The Dirty Guide to Wine

By Alice Feiring and Pascaline Lepeltier (As told to)
The Dirty Guide to Wine Cover

Published by Countryman Press
1st edition June 13, 2017

About The Book

Discover new favorites by tracing wine back to its roots

Still drinking Cabernet after that one bottle you liked five years ago? It can be overwhelming if not intimidating to branch out from your go-to grape, but everyone wants their next wine to be new and exciting. How to choose the right one? Award-winning wine critic Alice Feiring presents an all-new way to look at the world of wine. While grape variety is important, a lot can be learned about wine by looking at the source: the ground in which it grows. A surprising amount of information about a wine’s flavor and composition can be gleaned from a region’s soil, and this guide makes it simple to find the wines you’ll love.

Featuring a foreword by Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, who contributed her vast knowledge throughout the book, The Dirty Guide to Wine organizes wines not by grape, not by region, not by New or Old World, but by soil. If you enjoy a Chardonnay from Burgundy, you might find the same winning qualities in a deep, red Rioja. Feiring also provides a clarifying account of the traditions and techniques of wine-tasting, demystifying the practice and introducing a whole new way to enjoy wine to sommeliers and novice drinkers alike.

8/25/17 Manchester Food & Wine Festival Northshire Books, Manchester, Vermont

"Think of the last glass of wine you ordered. Odds are you chose a style you typically like, say a crisp Pinot Gris or a spicy Zinfandel. Maybe you considered region—the Loire Valley or Napa Valley, Bordeaux or Barossa. But in a wine culture where varietal and region have become the default deciding factors, wine writer Alice Feiring is offering a perspective that goes back to the root or, rather, the dirt. “For centuries it wasn’t Pinot Noir, the wine was called Beaune. It wasn’t Cabernet; it was wine from Napa… Until very recently a wine’s place was far more important than the grape,” Feiring explains in the introduction to her new book, The Dirty Guide to Wine."

"Dirt Don’t Hurt: The Dirty Guide To Wine Is On Bookstands Now Gazing into the depths of a glass of wine, our thoughts might wander to the region or grape variety—but how many of us think about the dirt? Natural wine is naturally intertwined with the concept of terroir, taken directly from French, and derived from the word terre (literally dirt). The idea being, the fewer manipulations made to a bottle of wine, the more you’ll be able to taste its place. But can we truly understand that notion without first understanding the dirt itself? If you’re a natural wine lover, or just natural wine curious, writer Alice Feiring should already be on your radar. Feiring is a James Beard award winner, publisher ...."

About The Author
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.” In the course of researching this issue she uncovered a world of flavor and aroma manipulation. “Fraud!” she cried. “Give me my wine back.” And then she went to work. She since has helped to define “natural”, uncovering the abuses of ubiquitous terms like “organic” and inspiring her readers to share her concerns and passions.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. Her latest book, For the Love of Wine, my odyssey through the world’s most ancient wine culture, published March 2016, and is an exploration of the natural wines and wine culture of Georgia.The Dirty Guide to Wine published in June 2017. In addition she launched The Feiring Line, the only subscription-based natural wine newsletter, read by drinkers and industry in eighteen different countries.

Alice is the winner of both the James Beard and Louis Roederer Wine Writing Awards. Most recently For the Love of Wine won a Gourmand award for best USA wine book in 2016. 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 TimesWine & Spirits, World of Fine Wine and Newsweek, among others from her tenement apartment in New York City.