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Three Wine Nerds We Love

Here at Small Wine Shop, we love to nerd out about wine. But here is the thing: there are a ton of people who present themselves as experts who are anything but. So, we thought we’d share a few voices in the wine industry that we really enjoy and respect. To call these folks, influencers really does them a disservice. They are journalists and wine professionals who are putting in the hard work to make wine accessible and easy to understand, and not only that, they also highlight a diverse variety of wine professionals. We are super-fans, and we hope you’ll love them too!

ALICE FEIRING

Journalist and author Feiring has been beating a drum for natural wine for decades. Some folks out there consider her controversial, but honestly, doesn’t everyone say that about people when they have strong well, informed opinions? She has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine Town & Country, Wine & Spirits, World of Fine Wine, Noble Rot, Afar, Food & Wine, and the Wall Street Journal and is the author of Naked Wine, The Dirty Wine Guide, and To Fall In Love Drink This Wine, as well as the founder of the Feiring Line, an independent natural wine newsletter. If that isn’t enough to convince you to check her out, she’s won a few prizes, too, including James Beard, Louis Roederer, and Gourmand writing awards. She was named Imbibe Magazine’s Wine Person of the Year and was the recipient of the French Order du Mérite Agricole

WHERE TO FIND HER:

The Feiring Line

ANDREA J

We get asked a lot if we are sommeliers, and it’s such an awkward question to answer because, to be honest, we are not fans of the Court of Master Somms. This is not to say we are not fans of getting yourself educated about wines. (Tim is a WSET 3 and a diploma candidate, so yeah, nerd out, folks) but we also think there is more than one way to learn, so we love a non-somm expert! Andrea J. She is a proud non-somm spreading her love for natural wine via her many digital channels, including a substack newsletter, YouTube channel, and Podcast. She is fun, casual, and loves chatting with her many wine industry pals.

WHERE TO FIND HER:

Mas Vino Please

AARON AYSCOUGH

Former sommelier Aaron Ayscough writes mostly about wine. His first book, The World of Natural Wine, was released by Artisan Books in September 2022. His work has also appeared in The Financial Times, Wine Enthusiast, Eater, The Feiring Line, Punch, Wine Business International, New York Times: T Magazine, Fantastic Man, and The Happy Reader, among other publications.

His substack newsletter, Not Drinking Poison, is ostensibly about natural wine culture. We love it because he does a great job of highlighting the work of winemakers who uphold low-intervention winemaking and farming. As the name of the newsletter says, he’s not interested in drinking poison (and neither are we!)

WHERE TO FIND HIM

Not Drinking Poison

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