Navarro's tasting room opened in 1980; Pat Daniels was our first sales employee and soon became tasting room manager. She continues to greet Navarro's old friends with a smile; please bring your family to visit this summer and remember to smell the roses.
When you come into Navarro's driveway this summer, don't be shy about stopping to smell the heirloom roses that are planted along the driveway. The flowers are at their best with the first blooms of summer. The reason that it is traditional to plant roses adjacent to grapevines is that roses display symptoms of mildew a few days before grapevines, a kind of natural warning system for the grape grower. Nothing says summer at Navarro more than a full blown “Peace” rose or a glass of our crisp, dry Rosé. This 2012 Rosé is a blend of the two red grapes that are often blended in Provence or Tavel in the southern Rhone. These red grapes thrive in sizzling growing conditions. Happily, with minimal three hours of skin contact, the resulting wine is light and refreshing enough to enjoy on a hot summer day.