Writer Alice Feiring - Biography

January 2012

Alice Feiring, author of Naked Wine: Letting Grapes Do What Comes Naturally, doesn’t immediately seem to fit the description “enfant terrible of the wine industry.” Red-haired, bespectacled, and professionally demure, Feiring packages outsize passion in a petite frame. And not only is she an outspoken author, journalist, and generally spitfire wine industry participant; she’s earned her street cred with proven savvy and prodigious output.

Formerly the wine/travel columnist for Time and the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Feiring also writes for prestigious publications of every stripe, from The New York Times to The San Francisco Chronicle, Saveur, World of Fine Wine, The Hollywood Reporter (and many, many more). Over the course of her career, her contributions to the world of wine journalism have earned Feiring such major industry nods as a James Beard Foundation Award, a Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Award, and a Gourmand Book Award.

Her previous book, The Battle for Wine and Love, or How I Saved the World from Parkerization, was translated for France and Spain, where she has had her share of controversial coverage (which phenomenon Feiring is neither stranger to nor afraid of). And with the publication of her most recent work, Naked Wine, Feiring takes yet another strong step for the future of natural and biodynamic wines. When she’s not tasting or writing books or print articles, Feiring maintains her critically acclaimed blog, alicefeiring.com, which was named one of the seven best by Food & Wine magazine. She lives in New York City, and has that city’s most famous plumbing.