Rosé: A Guide to the World's Most Versatile
By Jeff Morgan
by Sylvie Greil
first brush with blush wine occurred about 15 years ago.
Fresh off the plane from Germany where we spent a humid
summer sipping cool Rosé by the gallon in bustling
outdoor cafés, we requested a glass with our dinner.
The waiter was confused at first, then corrected himself:
“Oh, you mean blush wine?” We don’t remember
the bottle the juice came from, just that it was indeed
pink, disgustingly sweet and caused an instant headache.
in the New World has come a long way. Just ask Jeff Morgan,
author of Rosé: A Guide to the World’s
Most Versatile Wine. Of course, being a Napa Valley
winemaker who produces dry Rosé and the founder of
RAP: Rosé Avengers and Producers, he’s a bit
biased in favor of pink. But he’s on the right track.
Rosé in America is slowly but surely shedding its
negative image of either being too sweet or simply of poor
quality. It’s no longer outré to “out”
yourself as a Rosé lover.
book examines the versatility of dry Rosé wines.
The reader will learn what a Rosé is and what it
is not. You get the skinny on European pink wines from France,
Spain, Portugal, Germany and Greece. You will learn about
California Rosé pioneers, trendsetters and iconoclasts.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find good pairing suggestions
for this stepchild of a wine, so we especially appreciated
the book’s food and wine pairing section—it’s
very Eurocentric, which we like, too. Try the simple baguette
with butter and prosciutto, pâtes au pistou, or braised
rabbit and lamb. Another good feature: a word on sparkling
Rosé and the tasting guide. Perhaps it’s time
for you to think pink as well.
Pink Values for the Summer
A Few of My Favorite Pinks