Naked Wine by Alice Feiring
Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally

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Naked wine is wine stripped down to its basics—wine as it was meant to be: wholesome, exciting, provocative, living, sensual, and pure. Naked, or natural, wine is the opposite of most New World wines today; Alice Feiring calls them “overripe, over-manipulated, and overblown” and makes her case that good (and possibly great) wine can still be made, if only winemakers would listen more to nature and less to marketers, and stop using additives and chemicals. But letting wine make itself is harder than it seems.

Three years ago, Feiring answered a dare to try her hand at natural winemaking. In Naked Wine,she details her adventure—sometimes calm, sometimes wild, always revealing—and peers into the nooks and crannies of today’s exciting, new (but centuries-old) world of natural wine.

 

About Alice Feiring

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Alice Feiring is an award-winning food and wine journalist, frequent magazine contributor, and author of a previous book on wine. She lives in New York.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 242 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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Wine journalist and blogger Feiring (The Battle for Wine and Love, 2008) returns with accounts of her interviews with winemakers and with her own endeavor to make a “naked” wine (no additives or other extrinsic evils).

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Publishers Weekly

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With a title as loaded as that of her first book on wine authenticity (The Battle for Wine and Love), Feiring’s new offering is a treatise on the joys of wine made with nothing but grapes.

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New York Journal of Books

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Perhaps you will decide that natural wine is not for you, or perhaps you will become a convert.”Alice Feiring’s first book, The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization, may be summarized as: Alice Feiring discovers wine, discovers that she is pickier about wine than ...

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Portland Book Review

Feiring also reveals that a wine study conducted by the Pesticide Action Network Europe “showed that twenty-four pesticide contaminants, including five classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic, or endocrine interactive, showed up in over 75 percent of their samples.” There is a movement ...

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Palate Press

Alice Feiring has become a bit of a controversial figure in the wine world, through her advocation of natural wine in its strictest (yet perfectly sensible) definition: nothing added, nothing taken away.

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