French Balk at Changing How Rosé Is Made

Winegrowers in Provence are angered over European Union plans to allow vintners to make rosé wine by mixing together red and white wines. Rosé is traditionally made by leaving the skins of red wine grapes to macerate with the juice for a short time, which tints the wine pink. The solids are then removed. Provencal vintners are lobbying President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government to try to block the EU move, claiming that allowing producers to make rose by any other method would destroy a local tradition. The proposal will be put to a final vote by EU members on April 27.

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