In an effort to stimulate lagging wine exports and compete with growing Southern Hemisphere markets, the European Union is preparing to modify some laws that regulate the winemaking process. One of these changes will expand the definition of rosé, a modification that is welcomed by some winemakers who are eager to explore new processes, but reviled by some traditionalist French vintners. The pinkish wine is traditionally made by crushing red grapes and fermenting the juice after it has been drained from the skins, but the new legal definition will allow winemakers to create rosé by blending red and white wines. The wine reform plan has not yet been passed, but the E.U. reports that 27 states have given their initial approval of the laws, including France.
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