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.
Simon is an award-winning English wine and drinks writer, currently clinging to mainland Europe in Amsterdam. He is somewhat obsessed with orange wines. Wine has been his muse for the last 20 years. Originally he just drunk the stuff, then started studying it. His writing career began with this site in 2011. He is the author of Amber Revolution, the world’s first book to tell the full history of orange wine.
Simon contributes regularly to Decanter and Meininger Wine Business International. He’s also written for Punch Drink, Jancis Robinson, timatkin.com, Palate Press, Harpers online and Catavino.net amongst others. There’s more detail in this interview by Wink Lorch, which first appeared in CWW quarterly.
“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