By Alice Feiring
In 2011 whilst Alice Feiring first arrived in Georgia, she felt as though she’d emerged from the magic dresser right into a international full of legendary characters making unique and scrumptious wine with the low-tech tools of centuries prior. She used to be smitten, and she or he wasn’t on my own. This nation at the Black Sea has an strange influence 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 below Georgia’s spell and produce domestic qvevris (clay fermentation vessels) whereas rethinking their very own techniques.
yet, as in any solid fairy story, Feiring sensed that threat rode shotgun with the magic. With acclaim and growing to be overseas curiosity come threats within the guise of recent wine experts aimed toward making wines extra advertisement. So Feiring fought again within the in simple terms manner she knew how: by way of celebrating Georgia and the lads and ladies who make the wines she loves such a lot, these made certainly 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 nation-state, 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 impressive state and those that have survived non secular wars and Soviet career but controlled regularly to maintain carry in their priceless wine traditions. Embedded within the narrative is the wish that Georgia has the temerity to confront its most up-to-date threat—modernization.
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For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey through the World's Most Ancient Wine Culture by Alice Feiring