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Elaine Brown alerted to me about a petition that had just gone up on the TTB site. I went right to it. The document is dense. It is complicated. And it is stunning. Now when industry is using less, big wine wants to use more. The TTB should understand that commercial wine and real wine need different governance. If people buy wine in the supermarket they can expect flavorings. If buying what they consider fine wine, then that category should offer the consumer some protections. Most of the petitions have been requested by Gusmer Industries, a sales and wine consultancy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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For no good reason at all---except that I flunk self-promotion, the wines I send out monthly to The Feiring Line Wine Society are cloaked in secrecy. I've a right mind to change that and giving the mono-chrome political climate, it seems correct that I break the silence with Thanksgiving. This year the message is poignant; resist the mono-varietal supremacy and go for the blend. A melange of grapes in a bottle make plenty of sense. These can be perfectly wonderful melting pot way of celebrating the diversity that makes America great, even though some---like the current president elect---see nothing to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at The Feiring Line
The season of 2016 was a disaster in many parts of Europe. Hail. Flood. Drought. Frost. Mildou. Five of the ten plagues. As a result some people in the great tradition of no atheists in a fox hole, stopped their bio or biodynamic practice. It didn't help. No chemical treatment could prevent the disaster. Others kept the faith with the same outcome. But here's the thing. Many people we drink in every vintage had almost nothing to pick. This is the year that people in Burgundy do what the Californian's do---buy grapes. This is the year you get to see... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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The wine list at Fulgurances is filled with natural wines, which I often find a little too cider-y for my taste. But the Le Bégou I had from Maxime Magnon, that the friendly waiter suggested, was a great choice with lunch to go with all the dynamic flavors in the food. My heart rose at the Magnon. It sank at the cider. David Lebovitz, the sublime food writer wrote that Fulgrances review. I love David. He is smart. Funny. Wry. Talented. His recipes always work. All good shit. But it slayed me that-- probably for good reason-- he associated natural... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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"Go ahead, you don't have to stay with me," Ethel said. Ethel, that's my no-longer-89-year-old, still doing the daily drive in from Long Beach to 'the place' on the Bowery, Mom. (Jewelry, if you must know. 82 Bowery. Piccadilly) A few days back she had cataract surgery. At the intake they asked her about her alcohol intake. I answered for her, "Not enough." The nurse wrote it down as two glasses a week. This showed up on the medical chart as uses two glasses a week. Uses? Sips for Kiddush. Glasses? Hah! Thimble-sized vessels! And she fills those thimbles with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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Alert: There is no wine in this post. My mom, Ethel, (Favorite wine? Kedem's Matuk Rouge) is still working. Piccadilly, 82 Bowery. 212-226-5114--tell her Alice sent you. Coat by Linda St. John of D.L. Cerney Not only that, she is the oldest jeweler on the Bowery. She has a dramatic two-hour-each-way-rush hour commute to NYC from Long Beach five-days a week. Why there's not a story on her in the Times Metro section I have no idea. But anyway, people are always asking me for pro tips like how to clean jewelry. Want to know? Give a listen. Download Ethel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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"Vacation?" My friend was incredulous. Did you say you went on vacation? Did you really use that word? I did. She had reason to be shocked. For nearly 30-years the only days off I took were the random day or two when traveling, or when I was able to pinch a long weekend. It was all I could manage financially and emotionally. Vacation was a word that was not in my vocabulary. As a freelancer, envied by employed friends around the world for my 'freedom,' they never truly appreciated how 'un-free' a free-lance writer can be. Yes, I was free... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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The Minerva of Vittoria, Arianna Occhipinti. If you care about natural wines and want to be on the inside track, subscribe. If you already subscribe, spread the word! Here's a taste. oops! The rest if for subscribers only. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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If you're near Hudson, New York this coming Sunday! Come drink. Buy wine and books. Hudson Wine Merchants. Come. Wine & Words. 2-3pm. 341 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534 Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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This Saturday on July 30th. Fabulous tasting, book selling and signing and yes, reading from For the Love of Wine. Where: Cavaniola's 89A Division Street Sag Harbor, NY 11963 631.725.2930 Time: 6-8 Who: Me Why: To give Georgian wines a little love and discover a savior wine shop for the East End What: Wine, talk, literature. What could be better? See you there! Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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Forjas del Salnes Cos Pes Vinos Atlantico And if you want to know what it means, which of course you do, I would expect you'll be seeing it a lot more. Here's what I wrote about it in The Feiring Line. For the only independent newsletter on natural wines, the issues, the people, the techniques and what to drink, you'll want to subscribe to The Feiring Line or at least give it as a gift to your favorite wine geek. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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Last week there was a weed conference in New York City. I put a request into my publicist friend attending, "Edibles!" Instead she invited me to an after-party, complete with secret password, in a not-so-secret place in Tribeca. There would be infused cocktails. I surveyed the options, even though it was vividly chick-red, I went with the Strawberry Fields Forever, seduced by the promise of rhubarb. No surprise to anyone, everyone wants a piece of the upcoming new business that has saved Colorado's financial ass. The pot industry. This past January, I participated in a Market Disruption panel lead by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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In this month's The Feiring Line I took a swan dive into the hype aroundMount Etna. Do they really have it all together or is it a work in progress. Want to take a peek? And.....for the rest of the copy... And for a little visual Etna Gallery Salvo Foti unlocks Bosco That's right, Frank Cornelissen. Eric Nairoo of Vino di Anna makes us lunch The rocks between the vines and Etna? The lave flow from 1981. Impenetrable. In about 200 years it will only begin to start to break down. Rumor has it that a Californian has planted. Below?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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I came across a video with "the kvevri" Giorgi Barisashvili. He's a wonderful man, historian and keeper of the faith, featured in For the Love of Wine, which by the way was featured as a Summer Read in the New York Times. The video takes you on the history, practice and lost grapes in modern Georgian winemaking. It's a wonderful 20-minute tutorial. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at The Feiring Line
