Meet Mr. Wine Tasting: Olivier Magny visits Rosemary Beach all the way from the City of Lights

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Olivier Magny | Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 05:10 PM.

Americans have such romanticized ideals about Paris — countless gourmet meals, the finest wine, and citizens decked-out in couture fashion — so much so that the European country can seem pretty intimidating.

Thanks to Olivier Magny, a born and raised Parisian, Francophiles have a cheat sheet when it comes to emulating the French lifestyle. And on June 21, locals can meet Magny in Rosemary Beach, where he'll be signing copies of his latest book, "Into Wine."

Magny, also known as Mr. Wine Tasting, wasn't always a wine aficionado or tasting the city's best fare, which is what led him to be passionate about wine and the culture that surrounds it.

"Believe it or not, my mom's a really terrible cook," he said. "I never had gourmet food at home, so it was very appealing to me at a young age."

After graduating from Grande École, a business school in France , Magny left the desk job life to pursue his dreams.

"I got to realize that I didn't want that life," he said.  "I decided I wanted what my heart was telling me — and it was telling me wine."

Magny started working at Hotel de Crillon, a luxury hotel in Paris , and at the age of 23 opened his own wine bar, Ô Chateau. The wine tasting venue and restaurant is the No. 1 wine tasting school in Paris and has taught more than 50,000 people. Magny's approach to teaching? Make it fun.



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