Why did I love this book?
Wine writer, and now friend, Alice Feiring has often been controversial, but she has always been a champion of the kinds of wines I love, natural wines that are allowed to tell the story of where they are grown and the people who steward them. Her book Naked Wine came out in 2011, just a year after my first very small vintage of natural wines. In her own tale of making wine in Oregon and her journey tracing the roots of modern natural wine in France, Spain, and America rang so clearly for me from her stories of a wine made in a fixer-upper farmhouse in France replete with scorpions to a vineyard cum garden of Eden scented with mint and thyme in Spain, I realized I not only loved wines that told stories, but writers who tell the stories of wine and place.
This book, an icon of its time, inspired my own writing about my journey in wine, food, and place, encouraging me to capture the stories of my own fixer-upper farm, the planting of my vineyard, orchard, and gardens scented with roses and sweet clover as a way to have a meaningful and thoughtful conversation with my own landscape in both my wine and my writing.