By Alice Feiring
In 2011 whilst Alice Feiring first arrived in Georgia, she felt as though she’d emerged from the magic cloth wardrobe right into a global full of legendary characters making unique and scrumptious wine with the low-tech tools of centuries prior. She used to be smitten, and he or she wasn’t by myself. This state at the Black Sea has an strange impression on humans; the main passionate rip off their outfits and drink wines out of horns whereas the cold-hearted good up with tears and make emotional toasts. vacationing winemakers fall less than Georgia’s spell and produce domestic qvevris (clay fermentation vessels) whereas rethinking their very own techniques.
yet, as in any stable fairy story, Feiring sensed that risk rode shotgun with the magic. With acclaim and transforming into overseas curiosity come threats within the guise of recent wine experts geared toward making wines extra advertisement. So Feiring fought again within the in simple terms method she knew how: through celebrating Georgia and the boys and ladies who make the wines she loves so much, these made clearly with natural viticulture, minimum intervention, and no additives.
From Tbilisi to Batumi, Feiring meets winemakers, bishops, farmers, artists, and silk spinners. She feasts, toasts, and collects recipes. She encounters the thriving qvevri craftspeople of the geographical region, wild grape hunters, or even Stalin’s final winemaker whereas plumbing the depths of this tiny country’s love for its wines.
For the affection of Wine is Feiring’s emotional story of a outstanding kingdom and those who have survived spiritual wars and Soviet career but controlled regularly to maintain carry in their worthy wine traditions. Embedded within the narrative is the wish that Georgia has the temerity to confront its most recent threat—modernization.
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For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey through the World's Most Ancient Wine Culture by Alice Feiring