On her blog The Feiring Line wine writer Alice Feiring describes her quest for " the Leon Trotskys, the Philip Roths, the Chaucers and the Edith Whartons of the wine world." We're not sure exactly what this gang of four have in common, or what it would mean for a winemaker to be included in such august company, but just the fact that Alice can think her way along crooked pathways of this sort without losing her way is what attracts us to her writing. Feiring's latest book, "Naked Wine: Letting grapes do what comes naturally" is a meditation on the so-called natural wine movement,its history, personalities, and technical (or non-technical, if you prefer) repertoire.
Since it's nearly impossible to get any the actors in this ongoing drama to agree on what the goals of the movement are (or indeed, whether anything as a coherent as a 'natural wine movement' actually exists), and that the whole thing seems held together by a combination of romantic sentiment, unverifiable claims, and oversize personalities, Feiring's task is daunting, but it's one she manages with skill and flair. I'll be reviewing the book here in a subsequent post.
You can meet Feiring tonight (Thursday, December 1) at Farfalle Italian Market at 26 Concord Crossing in Concord where she will be reading from her new book and signing copies from 6-8 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are requested. Call 978-369-2900.
Tell her Gustav Mahler sent you. She'll know what you mean . . .