What is Planet of the Grapes?

42-24150513A new way to look at wine for a new generation, Planet of the Grapes is an ongoing series of wine guides from Jason Wilson, award-winning columnist and author of Boozehound, which Anthony Bourdain called “superbly informative, entertaining, and yet deeply subversive.”

A new volume of Planet of the Grapes will be released quarterly at a modest price. Each volume focuses on a specific topic or theme from the world of wine, such as alternative reds and wine cocktails. Wilson explores each topic as a storyteller, teaching about wine in a fun, accessible, and less intimidating way, giving bottle recommendations along the way — with links that will allow a reader to actually find the bottles at a store nearest them. Here’s what the critics are already saying about Jason Wilson:

“Jason Wilson… is funny, smart, and just irreverent and critical enough that you trust every word he writes.” Eater.com

“A natural storyteller” Wine Enthusiast

“Wilson has never been one for 100−point scales and tasting notes. For him the best drinks are trips down memory lane.” Wall Street Journal

“Wilson may just be the best virtual drinking buddy you’ve ever had.” Barnes & Noble Review

Learn more about the books below.

Available Now


Volume 1: Alternative Reds

Available for $2.99 Alternative Reds is a 130-page guide to off-the-beaten-path red wines that offer a wine lover — whether a newbie or an experienced connoisseur who’s stuck in a rut — a different path into the world of wine. With over 140 recommendations, you can find modesty, idiosyncrasy, authenticity, and everyday value in these alternative reds, and hopefully they will inspire you to try something new, push beyond the comfort zone of the usual pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, or merlot.


Volume 2: When Wine Talk Gets Weird

Available for $0.99 When Wine Talk Gets Weird is a 30-page longform article which explores the idea of taste and how one learns it. Funny, irreverent, poignant and full of insights for anyone who’s ever struggled to learn about wine. When Wine Talk Gets Weird explores the philosophy, and asks many of the questions, behind the entire Planet of the Grapes series. Why is wine important anyway? How does one learn a topic as vast as wine? All delivered with humor, warmth, and insight by Jason Wilson.

Wine Cocktails

Volume 3: Wine Cocktails

Available for $2.99 Beware: Using your favorite wine in cocktails is a surefire way to scandalize the “serious” wine snobs in your life. Which, of course, is always fun. Mix up your wine routine with drinks using everything from Spanish red to port, sherry, and sparkling wines. Learn about the traditions of wine cocktails with more than 40 recipes from top mixologists, all illustrated with beautiful color photography.