*Listen here to the interview on the podcast Looking Into Wine with authors Bill Nesto MW and Frances Di Savino*
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.
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.