So much for being able to keep in touch on the road. Felled by a lousy cold and hobbled by lack of hi-speed and wi-fi. This, a bad situation for keeping up with the blog. But now in Paris and last night Melissa Clark and I went back to an old favorite--La Muse Vin. The wines at are still great and priced to rock n' roll. They had three Dard & Ribo's, '03 Hermitage for 45 euro, and the '04 St. Jo and Crozes for 25e and 17e respectively--reason alone to go there to get wine---pour emporter! My favorite imp of a guy doesn't seem to be a partner there anymore, they are stricter on forcing you to order a menu (25 & 30 euro, still cheap) but the food seems hoo hum and besides, there was nothing a non-meat and shellfish eater could get. Never-the-less, the St. Joe was fabulous, all chalk and flowers. Terrific vintage. Now, about Lavinia, a wine store on Rue Madeleine I loved. Since July prices on wine have skyrocketed. Almost everything was on par with New York City prices, which makes no sense. My advice, go to La muse or Cave Insolite to buy wine instead.