Noisette Rosé – A Sip of Sweetness & Family History

Bonnibelle ChukwunetaApril 19, 2019
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I recently attended the launch party for the Noisette Rosé, a new wine offering from Mermosa Winery & Boutique. It was a fun local event that took place downtown at the boutique. It was a festive evening and with stunning views of the bay in the back of course. However, it was also a learning experience and celebration of history.

Desiree Noisette is the founder of the boutique and also happens to be a descendant of Philippe Stanislaus Noisette. In South Carolina, some know him as the creator of the Noisette rose, a hybrid flower, that was introduced to the state around 1815. In the Noisette family, however, he’s most known for his love story that made family and Charleston, South Carolina history.

A Love Stronger Than Chains

The older Noisette moved from France to Haiti in the 1700s and fell in love with a woman named Celestine. They married and subsequently moved to South Carolina to start a family. Noisette, a white Frenchman, was forced to count his wife Celestine, a black Haitian woman, as well as their mixed children as slaves in order for them all to live in the same home.

Bill of Sale for Celestine Noisette.

Noisette continuously petitioned the racist law in hopes of one day freeing his family. Shortly after his death, his family was emancipated, spending the rest of their days in the southern state.

I truly had no idea about the connection between the Noisette rose and Desiree’s family. It was interesting to learn that not only was he a horticulturist he introduced the flower, but it’s a well-known flower and forever a big part of South Carolina’s history.

The Noisette Rose story

Noisette Rosé – The Launch

Desiree Noisette and Peggy Clement at Noisette Rosé Launch at Mermosa Winery & Boutique in Downtown St. Petersburg.
Desiree Noisette, owner of Mermosa Winery & Boutique, speaks alongside family historian Peggy Clement.

At the launch, Desiree, family historian, Peggy Clement, and others shared stories of the Noisette rose, their rich history, and their large familial ties that span Florida, Delaware, France, and more. Numerous friends and family poured in from around the globe for what was a special moment.

It was a well-done event and the weather could not have been better. It was a perfect 75 degrees with a sweet breeze blowing and light music to keep us entertained. You could have easily thought the soirée was taking place somewhere in the Mediterranean.

The food was catered by Mazzaro’s (I had to ask). Trays of baked ziti, Caprese salad, succulent shrimp cocktail, various cheeses, meats, and more kept us stuffed. I had two plates of food and took pictures of none of it. That good.

Tampa Bay Posies flower truck at Noisette Rosé Launch at Mermosa Winery & Boutique in Downtown St. Petersburg
Tampa Bay Posies flower truck for the guests!

Tampa Bay Posies were there for guests to make custom flower bouquets and arrangements to take home. This was actually one of my favorite parts of the evening. They were super fresh and smelled heavenly and I loved the no-frills wrap. Desiree sure knows how to please a mermaid.

Tampa Bay Posies bouquet at Noisette Rosé Launch at Mermosa Winery & Boutique in Downtown St. Petersburg
My custom bouquet creation.

The Noisette Rosé

And now, for the rose. Truthfully, I’m not a rose person in the slightest; the few roses that I have tried put me off of roses altogether. However, I’m totally in love with the Noisette Rose and enjoyed it very much.


It’s a still blush and has just the right amount of sweetness in my opinion. It’s definitely the kind of rose you want to pack on ice and go sailing with. I plan on snagging a few bottles for friends and family at some point.

I’m so glad to know Desirée, her brand, and her family’s story. I can’t recommend her fun boutique and delicious wines enough.

The Noisette Rose can be found at Mermosa Winery & Boutique in the Beach District, Downtown St. Pete. You can find the rosé and other popular Mermosa organic wines like Mersecco and Mermosa online.

Noisette Rosé Launch at Mermosa Winery & Boutique in Downtown St. Petersburg
Desiree and yours truly!

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Comments (2)

  • Elizabeth Chukwuneta

    April 23, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Another great exposure for St Pete’s by none other but Miss Belle.
    Good job Nene.

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      April 30, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks mom! 🙂

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