WINE REVIEW: Smith Devereux La Fleur Rosé, CA ($25)
by Andrew Chalk
Appearance: Copper and Texas sunset;
Nose: Strawberry and roses;
Palate: Medium-plus acid, strawberry flavors, great fruit-acid balance.
I have not had this winery’s products before but apparently they sustainably farm and vintner and founder Ian Devereux White says the release of La Fleur Ca Rosé is dedicated to his mother, Chef Lynne Devereux, while the design pays homage to Devereux’s French ancestry. He stated the following in regards to the upcoming release of La Fleur Ca Rosé:
“It’s a beautiful thing to be able to make a wine that pays homage to my family history and dedicated to the best chef and mom a guy could possibly hope for,”
Founded in 2012, Smith Devereux strives to make inclusive wines that everyone can afford and enjoy. Dedicated to sustainability, the winery uses minimal packaging and shipping materials and no animal products. As vintner and founder, Ian Devereux White is responsible for everything from vine to bottle. Starting his career in the wine industry as the Wine Country Director for 7x7 Magazine, White launched and authored 7x7’s dedicated “Wine Country” page and developed multi-platform marketing campaigns for over 200 wineries. After traveling the world learning and writing about wine and winemaking, he co-founded Smith Devereux with the first vintage releasing in 2012. In 2014, Ian accepted his current role of Wine Director for Modern Luxury’s San Francisco Magazine where he works with writers to support the global wine industry through sponsorships and events, including the Humanitarian Awards, the Napa Valley Film Festival, and SF Magazine Best of Wine Country awards. He is active in a number of local charities and makes philanthropy and giving a part of everything he does.