Vino in a minute: Tavel Rosé

Feliz Friday, chicas y chicos! I just wrapped up work and soon I’ll be heading out for a tandoori dinner with the hubby. But first I have to change the blouse I just spilled tea all over, get the mail because I’ve been chained to my desk all day, figure out what that annoying, cow-in-labor sound is emanating from the fridge, and, well, you get the picture.

I don’t know about ustedes, but when I get scary-busy, The Muse pays me a visit and gifts me with a blog idea. In this case, it’s Vino in a Minute. This is a brand-spanking new feature in which I’ll share some lightning-fast insights about a wine I had recently that rocked my mundo.

So get thee to a wine store and check out this week’s selection, Chateau de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé. [El Full Disclosure: I discovered this wine on my own. It was not a sample, nor was it endorsed by a publicist or importer.]

TAVEL LONGWHAT: Chateau de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé (say that 10 times fast!) is a lovely, lively rosé from France’s Southern Rhône region. Tavel is the appellation (see blog post about hot Chilean winemakers for a primer on appellations), and it is the only appellation made up of rosé wines only. It’s made from a classic blend of Rhône grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

WHY: I fell instantly, unapologetically in love with this wine. Maybe it was the rose-petal pink color, maybe it was the hints of watermelon and raspberries, or maybe it was because the first time I tried this wine, my friend Shannon set her condominium’s community grill on fire while making a special chicken recipe. We were both in tears from laughing hysterically, but not so hysterical that I didn’t notice how well-balanced the vino was, and how refreshingly crisp it tasted on the palate. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the chicken was de-lish.

¿CUÁNTO CUESTA? I paid $19.99 for this bottle, but while trolling the InterWeb I saw it listed for $16-$17. Even at $20, I consider this a spectacular value.

WHERE: I bought mine at Bristol Farms here in Los Angeles. You can find it online and depending on where you live, you may be able to order it online. It’s imported by Kermit Lynch.

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