How did you get this idea?
A: One night a friend of mine, an importer talked to me until he was blue in the face until dawn. He was truly driving me crazy and I was tired of his haranguing but he gave it one more shot. “Listen to me Alice, you taste more of these wines than any other writer, you need to do a newsletter. Just do it.”
Ok! I will! I shouted back and crawled into bed.
I resisted for two years. And now, I’m giving it a shot and I hope you do too.
But, how can I tell which wines are natural?
A: It's difficult.
Wait! What's natural wine or real wine anyway?
A: There are 200 approved additives allowed in winemaking and a lot of industrial processes allowed as well. Think real orange juice instead of from concentrate. Which one do you want?
The wines I seek out come from responsibly farmed vineyards. The people making them start from the philosophy of nothing added or taken away. In other words: no yeasts, enzymes, tannins, bacteria, defoaming agents, oak chips, acids, reverse osmosis, excessive sulfur...etc. You get the idea.
I get your blog for free. What do I get here for $68?
A: The blog will continue, but the focus will be on the personal, my public place for insights, musings, rantings and timely opinions but will not include wine recommendations.
The newsletter's motivation is journalistic; to give the reader the best information I can about wine, winemakers and issues in the natural wine world. 20-25 recommendations a month. Articles. It is a mini-magazine.
Each issue is to deliver 20-25 wine recommendations, lively wines with purity of expression at all pricepoints.
I have a soft spot for the bargain, but I'll cover aspirational wines as well.
Who signs up?
A: The Feiring Line is for real wine drinkers, importers, trend watchers and retailers. This is a newsletter about real wines for real and thirsty drinkers.
What am I aiming for?
A: If you doubt the right wine can change a life, ask me about it some time.