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The Battle for Wine and Love
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ALICE FEIRING is a James Beard Foundation Award-winning journalist whose blog, alicefeiring.com, 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, Conde Nast Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, among many others. She lives in New York City.

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In this entertaining oenological salvo, wine blogger and journalist Feiring makes an argument for wine authenticity through adherence to old techniques. She's against what she calls "Big Wine"--viticulture as business and technology--and blames the shrinking appreciation for hand-vinified, long-aged "Old World" wines (like the Barolo that eventually led to her career) on, among other things, the UC-Davis School of Enology and Viticulture and the wine writings of critic Robert M. Parker Jr. (of the book's title). But what sets her sprightly polemic apart is that her argument is pinned to a personal narrative of wine tours through Europe and California. Rounding out the Syrah-and-the-City parallels are several female characters who receive noms de vin like "Honey-Sugar" and the air-kissing "Skinny," and most entertainingly of all, the author's Carrie-like relationships. Parker looms like Mr. Big over all Feiring's oenological relationships; they finally have a couple of phone dates that distill the differences between them down to quantifying (Parker) versus qualifying (Feiring). The author, who already has fans through her blog and other journalism, can count on new ones with this publication. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BATTLE FOR WINE AND LOVE
"In this passionate, personal and provocative book, Alice Feiring champions a small-is-beautiful philosophy and the new universe of natural wines." --Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat PRAISE FOR ALICE FEIRING "Feiring is a deeply knowledgeable and passionately committed wine writer."--Frank Bruni, The New York Times

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