John lived in just outside Paris from 1958-1962 while his father was stationed in France. He learned to appreciate French food, wine and the way of life at a very young age, and transmitted this love to his kids.
John-Paul moved to France more than a decade ago to work for a few months as a tour guide. In 2009, John-Paul hosted dinners at his apartment focusing on French regional cuisine, which eventually led to the creation of the successful Culinary Tours of Paris in 2010.
After conducting hundreds of tastings and tours for several thousand clients, we decided to pool together our knowledge to create F & R Wine Imports, LLC., to provide some of France’s best organic and natural wine to an ever growing market in the United States.
John-Paul visits several natural wine fairs per year all over France, whether in Languedoc, Beaujolais, Provence, or in Paris. We spend time getting to know all of our winemakers, visiting them at their homes and seeing how they work in the vines. They have all become our friends over the years and we are very pleased to be able to share the wines of our friends with you!
John-Paul harvesting Gamay in Beaujolais
John tasting wine in Burgundy
Parker's Table at Oakland and Yale
The Wine and Cheese Place- Clayton
Brasserie by Niche
Local Harvest Grocery
The Wine and Cheese Place- Rock Hill
Bistro La Floraison
The Wine Merchant, Ltd.
33 Wine Bar
Cork & Rind
The Wine and Cheese Place- Creve Coeur
Olive + Oak
Maypop Coffee and Garden Shop
Civil Life Brewing Company
Blood & Sand
The Scottish Arms
The Side Project Cellar
The Antler Room
Fox & Pearl
The Town Company at Hotel KC
Big Mood Natural Wines
Underdog Wine Co.- Crestwood
Buffalo State Pizza Co.- Crossroads
Pastaria Deli & Wine
The Lucky Accomplice
Beast Butcher & Block
Pizzeria da Gloria
Saint Louis Hop Shop
Mike's Wine & Spirits- Brookside
Clover & the Bee
Clayton Wine House
Mike's Wine & Spirits- Westport
Timothy's The Restaurant
Wines by Jennifer
Seven Swans Crêperie
Cherry Picker Package X Fare
Grand Spirits Bottle Company
Perennial on Lockwood
Bowood by Niche
Distributors (outside of MO)
Rocksteady Spirits (California)
What makes our wines special?
-The French producers with whom we are working are some of the more sought-after organic and natural wine producers in France itself.
-These producers are all small, environmentally conscious winemakers, many of whom have had little exposure in the United States.
-All are at the very least practicing organic, if not biodynamic and/or natural, winemaking techniques.
-Minimal intervention in the winemaking process- no pesticides, no additives, no enzymes, no chaptalisation, only indigenous yeasts, minimal amounts of sulphur used, if any at all…