Sacha Lichine

IS ROSÉ A SERIOUS WINE?

REVISITING MY THOUGHTS ON THE SUBJECT

New York, New York  August 9, 2020 – During the long, hot days of Augusts past, coveted pink wine from Provence flowed so briskly that the greatest source of anxiety among millennials from the City was that supplies would dry up in The Hamptons, just a short ride on the Jitney from Manhattan where I write now. In 2014, I recall my daughter confirming New York Post reports that desperate Whispering Angel fans were sent on frenzied searches for more rosé. Not this year. (Oh, to have such problems this year!).

With the global shutdown, probably coupled with President Trump's ill-conceived import tariffs on French wine below 14%-alcohol, it seems that there was barely a trickle of Provence rosé to wine shop shelves and, of course, bars are not open and restaurants are just limping along with service limited to outside tables.  There is a particular lack of high-quality rosé. Such a shame, especially because the 2019 vintage from Provence is stellar.

Will this state of affairs lead marketers to focus on meditation and journaling in their advertising rather than pool quaffers, as Katherine Cole suggests in her SevenFiftyDaily piece (May 25, 2020)? Or, also as Cole wrote, will there be a greater emphasis on quality, including characteristics such as terroir which is not generally discussed in rosé reviews?  Alternatively and far less palatable, Cole also touches on an inchoate practice that some...
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TV5Monde produces new documentary: Rosé, La Revolution du Palais

Have you seen Rosé, La Revolution du Palais, a TV5Monde documentary about the explosive growth of rosé? If not, we at Provence WineZine have got your back.

TV5Monde (pronounced, in French: ‘te ve sɛ̃k mɔ̃d’), previously known as TV5, is a world-wide television network that provides several channels of French television. ("Monde" means "world" in French.) Available through most cable and...
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INVITE SOME ROSÉS TO DINNER THIS HOLIDAY

Last May, I had the great pleasure of attending the biannual “Tasting Supper” at Blantyre, the luxurious Tudor-style manor tucked into 117 forested acres of the Berkshires, in Lenox, Massachusetts. Part of the posh Relais & Châteaux collection of luxury properties, it’s not surprising that our seven-course meal was exquisite in every way. (Proprietor Ann Fitzpatrick Brown would not have it any other way.) It is etched into my memory for the beautifully prepared
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MY DINNER WITH SACHA LICHINE

When the invitation for dinner with Sacha Lichine popped up on my screen, I couldn’t help but think of my grandfather.

Just above my desk, wedged into the middle of a crowded shelf, stands a faded purple book entitled “Wines of France.” The book belonged to my grandfather and the author was Alexis Lichine, Sacha’s father, otherwise known as “the Pope of Wine.”
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