The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass - Alice Feiring

The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass

By Alice Feiring

  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Genre: Beverages
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Discover new favorites by tracing wine back to its roots
Still drinking Cabernet after that one bottle you liked five years ago? It can be overwhelming if not intimidating to branch out from your go-to grape, but everyone wants their next wine to be new and exciting. How to choose the right one? Award-winning wine critic Alice Feiring presents an all-new way to look at the world of wine. While grape variety is important, a lot can be learned about wine by looking at the source: the ground in which it grows. A surprising amount of information about a wine’s flavor and composition can be gleaned from a region’s soil, and this guide makes it simple to find the wines you’ll love.

Featuring a foreword by Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, who contributed her vast knowledge throughout the book, The Dirty Guide to Wine organizes wines not by grape, not by region, not by New or Old World, but by soil. If you enjoy a Chardonnay from Burgundy, you might find the same winning qualities in a deep, red Rioja. Feiring also provides a clarifying account of the traditions and techniques of wine-tasting, demystifying the practice and introducing a whole new way to enjoy wine to sommeliers and novice drinkers alike.


  • A good perspective

    By Jcp
    The Dirty Guide to Wine is a great perspective of ground-to-glass. It is not entirely scientific, which is certainly okay considering it was admittedly presented as such, and is easily digestible to most persons. It is a great primer, to wine drinking novices and professionals alike, about a not oft credited topic: the earth. The difficult part of this book is the unabashed arrogance, name-dropping, and obvious agenda of the author. There is often a cliched view of a "wine person" being snobbish and pretentious. While I feel this is a stigma that is going away, it's tones like the one in this book that make it feel totally alive.