Hello Gabriel, Thanks for your contribution. To clarify: The Zimmermanns were a large family spread throughout the Tokaj region. Lipot Zimmermann, seems to have been Gerry's grandfather's grandfather. One of Lipot's sons was Adolph Zimmermann (Gerry's great grandfather). The family is fairly certain that he was the one who built the family compound that is now headquarters for Royal Tokaji. Susy's father owned both the Szt. Tamás and Nyulászó vineyards, in the Mád commune, as well as others spread out. They hold copies of deeds from the 1800s. The Oster's have documents for their vineyards, indeed, as Gabor's site states, scattered over the area. I'm sure it seemed like news from the RT management, but as far as local knowledge and local employees, it was not. Nevertheless, this is a big step forward and pleased this was resolved and now publicly acknowledged.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2016 on The Jewish Winemakers of Mád at The Feiring Line
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I came to caring about Jews and wine early in life but I came to Aszu, the great botrytized wine of Hungary late. I was working for VOS, trying to be a salesperson. I flunked. But I did get to know another aspect of wine, develop more knowledge that served me later, and learned to sneak into the fridge for a little afternoon delight. That would have been a hit of the Tokaji Victor imported. Acidity through the roof made this elixir palatable to me who prefer bitter to sweet. But while I've never written about it--or visited Hungary, I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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At the 2015 Ballymaloe House, KerryGold Literary Festival. I was asked to be on a soil panel, and was too shy to join the others--a move I now regret. There were indeed some ideas I could have pitched into the fire. But being the audience and giving the speakers my full attention was a gift. I hung on every word and now I can share the words with you. You'll want to click that link and listen to why the soil is the gut of the earth. Wait! But first you might want to check out this primer. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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From December's The Feiring Line. The rest is for the subscribers to The Feiring Line, the only independent, reliable source for natural, organic wines. How and what to drink and what issues you need to know about. --Alice Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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The NEXT two people who sign up for the newsletter, get it for a mere $50 (instead of $68) AND a copy of the new paper back release of Deirdre Heekin's fabulous book --(sorry, all gone!) HOW? Sign up for the newsletter. Write me an email (hit the contact button above) and tell me, I want the book! I'll credit you back the $18 discount. Also send along your snail address so we can get it to you. THIS OFFER ENDED MONDAY, MAY 9th. But why should you trust me about the book (or my newsletter?). Here's what Eric Asimov... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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With the weather having devastated so much of Burgundy this season, thoughts are with that region, bursting with life in so many other ways. I loved writing this piece for the World of Fine Wine--pondering what is this thing called Burgundy and is it alive or a museum piece? From Tomoko Kuriyama's FB page, of vines at Chandon de Briailles Please click on the images to make them readable. AND remember--for the definitive guide on natural wine, you do need to subscribe. As Eric Asimov said. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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The night before Passover, about to dip a hunk of sourdough into olive oil, I started to smell a memory; hunting through the darkened house with my grandfather and a candle, a feather and a paper bag. In an inside-out retelling of Hansel and Gretel, my grandfather and I sought the crumbs hidden in corners by my grandmother. That was very long ago. I was as mystified as a teenager just as I was as a precocious baby. The next day, I was in Long Beach with my mom. Just the two of us instead of the crush of relatives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at The Feiring Line
Read about my drinking horn and kitchen tub in the New York Times, by the lovely Ligaya Mishan. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/dining/drinking-horn-georgian-wine-alice-feiring.html?ref=dining Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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When in Verona on the eve of April Fool's Day I remembered a line I wrote in my playwriting days, "I wasn't brought up with me in mind." Why? There we were in the Crowne Plaza in Verona, 50+. This was the welcome for all wine judges for the Five-Star and Wine Without Wine Awards. We waited for dinner, but first the intros from all. When it was my turn, all I could think of was that people were hungry and the introductions could take an hour. So I took it upon myself to be brief, "I'm Alice Feiring and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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Looking for updates, reviews and interviews on the new Georgian wine book? Please head over to my FACEBOOK PAGE. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at The Feiring Line
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In some countries like Canada, a wine can be prevented from exportation merely because it doesn't taste conventional. Outrageous, stupid. Oh those bureaucrats. But let's talk about the French. We can be thankful that the French don't interfere on that level. But man, they sure are not perfect. France's system is the big daddy of legislating what is allowed to be planted where. They also have perfected the wine tasting committee to ensure wines that are qualified get the dignified appellation label to put on their bottle. Trouble is? They are constantly screwing up the notion of what is qualified.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at The Feiring Line