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First-time author Ivey, his wife and friends were enjoying a languid afternoon in France, sipping their favorite rosé and conversing in stilted French with a woman at a neighboring table, a vintner who claimed to have the palest rosé in all of France. Due to a misinterpretation on Ivey's part, he offers to find an even paler bottle within a year and submit it for her review. Soon, Ivey and Co. are off to Paris to meet with the first of many experts who will guide their journey. The trio winds their way through Champagne and other regions with varying degrees of success. A turning point comes when they taste a darker rosé that eclipses the best varieties of pale rosé, causing them to wonder whether or not pale rosé is the be-all of rosés. Ivey does an admirable job of setting the scenes, but the people he encounters never become more than his descriptions, and they pop in and out so quickly that it's difficult to keep them straight. Ivey never makes his journey the reader's journey, and the story leaves the reader in the dust without so much as a sip of wine for solace.
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“As with rosé, the ultimate fun wine...what counts is atmosphere, wit and of course amusing French people. It's great fun to read, especially if you enjoy sticking you nose into all sorts of little-known corners of France. The Iveys...can't help but enjoy themselves, and so will readers.” ―Eric Asimov, The New York Times' blog, "The Pour"

“A light, entertaining tale.” ―Wine Enthusiast

“Witty escapism for those who enjoy, or enjoy reading about, good wine, good food, and good travel.” ―Library Journal

“Delightfully quirky debut….Full-bodied.” ―Kirkus

“In this carefree, breezy romp through the vineyards of Southern France, Jamie Ivey infuses a simple wine with the beauty of the countryside. Ivey will change the way you think of--and drink--rosé forever.” ―Natalie McLean, James Beard Award-winning publisher of Nat Decants at www.nataliemaclean.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236931X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marie Leppard on October 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Extremely Pale Rosé is a wonderful book for anyone who loves Provence or for anyone who wants to learn more about this special part of France. I'm one of the former and reading this book made me wish I was back there right now. Jamie's writing style is easy to read and the story holds your interest. There's lots of good, accurate information and you really feel you get to know Jamie, Tanya and Peter as you go along for the ride on their quest. Once you open this book and start reading, it's easy to forget the world around you. So, pour yourself a nice chilled glass of Provencal rosé and lose yourself in this fabulous book.
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By JHSP Dunn on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
i tell you, this book was the surprise hit of the summer for me. i picked it up as i like travel and drink and liked the premise of the challenge in the story. i thought it'd be a gentle read that i'd dip in and out of, but i found i couldn't put it down. you get really involved in the characters as they search through france on their quest. before you know it you've found out a great deal about wine, france, how comic/kind/annoying/helpful the french can be. i didn't expect it to be as amusing as it is - from beginning to end, it kept me chukling to myself. it was beautifully written and i think anyone who's ever dreamt of searching for a better and more uplifting alternative to their daily drudge should give it a go. uplifting! more please, mr ivey!
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This book is a dream come true for a francophile and oenophile. The author is extremely witty. His descriptions of the characters
he meets are hilarious. We are treated to a summer holiday story that starts as a lark. Jamie, his wife and his friend, Peter are scouring French vineyards for the palest rose in France. We learn an astounding amount about French terroir and wine-making in France. We learn about French mores & we see Jamie and Tanya falling in love with Provence. It is a charming travel tale that has a great deal of suspense as we wonder if they will meet the deadline & find the palest rose before harvest. The second story is that Jamie and Tanya are disenchanted
with their life in London & yearn to find a way to make a living in Provence. One does not want the book to end and knowing that there are
3 more sequels is a great consolation. I loved these people and their story!
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Format: Hardcover
EXTREMELY PALE ROSE: A VERY FRENCH ADVENTURE will appeal to any who love France and French food and travel. It recounts the author's journey as he and his family travel the south of France in quest of rose wines. Rose is commonly viewed as a poor man's wine, but the paler it gets the more the Brits relish it and the more the French scoff. A translation problem sends Jamie on a quest for the palest rose in France, and their visits to wineries, rose-producing regions and local byways provide a lively, fun story of a hilarious quest.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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What a delightful read for a Francophile. One gets a marvelous sense of the country, its ordinary (and extraordinary) people and how they live their lives. Really didn't want it to end and the good news is there's a sequel: La Vie en Rose and a delightful website. So it really doesn't have to end.
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A fun combination of travel memoir and wine guide, with quirky main characters and a beautiful backdrop of France. Lovely summer vacation read for anyone who loves wine or France.
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