It was gray and rainy last Wednesday in New York, yet all was rosé inside Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking District. More than a dozen producers from Provence were pouring their rosés from the 2008 vintage.
I started in the wine business in late 1990, selling Burgundy at retail. At that time, the release of the 1988 vintage, the new kids on the block from Burgundy included Dominique Lafon , Christophe Roumier , Etienne Grivot , Jean-Nicolas Méo , Patrick Bize and Pascal Marchand.
While the Champenois had reason to celebrate the 2008 harvest , which looks very promising in terms of quality, the year was not kind to sales of bubbly. Shipments to the United States decreased nearly 21 percent from 2007, to a little more than 17 million bottles.
In a recent blog post, I mentioned that the 2008 harvest had turned out to be a potentially great year for the unique sweet wines of Hungary's historic Tokaji region; the weather was perfect for the development of the botrytis, or noble rot, that dehydrates grapes and concentrates their sugars.
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