Château d’Aquéria Tavel Rosé 2011

by Nannette Eaton on August 19, 2013


“You’re here!” Isabelle danced up to them in delight, carrying a glass of fuchsia liquid, which she thrust at Clary.
“Have some of this!”
Clary squinted at it. “Is it going to turn me into a rodent?”
“Where is the trust? I think it’s strawberry juice,” Isabelle said. “Anyways, it’s yummy. Jace?” She offered him the glass.
“I am a man,” he told her, “and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown.”
“Brown?” Isabelle made a face.
“Brown is a manly color,” said Jace”

– Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

Château d'Aquéria Tavel Rosé wine from Rhone France on a cobalt Mexican table We have nothing against bourbon, but Wine Harlots are here to tell you, real men drink pink. Dry rosés rock. The Château d’Aquéria Tavel Rosé is a compelling fuchsia (manly, not sweet sixteen pink) that’s crisp and bright with subtle red fruit and earthiness, the Château d’Aquéria Tavel Rosé ain’t your grandma’s rosé. Sophisticated and smart, Wine Harlots love pairing it with barbeque, and rosés are excellent paired with shellfish, or try the unusual (and unusually delicious) Strawberry & Leek Quesadilla from Eat Boutique. The music match for a classic rosé is “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles. 

The details: 14% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Tavel. Grapes: Grenache 45%, Syrah 14%, Clairette 12%, Cinsault 12%, Mourvèdre 10%, Bourboulenc 6%, Picpoul 1%. Actual retail ranges from $12-19 USD. Imported by Kobrand. The wine was a sample provided for editorial consideration.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013

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Rich Reader August 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

There was a time not long ago when wineries that did not have the wherewithal made too much of the pink wine, causing it to lose favor. Natural forces came into play, driving out the pretenders. This was never the case in Tavel, because the only style of wine that they make is Rosé, and because they are the only AOC to confine itself strictly to the production of Rosé.

As for the so-called “real men”, the real ones have learned that the more and the better pink that they drink, the more and the better is the pink that they eat.

My apologies in advance to the arbiters of grammar and other disgustapating forms of propriety.

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