I’m not one for organized tours but sometimes when you’re cruising it just makes sense. I mean part of the benefit of cruising is the convince of being taken around so why not extend it to land on this type of vacation.
While docked in Monaco for two days we decided to take advantage of being so close to Nice and we signed up for Oceania’s Flavors of Nice wine tasting. The trip took about 45 minutes — and these particular French roads weren’t scary. Plus it’s really a beautiful drive!
The tour was bookended with walking around the city with a guide from the bus and little headphones that screamed tourist. But we had a bit of free time before the wine tasting to grab some wine along the riviera.
Our guide throughout the tasting was particularly good (unfortunately, Miles and I can’t remember his name, I’ve reached out via email and haven’t heard back yet, hopefully we’ll be able to update this post soon). He was quite a showman. Most entertaining wine tasting I’ve ever been to! Perfect balance of great wine, delicious canapés, and entertainment!
He really captivated the room as we were cozied up in what felt like an ancient cellar with our wines and perfectly paired canapés featuring French cheeses. We tasted a white, rosé, and a red. He obviously told us about the soil, what made it unique that would thus make the wine special, how they make the wine and such which was interesting.
But where he was really able to transcend was with his humor. My favorite was when he mentioned how dry and delightful his rosé was versus that “White Zinfendel cat piss coming out of CalEEEfornia” — the whole room crack-ed up.
At the end he hoped everyone had a good time. Thanked us all for coming. And said that everything he said was “bullshit” and you should just “drink what you like”.
We bought two bottles of rosé. And we’d totally go back!
Cave Bianchi 1860
7, rue Raoul Bosio | Nice, France