WWOW 2020 will be held in Austin, Texas.

2020 Keynote Speaker - Alice Feiring

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Alice Feiring, most recently the author of Natural Wine for the People, doesn’t immediately seem to fit the description “enfant terrible of the wine industry.” Red-haired, bespectacled, and professionally demure, Feiring packages outsized passion in a petite frame. And not only is she an outspoken author, journalist, and general spitfire wine industry participant; she’s earned her street cred with proven savvy and prodigious output.

Formerly the wine/travel columnist for Time and the Wall Street Journal Magazine, Feiring also writes for prestigious publications of every stripe, from The New York Times, The World of Fine Wine, to Afar (and many, many more). Over the course of her career, her contributions to the world of wine journalism have earned Feiring such major industry nods as a James Beard Foundation, Born Digital and Gourmand Book Awards - in addition to being named a Louis Roederer International Wine Writer. Her work has helped to bring back traditional wines from the brink of extinction, she’s defined “natural” (most often quoted as, ‘Nothing added and nothing taken away’), and uncovered the abuses of ubiquitous terms like “organic”. All the while, she has urged her readers to share her concerns and passions.

In 2008, she wrote the influential book, The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Saved the World From Parkerization. Her others are: Naked Wine (2011) For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture (2016). The Dirty Guide to Wine (2017) and Natural Wine For the People (2019). Translations of her books are available in French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Slovakian, Russian and Georgian. In addition, she is the publisher of her critically acclaimed newsletter, The Feiring Line.

When she’s not tasting, traveling or writing, Feiring lives in New York City, dances the Morris, plays accordion and (when she restrings her bow) the fiddle.