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Rosé

Understanding the pink wine revolution

By: Elizabeth Gabay MW

Publication date: January 2018
ISBN-13 (print): 9781906821937
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902714

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This expert guide to rosé begins with a history of rosé and its developing economics and viticulture, analysing the role of Provence as a catalyst for change, other French rosés, and pink wines from around the world. Essential reading for wine professionals, students and collectors, as well as serious wine lovers and wine tourists.

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Rosé has seen a huge boom in sales over the last twenty-five years. Popular particularly with younger drinkers, its move into the spotlight seems to be part of a fashion for all things pink. The wines are often thought of as fresh and undemanding but while for many that is part of their appeal, here Master of Wine Elizabeth Gabay reveals the other side of rosé, discovering wines (some unavailable beyond the winery steps) that are every bit as complex and intriguing as their red and white cellarmates.
After taking us through the history of rosé and discussing varieties and winemaking methods, Gabay turns her attention to the regions where rosé is made, first introducing us to historic wines such as Tavel, Cigales and Rosé d’Anjou. She next journeys to the heart of the revolution, Provence. The region’s pale-hued wines have become the height of fashion, with wineries owned by Hollywood stars and wines such as Garrus commanding premium prices. Unsurprisingly this has led to much emulation, but as Gabay continues her global rosé investigations she discovers that pale is not the only interesting form of rosé.
Indeed, one challenge for rosé producers is persuading drinkers to look beyond the colour, for as Rosé demonstrates these wines come in a huge variety of styles. From traditional clairet rosés made using the saignée method to vins gris, natural wines and experimental styles, produced as far afield as British Columbia and Marlborough, California and Crimea, Gabay has tried (nearly) all of them. The result is a detailed yet conversational book that will provoke discussion among those in the industry, wine aficionados and students.

Pages: 336
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
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Elizabeth Gabay MW

Elizabeth Gabay MW has been in the wine trade since 1986. She has written about and lectured on rosé wines extensively, and has judged at Decanter’s annual World Wine Awards as well as at many other competitions, including the Mondial de Rosé, the Guide de Vins de Provence and for magazine panel tastings for Decanter and Drinks Business.

Books: Rosé

A collection that represents three of today's hottest trends in wine and spirits. In Rosé, Elizabeth Gabay MW explores the wines behind the huge recent boom in the popularity of pink wines and discovers that far from merely being fashionable and undemanding, the wines created by today’s rosé producers are every bit as complex and intriguing as their red and white cellarmates. In Spirits Distilled spirits guru Mark Ridgwell looks in detail at all forms of spirits – from whisk(e)y to brandy, tequila to gin – discovering the stories behind the drinks as well as details of how each is made, all accompanied by a selection of cocktail recipes from mixologist Michael Butt. The third book in the set, Biodynamic Wine, sees eco-wine expert Monty Waldin detailing the theory and practice of one of the most important current trends in viticulture and winemaking, with producers from Bordeaux to the Barossa Valley and Chablis to California discovering the remarkable effect converting to biodynamics has had on their wines.