A must-have volume for all wine lovers and those who love orange wine
Updated edition–New in paperback
New York Times Best Wine Book of the Year Forbes Magazine Notable Wine Book of the Year Star Tribune Great Wine Book of the Year
Written by renowned orange wine expert and award winning writer Simon J. Woolf, Amber Revolution is the world’s first book to tell the full, forgotten story of this ancient wine (white wine made like a red wine) and its modern struggle to gain acceptance. It is a tale of lost identity, the fight for survival, and pioneering winemakers—from the Caucasus to the Adriatic.
White grapes are left in contact with their skins for days, weeks or months during fermentation, creating stunning complexity, unusual aromas and intense flavors. The extended skin contact gives these wines bold amber, russet, or orange tints. The technique is ancient, but the hype is new and fast growing.
This book includes profiles of 180 of the best producers from 20 countries worldwide and is crammed full of all the information you need to find the best orange wines worldwide together with tips for how to buy, enjoy, food-match and age them.
Beautifully illustrated with over 150 specially commissioned photos, Amber Revolution is an essential reference work for any wine lover, sommelier, retailer or producer who loves orange wine.
About the Author
Simon J. Woolf is a wine writer and award-winning author of Amber Revolution: How the World Learned to Love Orange Wine, winner of the Roederer Wine Book of the Year Award 2019 and selected New York Times Best Wine Book of 2018, Forbes magazine Notable Wine Book of 2018, and Star Tribune Great Wine Book 2018. He specializes in writing about the developing natural wine niche, including organic and biodynamic winemaking. He is the founder and editor of The Morning Claret, and writes for the international wine press including Decanter magazine, Wine Business International, and Noble Rot. Simon recently authored The Wine Lover's Bucket List: 1,000 Amazing Adventures in Pursuit of Wine, an inspirational compendium of ideas for global wine travel.
“An absorbing book… Magnificent photography… Excellent story….” — Eric Asimov
“Great read for wine lovers... [An] approachable deep dive into one of wine’s most fascinating and controversial realms.”
“Timely and very readable….” — Hugh Johnson
“Simon Woolf’s highly readable book explores the history and production of the wines in their spiritual homes: Slovenia, Friuli and Georgia … wonderfully illustrated ….”
“In Amber Revolution, Woolf is at his best, combining personal narrative with historical research and a handy reference guide, while debunking the myths surrounding orange wines.” — Suzanne Mustacich
“Fascinating, deftly written... Will tell you everything you need to know about this long-hidden tradition.” — Andrew Jefford
“Nobody knows more about orange wine and its fascinating history than Simon Woolf, and nobody writes better about it.” — Felicity Carter, Editor
“Witty, precise and well written with Simon Woolf’s unique and signature style, this book will definitely become the ultimate reference for orange wines.” — José Vouillamoz