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It's Hot in Here July Tasting at Dovini

Escape the Texas heat with us on July 2nd at 7pm at Dovini Italian Grill in Bridgeport, TX, for 'It's Hot in Here,' a refreshing wine tasting designed to cool you down and lift your spirits. I have handpicked five exceptional wines that are perfect for beating the summer sizzle....


Dovini Wine Dinner June 25

Deposit for June 25th Wine Dinner at Dovini.


Let’s dive into a region!

The undisputed empress of rosé is Tavel AOC. 

This region is tucked in the Rhône Valley, France on the right bank of the river.

The legend is that Pope Innocent VI in the 14th century asked the vinegrons of the village to make a wine lighter in color and lower in alcohol than the rich reds of the area.

Using the same grapes that they make those reds with, Tavel rosé was born. They even gave its beautiful color its own name rubis teinté d’or , ruby tinted with gold.







There are 9 varieties authorized for use in Tavel AOC and it can only be rosé.

Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Clairette, Grenache, Bourboulenc, Carignan, Picpoul, and Calitor. Wineries have various recipes for blends of these grapes for their different bottlings. Imagine a Domaine offering 6 or 10 different rosés that are DIFFERENT!



There are around 100 producers in Tavel with approximately 1000 ha (2400 acres) planted.  One of the most sought after terroir characteristics in Tavel is a soil of lauzes or flat, white stones.







I would say that Tavel isn’t the easiest wine to find, but worth the effort for any serious wine lover.

I have a wonderful memory of a dinner at York Street Cafe in Dallas, which is sadly, no longer around. All dinners at York Street were amazing but this particular visit they had THREE Tavels on the list, and I had a glass of ALL of them, one with each course of dinner. It was magical and delicious, as Tavel is a fantastic food wine.

Look for citrus aromas, like blood orange or kumquat, with floral and exotic spice notes. The wines are truly distinct and work well with cuisine rich in spices, like Moroccan or Indian food.


Producers to look for are:

Château de Trinquevedel


Domaine de la Mordorée


Or, if you are very lucky and can get your hands on some … Palai Mignon!