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Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally Hardcover – August 30, 2011
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“[Feiring] digs into the natural wine movement in a very smart way.”
“[Feiring] has a deft hand as a storyteller and the book is an engaging read for anyone interested in wine, organic farming, agribusiness, labor standards, and even philosophy.”
“One of the most important wine books in recent years… A very personal book, written in Alice’s disclosing and witty style, telling the story of her search for the roots of the modern natural wine movement. She captures some of the life, edginess and imprecision of natural wine through her encounters with many of the key figures in the scene.”
Bloomberg News, 8/22/11
“The best guide to the [natural wine] movement is Naked Wine by Alice Feiring…Feiring is funny, feisty, self-absorbed and a passionate advocate.”
“Readers will enjoy [Feiring’s] casual prose highlighted with humor, as they learn about the wonders of wine, and why it should be natural (chemical/additive-free). Once immersed in Naked Wine, they may question their own wine choices.”
“An invaluable book for anyone who enjoys wine and wants to know how it is created…What makes this book unique is the style, the enthusiasm and love of the ‘nectar of the gods.’ Highly recommended!”
“I love [Feiring’s] fearless attitude.”
Publishers Weekly, 9/5/11
“A treatise on the joys of wine made with nothing but grapes.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian, 9/13/11
“[Feiring is] the high priestess of natural wines.”
“[Feiring] is a rebel in the world of wine.”
Organic Spa, September/October 2011
Henry’s World of Booze (blog), 9/17/11
“It’s both a voyage of discovery and a snapshot of an exciting time to drink wine.”
Metro Pulse, 9/28/11
“At heart, a book about the pure joy of drinking wine. Just try to get through it without sticking your nose deep into a glass of a good French red. I dare you.”
“Feiring is a dynamite writer, one who easily draws us into her tale. On each page she manages to be both authoritative and vulnerable and always exceedingly honest…Naked Wine is a fantastic read, one that will convert wine drinkers one bottle (or page) at a time.”
“This book solidifies Feiring’s reputation as one of the wine world’s most important writers, and natural wine as a hot topic for coming years.”
50 States of Wine (blog), 10/19/11
“A book that everyone should read.”
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“Feiring describes her adventures with an easy-going inflection. Several of her accounts are quite humorous as well as fascinating…Whether it’s read with a glass of wine or a glass of water, Naked Wine is a compelling read for anyone, and that speaks to Feiring’s talents as a writer.”
Midwest Book Review, October 2011
“Offers a fine survey of the natural wine movement and the author’s own experiences at making wine without additives…A top pick for any wine and food collection!”
“Feiring’s engaging prose makes for a fun read even as she slips in technical explanations in easily digestible sips.”
Washington Post, 11/30/11
“Feiring writes engagingly…Her talent for setting a scene and ripping off a yarn is as evident as ever.”
“A provocative narrative, from one of our most prolific natural wine advocates and writers. This book strongly reflects Alice's philosophy about wine, and her quest for the natural, pure, unmanipulated wines…Whether you agree or not with everything Alice says, this book is beautifully written, funny, inspiring, passionate and above all personal and tenacious in its viewpoint. I loved it.”
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The knock on this book is the narration, at times the author reverts to a fairly median New York neurosis coupled with a subtle lightly masked vintners classism.
She seems to want to make a have and have not list of wine makers based on geography that is almost apologetic and insulting to the non French wine makers.
My take is this... there is a world of wine, a world of terroir; to ignore a wine from California, Croatia, or New Zealand just because of its longitude/latitude is to give
in to a superstition akin to believing that stepping on a crack will break your spine. A good wine knows no history, no allegiance, no flag, it is simply the product of a great
year in the life of this world.
In terms of marketing, these behemoths push out millions of bottles per year and usually pay for, and get, prime shelf space. On the other hand, in absolute numbers, there are far more small to mid-sized wineries around the world working tirelessly to produce delicious, authentic, and stable wines for our drinking pleasure.Read more ›
In this book she reinforces her opinion that making wine in the least invasive way possible is best. While she believes that California does possess a unique terroir, this terroir is often blocked by the heavy use of oak, enzymes, inoculated yeast, and (most offensive to her personally) sulfur. Though she does accept that many winemakers must rely on artificial additions in extreme circumstances (mold or mildew outbreaks, etc...), she does bemoan the homogenization of wine due to the desire of many winemakers to receive positive scores from the two big wine critic publications.
I am a huge fan of wineries that refuse to send samples to the two big critics and I enjoyed learning about some of the producers, both domestic and international, that try and keep the wines clean and (pardon my use of the word) natural. And for the record, I do not think that natural is a word that can EVER be used to describe any commercial wine. The growing of a vine on a trellis or in a vineyard is inherently unnatural. In the wild, natural growing vines will climb trees and produce poor quality grapes that would make very unappealing wine.
But Feiring does share many of the adventures on her quest to discover more about these 'natural wines' as she calls them (and she also apologizes for the use of the term and prefers 'naked' wine). She shares her interesting experience with creating a wine with DaVino, a domestic Sagrantino that tests her will power and the patience of the winemaker in charge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alice presents a great story involving one of my favorite subjects -- producing fruit of the vine in a "natural" way that reflects its environment. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Batya
It's like a rock'n'roll fan book, but for wine -- nice profiles of some interesting winemakers along with a bit too much "Look at me I hang out with the cool people. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Fesenjen
If you're a wine snob looking for a read of another wine snob rutting in the dirt with vine growers, and actually crushing grapes with her feet, and making wine without added... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bob Rooter
That is all I have to say. I like the concept of natural wine, but it starts as a moral opinion first and a scientific argument much later. It should be the other way around.Published 21 months ago by Hannah E.
It all depends on your perspective. Though this book has a bit of a "four legs good, two legs bad," view of the world it is clear that the author and the winegrowers she... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by William Sweat
Never thought of the chemicals and processing that goes into making consistand wine. very much like the consistant beer productions of Bud from AB. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Robert A
I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this book. In general I dislike Alice's writing - I can't follow her ramblings on her blog or in some of her articles. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Thomas J Pace III
Loved this book! I felt like an insider getting to know the world of natural wines along w/ Alice Feiring! Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by dinamo
one of the best book about wine and the people who make it, and why it's vital to keep it natural.Published on November 22, 2012 by Pierre Georget