Winery Focus

A Dirty Encounter

Hey there, wine aficionados!

I’ve got a story for you that involves dirt, unexpected guests, and a memorable tasting experience with Chateau d’Aquaria Tavel Rosé. Buckle up for a wild ride!

Picture this: I had the incredible opportunity to meet Ralf Garcin, the winemaker behind Chateau d’Aquaria. I’m excited- I’ve sold the man’s wines for over a decade. Now, let me preface this tale by saying that I run a small business, and our meeting was scheduled to take place at my house instead of my usual warehouse. Little did I know, this decision would make it a truly unforgettable encounter.

In the days leading up to the tasting, I found myself knee-deep in a gardening project. My husband and I were up to our elbows in dirt, transplanting boxwood shrubs. And of course, Murphy’s Law came into play—yes, I forgot to put the tasting appointment on my calendar.

Fast forward to the appointed time, and the doorbell rings. I opened it, expecting a food delivery, but instead, I was greeted by a wine rep and the impeccably clean Ralf Garcin. Meanwhile, I stood there covered in dirt, a true sight to behold. Talk about an embarrassing moment!

After a hasty sink-scrubbing session, we sat down to taste the wines. They, looked sharp in their crisp, white shirts, and I, a complete mess. But you know what? Sometimes the most unconventional moments make for the most memorable experiences.

Amidst my dirty appearance, I sipped through a vertical tasting of Rolf’s masterpieces, ranging from 2022 to 2017 vintages. Ralf shared fascinating stories about Chateau d’Aquaria’s four-hundred-year history, their dedication to biodiversity, and achieving organic certification. I even learned about the sheep they let roam among the vines to keep things in check and provide natural fertilizer. Ralph was too much of a gentleman to allude to the fertilizer that clung to my shoes at the time. 

Now, let’s talk about the wine itself. Chateau d’Aquaria Tavel Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Clairette. It boasts an alluring bouquet of rose petals, ripe strawberries, and a subtle hint of spice. It’s a wine that surprises and delights with every sip, whether you’re sipping it on a sunny patio or indulging in a delicious meal.

So, my fellow adventurers, I invite you to enjoy a sample of different styles of rose. This three bottle selection includes the unique Chateau d’Aquaria Tavel Rosé, as well as two other French sippers. Rosés from Provence are fresh, fruity, crisp and dry. Tavel rosés showcase red berries, almonds and floral notes. Rhône Valley Rosés show the the red fruit notes of Tavel with the citrus notes of Provence. Explore a few new bottlings and see what suits you best. 

If nothing else I hope you got a laugh out of my misadventure. Let’s raise our glasses and celebrate the unexpected moments that make life so much more interesting. 

Cheers to dirt-covered tales and unforgettable wine experiences!

Yours in wine,

Michelle Rossotti

The Grape Lady