The aperitif served was “Tattinger Prestige,” a special champagne, which was buttery, smooth, and refreshing, and sold uniquely to restaurants and cavistes – a bubbly delice (delight)!
After discussing my preferences in wines with the owner, I was served her selection of six different wines to taste: 2 white, 2 red, 2 rosé (4 cl. / 1.33 oz each).
The food platter was composed of chorizo, coppa ham, two types of salami (rosette and rosette poivrée), smoked ham (jambon cru de montagne de l’arrière pays Niçois), along with salad.
The cheeses were right to left: St. Nectaire, Camembert au lait cru, and Chatource (pronounced like the French words for cat (chat) and bear (ours).
The dessert, ordered à la carte, was a mix of strong individual flavors, and just enough to satisfy the tastebuds and top off my stomach.
I noticed a lot of box wines on the shelves; in the U.S., box wines are generally thought of as very ordinary, inexpensive, table wines, so I was curious about the French versions.
In speaking with Marie Luce, the owner, she told me that their “bag-a-box” wines are the same high quality (like bottled) wines, and once opened, last 4-6 months. The box quantity equals 25 glasses (12 cl.) and/or 4 bottles (75 cl.) of wine.
I ended up buying a white box wine, which was placed inside a cloth, shopping-type bag, personalized with their name – a nice, reuseable souvenir to remember great ambiance, food, wine, and let's not forget to mention the champagne!
VINOMANIA at 19, Rue du Maréchal Joffre, Nice; Tel: 04 93 91 23 38
|Lemon pound cake with caramel ice cream & whipped cream|
|Degustation, plat (une ardoise)|
|The cheeses were right to left: St. Nectaire, Camembert au lait cru, and Chatource (pronounced like the French words for cat (chat) and bear (ours)|
|Wines from right to left:|
Vin de pays de la Loire; Vin de pays de Gascogne; Pessac Leognan; Saint-Estephe; Cotes de Gascogne; Rosé de la Loire
|Cloth bag souvenir|