For the past 30 years we have had plenty of cheap, generic rose, but now a new, serious wine category with complexity and challenges is beginning to appear. Elizabeth Gabay’s pioneering book, Rose: Understanding the pink wine revolution is the first expert guide to the rose market as it is today and to where it is going. Gabay begins with a history of rose. Its rising commercial popularity during the past 30 years has been a success story, but it hasn’t necessarily helped to raise rose’s image as a quality wine. In the cellar not only has there been an enormous leap over the past 10 years in the quality of rose produced, but also a growing number of producers are experimenting with different styles, all pink, but different. Viticulture has developed for rose wine production, and Gabay shows how production for premium roses is moving from the harvesting of unripe grapes (for the essential acidity) to planting at higher altitudes and north-facing slopes. She analyses the economics of rose production and the role of Provence as a catalyst for change, before discussing other French roses and pink wines from around the world. Elizabeth Gabay is arguably the world’s leading authority on pink wine and Rose: Understanding the pink wine revolution is essential reading for wine professionals, students and collectors as well as serious wine lovers and wine tourists.
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