for 25 or 30 and about 20 wines available by the glass, as well as a small retail selection (around 50 bottles). Vinophiles have been buzzing about the place, which Butler tells me will also have charcuterie and Euro cheeses to nosh with the wine.

In the spirit of living vicariously, I asked David for a few more of his favorite spots to drink wine in the City of Light:

"My favorites in Paris? So many….but the creme:
Le Baron Rouge in the 12e
Le Rubis in the 1er
Au Savignon in the 7e
L'Ami Pierre in the 11e
Bistrot des Halles in the 1er
La Cremerie in the 6e"
Anyone else feeling parched?