A 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, Great Whites, Sweet and Fortified Wines, Affordable Sparklers, and Spain. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Volume 4: Drink Pink
Coming Spring 2014
Forget about that misguided white zinfandel you used to drink. Rosé wine can be serious, high-quality, and won’t insult your manhood. A definitive guide to rosé wine, the fastest-growing wine category.
Volume 5: Great Whites
Coming Summer 2014
How many times have you heard this sad statement: “I only drink red wine.” Why don’t white wines get more respect? This volume aims to change that. Learn to love them on a journey that shows there’s more to whites than cheap pinot grigio, from Alsace to Alto Adige to the “orange” wines of Friuli to Loire Valley chenin blanc to the wide world of riesling.