The following passage is from The Battle for Wine and Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008), by New York-based wine writer Alice Feiring (above).

When it comes to wine and love, I get attached. So when I realized that certain wines I had relied on and lusted after were disappearing from the universe, I lost sleep. I angsted. I sulked. The loss was far more serious that the discontinuation of my favorite color of brick-red lipstick. Much more serious. In fact, the loss felt more like heartbreak. I could always find a different shade of lipstick, but there is no substitute for real wine or profound love.

I woke to this truth in 2001. The wine outlook was turning intensely bleak. Unless I navigated my choices very carefully, almost any wine would explode into a jammy fruit bomb., all vanilla-almond crunched up, often tampered with, and styled by technology and chemistry. This was not the kind of wine that first beguiled me. The revelation cattle-prodded my inner whistle blower. But the real eye-opener was a call from a California friend who told me, “You won’t believe this, but there’s a consultant out here who helps wineries beef up their wines so they’ll score 90-plus Parker points” (referring to the world’s most famous wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr.). He told me the ame of the gentleman and company, Enologix, but said in true deop-throat style, “You didn’t hear it from me.”

I hadn’t realized that the world of wine had become so cynical…

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Monday, October 25, 2010, 7 p.m.

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4 Responses to “WINE AND LOVE OCT 25”

  1. […] Please join us on Monday, October 25 as we celebrate wine writer Alice Feiring and taste six Spanish wines selected by José Pastor at Vino Vino in Austin. […]

  2. […] a quick stop at Vino Vino (where Alice will be speaking tomorrow night at a dinner in her honor, featuring unsulfured Spanish wines imported by José Pastor), we just had to head over to another […]

  3. […] might just be a few spots left for a dinner to be held in Alice’s honor tonight in Austin at Vino Vino. In her words, the wines we’ll be tasting are “hard-core […]

  4. […] Please join us Monday, October 25 as we celebrate wine writer Alice Feiring and taste six Spanish wines selected by importer José Pastor at Vino Vino in Austin. […]

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