Drinks. Food. Travel. These are the topics I write, talk, and teach about, pretty much in that order, though all are clearly interconnected. I’m the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits (Ten Speed), which Anthony Bourdain called “superbly informative, entertaining, and yet deeply subversive.” For over six years, I wrote a popular drinks column for the Washington Post, which won awards for Best Newspaper Column three different years from the Association of Food Journalists. I’ve written a wine column for Philly.com and was a columnist for Harpers Wine & Spirit magazine in the UK.
My new book, GODFORSAKEN GRAPES, will be published in April 2018 by Abrams Books.
Here’s what some critics had to say about my drinks writing:
“Jason Wilson… is funny, smart, and just irreverent and critical enough that you trust every word he writes.”
“A natural storyteller”
“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
Beyond writing, I also teach wine and spirits classes, both privately and at the university level. I teach regular Saturday afternoon wine classes at ROOT restaurant + wine bar, and have taught at the Wine School of Philadelphia and Tria Cafe’s Fermentation School.
In my non-drinks life, I am the series editor of The Best American Travel Writing (Houghton Mifflin) the annual anthology which releases its 17th edition this fall. My work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, AFAR, Preservation, Boston Globe, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Salon, Town & Country, Outside, Whisky Advocate, and the Washington Post’s Sunday magazine. I was previously the restaurant critic at Philadelphia Magazine and a food columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. I am also the founding editor of The Smart Set and Table Matters.
What else? Well, I have a breakfast sandwich, a pizza, and a dessert named after him in three countries. Go ahead: Be amazed. Read about this in my interview with World Hum to get the inside scoop on this rarest of travel feats.