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Krista Bender – Sommelier & Writer

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Krista Bender, sommelier and writer


June 13, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CEST
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Café de la Mairie
51 rue de Bretagne
Paris, 75003 France
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Krista Bender is a french-trained sommelier, and writer living in Paris. She has over ten years of experience curating fine-dining food and wine events, creating top-notch restaurant wine lists, and importing and selecting all of the best champagne that you simply can’t get anywhere else!

Krista has also written a memoir while living in Paris, Paris, My Beautiful Madness: A Hedonistic Journey in the City of Light, and is currently writing the sequel! Paris is continuing to amaze her.

The memoir explores not only Bender’s time attending an International Sommelier School in Paris, but also the expat world coupled with the Parisian dating scene. This helped her uncover dark and discomforting truths about how she relates to men. Drawing inspiration from Anthony Bourdain and Candace Bushnell, “Paris, My Beautiful Madness” details the highs and lows of a year of self-discovery, from dreamy brunches in Saint Germain des Près to the grit of a Wine Cellar Confidential.

“Anyone who feels Paris in their bones will love the experiences Krista Bender shares in the pages of Paris, My Beautiful Madness. By turns seductive, sweet and shocking, it’s a story of desire, determination and, always, following your dreams.”
– Amy Thomas, author of Paris, My Sweet and Brooklyn in Love

“Through a blend of personal experiences and a peek behind the curtain of one of the world’s premiere wine schools, Bender presents a memoir that is at once funny, insightful, and bittersweet. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll definitely book the next flight to Paris.”
– Jessica Hatch, author of My Big Fake Wedding



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