To Fall in Love, Drink This is both a love letter to wine and a lifelong coming-of-age story. In a series of candid, wise, and humorous personal essays, Feiring serves up a memoir in vignettes. She tells the story of her parents’ divorce, her first big wine assignment, the end of an eleven-year relationship, the death of her father, a near-fatal brush with a serial killer, pandemic lockdown, and more—and suffuses each with love, romance, pain, joy, and wine. Each essay is “accompanied” by a no-nonsense wine take-away designed to answer the questions everyday wine lovers have about wine—age, price, grapes, vineyards, and vintners.
This frank, charismatic work is a refreshingly grounded addition to the popular—and notoriously stuffy—genre of wine-writing. Feiring has crafted a timeless, positively unpretentious memoir that will appeal to everyone who has ever enjoyed a glass of wine.
“A book of the highest order, written with verve and wit and a novelist’s feel for storytelling, that pretends to be all about wine, but is also about humanity, the earth, and the fragility of the soul. Flat-out wonderful.”
— Bill Buford, bestselling author of Heat and Dirt
“The result is a full-bodied and bighearted work that’s sure to intoxicate wine aficionados and revelers alike.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The prose is clean and economical, and humor and humanity reverberate through every anecdote, driven by Feiring’s curiosity not just about the wines of the world but about its people.”
— Wine & Spirits
“It surprises me that Alice Feiring became a wine writer, not because she isn’t a terrific one but because in this eccentric memoir she talks about trying plays and fiction first, and she is so compulsively readable that it’s amazing that it didn’t work out.”
— Club Oenologique
“It’s Alice assoluta: reverent, irreverent, erudite, effervescent and romantic.”
— Frank Bruni