Godforsaken Grapes

Jason Wilson


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Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9781419735127
Cover type: Paperback
Publish date: 4/9/2019
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A lively exploration into the world of rare and obscure wine grapes, looking at why we drink what we drink and what we’re missing


There are nearly 1,400 known varieties of wine grapes in the world—from altesse to zierfandler—but 80 percent of the wine we drink is made from only 20 grapes. In Godforsaken Grapes, Jason Wilson looks at how that came to be and embarks on a journey to discover what we miss.

Stemming from his own growing obsession, Wilson moves far beyond the “noble grapes,” hunting down obscure and underappreciated wines from Switzerland, Austria, Portugal, France, Italy, the United States, and beyond.
In the process, he looks at why these wines fell out of favor (or never gained it in the first place), what it means to be obscure, and how geopolitics, economics, and fashion have changed what we drink. A combination of travel memoir and epicurean adventure, Godforsaken Grapes is an entertaining love letter to wine.
Jason Wilson is an award-winning journalist and the author of Boozehound and Godforsaken Grapes. The series editor for Best American Travel Writing since its inception in 2000, Wilson has also written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and many others. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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