Connoisseurs of Nice’s wines are a determined lot. The output from Nice’s vineyards is discouragingly small and a small drought can wreck the harvest. It happened last year and the vintners lost 30% of their production. Which explains why the wine is so expensive. Count on spending from €15 to €50 a bottle. Ouch. But there is a sneaky way to sample Nice’s wines. Twice a year the local vineyards have an Open House where you can wander from chateau to chateau, sampling the goodies. The next one will be held on May 8 and 9 and I strongly recommend you head to the hills-of Bellet and Cremat where the vineyards are. The verdict is not yet in on the 2009 harvest but the quality usually ranges from good to excellent.
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