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Natural wines have changed my life long before I even knew the term "natural wine." About a year after opening my wine store in 1998 I had the opportunity to taste some natural wines--Yvon Metras, Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard, Clos Roche Blanche, Michel Guignier, Catherine & Pierre Breton--not only did their flavors greatly appealed to me but their prices were cheaper than the more hyped-up labels. From then on I realized that many of the best wines are also some of the most affordable and are made by individuals who strive to make wines that are truly a product of the soil, without chemicals and manipulation. This belief changed how I buy and drink wines. Today we are fortunate that there are more producers of natural wines compared to 15 years ago. And I'm glad their wines continue to be "table wines" in the true sense of the term--affordable enough to drink everyday and as healthy and full of flavor as the food we seek to put on our table.


My life has been changed by natural wine due to the fact that my brother Brennan, of Cepas Elegidas, is making such wines in one of the toughest countries for outsiders, Argentina. Moving there at the age of 23, he was determined to make wines with the upmost character and integrity, qualities that are so rare in any industry these days. His passion for authentic wines and courage to fight for his believes inspires me to do what's right, regardless of the sacrifice that sometimes comes along with being completely open and different.


Alice your books have changed my life and how I drink wine and made me appreciate more wines that have been made traditionally. Now I prefer a naturally made wine in a plastic bottle that a local grandfather made to any wine in a supermarket. I feel healthier and love that we support these wine heroes

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I'm hunting the Leon Trotskys, the Philip Roths, the Chaucers and the Edith Whartons of the wine world. I want them natural and most of all, I want them to speak the truth even if we argue. With this messiah thing going on, I'm trying to swell the ranks of those who crave the differences in each vintage, celebrate nuance and desire wines that make them think, laugh, and feel. Welcome.

And, if you'd like a signed copy of either THE BATTLE FOR WINE AND LOVE OR HOW I SAVED THE WORLD FROM PARKERIZATION or NAKED WINE, feel free to contact me directly.