Feisty Feiring

Author, natural wine advocate answers Q&A

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Alice Feiring is a world-recognized, New York-based wine writer with a passion for natural wine and telling it like it is with a sense of humor. Formerly, she was a wine and travel columnist for Time; in addition, she’s been published in The New York Times, New York Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Condé Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler.

Her books include: “The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Saved the World from Parkerization” (2008); “Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally” (2011); “For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture” (2016); and “The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavors from Ground to Glass” (2017).

The Feiring Line is considered one of the best blogs for natural wine (

To what degree is vintage variation good or bad?

AF: With very few exceptions, there are not good or bad; there are just easy and difficult.

Which faults in wine have the potential to make a wine more interesting? Which faults are never acceptable?

AF: Volatility. Brett. To me however, cork and mouse are not acceptable.

After researching your new book, which soils intrigued you most?

AF: I’m totally smitten with very decomposed granite and certain basalts.

Have you ever eaten/tasted dirt? If so, what did you make of the experience?

AF: No. I’ve nestled my nose into it, but eaten it? Nope.

Which questions (about wine) do you hate being asked?

AF: What my favorite wine is. As if there was one clear favorite. I always have to say, can I give you 20?

Any new books/projects in the works?

AF: Perhaps, but I can’t talk about it right now. For the very moment, I’m concentrating on my newsletter ( and fiction.

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