Why don't Italians drink Rose?

by Darby
(Umbria (this week))

Rose wine seems very unpopular in Rome.

After a week of being a tourist in Rome I have the overwhelming impression that rose doesn't rate as a wine here.

Most cheap trattoria just don't have any. There is some in the shops but it is less common even than in Australia, let alone France where Rose outsells white. Where is Roy Moorfield and his Rose Liberation Alliance?

Most wine lists I saw were well stocked with varietal whites -Falnghina, Vermenttino, Greco, Fiano etc form the south.

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Nov 05, 2017
Rosè by another name
by: mltatlarge

Mary Louise says:

I have had many a nice Cerasuola in Abruzzo going back to 2013 until recently.

It is a deep pink wine made from the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape. It seems to be growing in popularity over the last 5 or so years.

In Australia, Kangarilla Road makes a super pale pink version called the Monty. Not sure if it is blended with anything else because the colour is really pale.


Mary Louise

Darby replies

I have noted elsewhere that Montepulciano is certainly gaining in popularity in Australia. It has always been popular in Italy, but usually for lower priced wines.

Alternative varietal roses are starting to get some traction in Australia as well.

At the 2016 AAVWS there were 51 entries in the rose class, many of them made with Italian varieties especially Sangiovese. In fact both of the gold medals weerer made from that variety.

But there were plenty of other Italian red wine varieties represented in the Rose class. - Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Rondinella, Aglianico, Nero d'Avola and Primitivo.

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