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by Host: Renée J. Johnson
The Rosé Hour Podcast

Mermosa Wines


Today we chat with Desiree Noisette of Mermosa Wines and Ashaki McNeil of Let's Wine About it!

The Official Wine of Boats, Brunch & Beaches

Mermosa is inspired by our family's original mermaid, Celestine Noisette, whose siren-song set her free and inspired generations of strong voices and unstoppable spirit. Join us in a glass and embrace the beauty and power of your own inner mermaid.

Mermosa is inspired by a love story so powerful that it broke the chains of slavery. It's an epic tale of the founder's ancestors, Celestine, a Black Haitian woman, and Philippe Noisette, a white French gardener. They married in the late 1700s and blazed a trail of love and devotion that included Philippe claiming ownership of his wife and children to keep them out of the slave trade in Antebellum South Carolina.

Philippe's great success as a gardener led him to introduce the Noisette Rose, a flower bold and enduring like his beautiful Celestine. Upon his death in 1835, Philippe made sure that all of his money went to Celestine and their children. It could have led them out of the South to freedom, but Celestine took matters into her own hands and negotiated freedom. Her audacious spirit and their eternal love is infused in every sip of Mermosa.

Meet our Founder, Desiree

Mermosa is the creation of Desiree Noisette, an artist, attorney and mother with a passion for spreading her family's Siren Song.  In 2018, Desiree convinced her husband to sell their home and use the proceeds to start Mermosa.  She and her family "went all in" and the journey has been a wild ride.

Today Desiree sits at the head of the Mermosa organization as the President (or "Head Mermaid").  When she is not in her lab creating formulations or designing new packaging, you may find Desiree adorning a mermaid tail - a part of her job that her children love.

"I hope our wines inspire your wildly free experiences and rule-breaking journeys for generations to come." - Desiree Noisette

Our Mission

Celebrate every Mermaid in the world.

Mer maid/ˈmərˌmād/ a wildly free, intoxicating being with a voice as powerful and beautiful as the ocean.

Noisette Rosé

Our Rosé is inspired by the real-life love story of Celestine and Philippe Noisette, our founder’s ancestors - whose love broke the bondages of slavery during antebellum Charleston, South Carolina.

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