The art of sampling Nice's own wines
The Domaine de Toasc produces Bellet wines. Don't be surprised if you've never heard of them. Most French people haven't either. The appellation (or wine-growing area) is tiny ... barely 110 acres on the hills which rise directly behind the city.
It supports just 12 independent wine-growers, whose production rarely travels much beyond Nice and the surrounding Côte-d'Azur. It doesn't have to, of course. There are quite enough rich consumers to hand to keep the prices interestingly high.
Art for wine's sake
Though not in the Bordeaux of Burgundy class, the wine is nevertheless well worth discovering. The Domaine de Toasc is the best place I know to do so ... not least because it offers a good, English-language welcome.
Book ahead and owner Bernard Nicoletti - or one of his colleagues - will lead you on a 90-minute visit of the domaine, its steeply terraced vineyards and the cellars. You'll also get a look at his cracking little collection of Nice School art from the 1960s and 1970s. If the names Arman, César and Ben mean anything to you, then you'll be happy.
If they don't, then this is an easy way to find out about them - and other artists - without having to tackle the Modern Art Museum in Nice centre.
The visit tops out with a tasting of a variety of wines. I like the slightly gamey reds, though not everyone agrees. The younger whites, on the other hand, please just about everybody.