And that is why you decided to write a book about it: Rosé understanding the pink wine revolution? What will be the content?
Yes, it will be out for Christmas. We do not really know about it. There are 90 ways to make Rosé! Last time I tried a Rosé from Loire, they are much sweeter than those we are used to in Provence.
It will not be a consumer guide, but more a guide about the history, the European traditions, its marketing, image, economy, and the different styles and grapes used for Rosé. It will explain why there are so many style and after reading it, you will be able to explain why!
Why did you decided to become a master of wine? And how did it go?
I do not really know why. I started the MW courses in 1993, at this time there were 200 students and only 5 succeeded. Now, there are less students but it is more difficult. In the Masters of Wine, you really need to explain why this Corton Charlemagne is a Corton Charlemagne and why it is not a Chardonnay from California. I think it is important to understand the style, in order to sell it.
I was astonished when I passed the theory part! But the tasting part, I had all the 36 wines corrects and I got only 8/20. The reason was because I did not explain why this Rosé de Provence was a Rosé de Provence. I was so pissed! I did my research report on the clonal selections, at this time it was little known.
According to you, what are the changes in the wine business between 1986 and now?
The quality! In 1986, you could go to a tasting of Mâcon and find only one good wine. Now the quality is really different, you cannot like a wine but it does not taste terrible like before.
And also it used to be the old world (France, Italy, Spain, Germany) versus the rest. Central Europe? Ew! In 1986 in UK, we saw New Zealand and Australian wines coming, and it was so exciting! Every night was about a different tasting. World has changed and we made amazing discoveries. Now in London, and France, this is more established. But in New York and Israel, there are still this energy, this curiosity about all kind of wines.