The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 5, 2009 - Cooking - 288 pages
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"I want my wines to tell a good story. I want them natural and most of all, like my dear friends, I want them to speak the truth even if we argue,” says Alice Feiring. Join her as she sets off on her one-woman crusade against the tyranny of homogenization, wine consultants, and, of course, the 100-point scoring system of a certain all-powerful wine writer. Traveling through the ancient vineyards of the Loire and Champagne, to Piedmont and Spain, she goes in search of authentic barolo, the last old-style rioja, and the tastiest new terroir-driven champagnes. She reveals just what goes into the average bottle—the reverse osmosis, the yeasts and enzymes, the sawdust and oak chips—and why she doesn’t find much to drink in California. And she introduces rebel winemakers who are embracing old-fashioned techniques and making wines with individuality and soul.

No matter what your palate, travel the wine world with Feiring and you’ll have to ask yourself: What do i really want in my glass?


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Review: The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization

User Review  - Jennifer Fraser - Goodreads

Alice Feiring's book blends a conversational style to an important crisis in the wine world. The reader learns the crucial meaning of terroir especially as it is under threat from a wine critic who ... Read full review

Review: The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

The title sets the tone of the book: Pretentious, self involved, self-righteous. Author comes off sounding as arrogant, authoritarian and elitist as Parker. Read full review

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What I Learned at UC Davis
Putting Syrah on the Couch
Rioja Loses Its Spanish Accent
Who Stole the Krug?
Desperately Seeking Scanavine
The Lone Guineau Fowl of Burgundy
My Date with Bob
The Revolution

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About the author (2009)

ALICE FEIRING is a James Beard Foundation Award–winning journalist whose blog,, was named one of the seven best by Food & Wine. Formerly the wine/travel columnist for Time, she writes for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, among many others. She lives in New York City.

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