Godforsaken Grapes

A Slightly Tipsy Journey through the World of Strange, Obscure, and Underappreciated Wine



ISBN: 9781419735127 Category:

Jason Wilson


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. InGodforsaken 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 Grapesis an entertaining love letter to wine.

Additional information

Weight 329 g
Dimensions 14.1 x 20.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 9 March 2019
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.1 x 20.9 cm
Weight 329 g


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Jason Wilson is the author ofBoozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits,and the series editor ofTheBest American Travel Writingsince its inception in 2000. A regular contributor to theWashington Post, Wilson wrote an award-winning drinks column for years. Wilson has also been a beer columnist for theSan Francisco Chronicle,dining critic for thePhiladelphia Daily NewsandPhiladelphia Magazine, and has written fortheNew York Times,NewYorker.com,AFAR,National Geographic Traveler, and many other magazines and newspapers.