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on October 7, 2003
This is the only book I could find on the subject and was worth buying - it is full of useful info and all I needed, really, to uncover this neglected subject. There are three colour names for wine, not two, it's as simple as that. Reading this guide was like discovering a secret - it is full of facts. As more attention is paid to Rosé, the market will surely explode because the wines I've discovered recently through using this book have been excellent and easy to obtain. It's definitely worth reading before you buy - there is so much out there, you benefit if you read up on it first.
The book won't fit in a shirt pocket - it measures 19x10cm, so it's too tall, but it does have a splashproof cover. It is in black and white with a small colour section of reasonable quality photographs. It splits Rosé up into four geographic areas - Europe, South America, Lebanon and Turkey and finally Australasia and the Far East. It seems well written - a mixture of useful facts and seasoned recommendations with plenty of asides on related issues (I liked the close up looks at specific labels best). There are chapters on tasting the wine, what food goes best with it and some surprising stuff about what people used to think about Rosé. It's the sort of book you can dip into and re-read.
Apart from the details of which Rosés are worth tasting, most interesting to me were the chapters on how Rosé is made and where to buy it from. I didn't realise how easy it was to get good Rosé, including one place that's just round the corner from me. This book really makes you want to go abroad and buy Rosé directly from the vineyards - something I'm going to do one day soon. Basically, this book gets straight to the heart of the matter.
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