‘Best Wine Book of The Year’ tells tale of Georgian wine

The author of ‘For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World's Most Ancient Wine Culture’ is American wine writer Alice Feiring. Photo by Wines of Georgia.
Agenda.ge, 23 Dec 2016 - 14:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

A book by American wine writer Alice Feiring, which tells the story about the rich culture of Georgian wine, has been recognised as the ‘Best Wine Book of The Year’.

The book ‘For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World's Most Ancient Wine Culture’ shares stories of Georgian people who have survived religious wars and Soviet occupation yet always managed to keep hold of their precious wine traditions.

Embedded in the narrative is the hope that Georgia has the temerity to confront its latest threat— modernisation.

The book was also the winner of The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

A presentation of Feiring’s book was held within the international fair of natural wines - RAW New York in November, 2016 and received great attention of wine professionals.

Georgian wine is very well written, with deep insights for its values, challenges, and meaning for wine culture. Everyone who cares about wine will love this book,” said Edouard Cointreau, jury member at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

In summer this year the New York Times published several excerpts from the book including one segment where the author says Georgia was the cradle of wine with over 8,000 vintages and a creator of high quality amber wines.

There is so much soul in Georgian wine, it is about pride, they are having trust in God, having trust in the vine, having trusts in the grape, having trust that everything will turn out well, so in many ways, Georgian wine is an expression of Georgian soul,” said Feiring, who visited Georgia earlier this year with the support of National Wine Agency.