To Fall in Love, Drink This: A Wine Writer’s Memoir

Scribner. Aug. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781982176761. pap. $17. MEMOIR
This memoir feels almost like Alice in Wonderland for the alcohol-legal set. It offers glimpses of the ebullience, the fear, and the beauty that Feiring (Natural Wine for the People) discovers as she pursues her desires and is pursued by them. There are moments of great beauty and profundity here, as when Feiring writes, “Survival often hinges on the back of accidents, luck, and the random kindness of strangers.” In documenting such moments, along with the wines that accompany them, Feiring becomes as much a companion as a guide, someone her readers are experiencing things with rather than (or while) learning from her about the complexity of wine. She answers questions and offers advice about everything from price to the subtle science of wine, with attention paid to grapes, vineyards, and vintners.
VERDICT Feiring provides an entertaining and engaging story about grapes and growth.
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