Alice Feiring was raised on Manischewitz but it didn’t take her long to find the better stuff. To Feiring, “better” means wines made from organic viticulture with nothing added and nothing taken away.
Controversial and feisty, Alice Feiring leads an international debate on wine made naturally. She found her métier in 2001 when she wrote an award-winning article for the New York Times, “For Better or Worse, Winemakers Go High Tech.” Through researching the topic she uncovered a world of flavor and aroma changing additives. “Fraud,” she cried, “Give me my wine back!” And then she went to work.
She has helped to define “natural”, uncovered the abuses of ubiquitous terms like “organic” and provoked her readers to share her concerns and passions. Approaching wine from the ground up, Feiring works much like an anthropologist to respect and preserve what is indigenous to wines and their traditions. From the ancient vines of the Canary Islands to the qvevris of Georgia, she unearths century-old practices. She identifies wine that unlocks culture and heritage, methods that reflect and relate human stories.
An early attention-getting blogger, in 2008, she wrote the influential book, The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Saved the World From Parkerization and followed that up with her 2011 Naked Wine, a narrative romp through the history and the personalities of vin naturel. Translations of her books have been published in French, Spanish, Italian and Georgian. Her next book, to be published early in 2016, is an exploration of the natural wines and wine culture of Georgia. In addition she launched The Feiring Line, the only paid-subscription-based natural wine newsletter, enjoyed by drinkers in fifteen different countries.
Alice is the winner of both the James Beard and Louis Roederer Wine Writing Awards. In 2013 she was named Imbibe Magazine's Wine Person of the Year. In addition to her books, she has published numerous essays on life and love. She is the past wine correspondent for Wall Street Journal Magazine and Time and currently freelances for a never ending parade of publications including The New York Times, Town & Country, Wine & Spirits, World of Fine Wine and Newsweek, among others from her tenement apartment in New York City.