Monday, September 6, 2021

Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rose by Victoria James


Rose has a reputation for being a cheap girly drink-- or at least, it used to. Even though there are still a few holdouts from the rose-hating days of yore, a lot of people have warmed up to the original pink drink. Now it's been rebranded as a young, fun-in-the-sun drink that you enjoy with friends or alone. It's the wine of easy luxury and self-indulgence, and as accessible to wine newbies as it is to so-called connoisseurs. There's a reason that rose is what I reach for when I have my friends over.

I just read this author's other book, her memoir and personal journey to becoming a wine sommelier, WINE GIRL, and I loved it so much that I immediately checked out her backlist. This book happened to be on sale and since rose is one of my favorite types of wines, I immediately snapped it up. DRINK PINK is a history of roses, and it also talks about its origins in terms of both manufacturing and popularity. It's by no means exhaustive, though; this is an overview more than anything.

Originally I was going to give this a three but I'm ramping it up to a four because of the AMAZING recipes in the back for everything from cocktails to entrees. The only thing better than drinking wine is cooking amazing food with wine, and some of the recipes are to die for. I never thought of mixing rose with gin but, um, in retrospect? Totally obvs.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves wine, and especially rose wine. It's nothing mind-blowing but it would make for a fun coffee table book or gift and the recipes, again, look awesome.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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