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, tentatively titled GODFORSAKEN GRAPES was recently bought by Abrams Books and will be published in 2018.
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.
At Drexel University, I taught a popular three-credit, 10-week course called The Geography of Wine in the International Area Studies department which generally filled up in about a half hour after registration opens. I also developed a highly successful 3-credit, 10-week course on spirits and cocktails for Drexel’s hospitality management and culinary arts program, which teaches soon-to-be professionals the finer points of spirits and how to mix them.
Additionally, I have taught courses at the Wine School of Philadelphia, Tria Cafe’s Fermentation School, and ROOT restaurant + wine bar, along with presenting private classes and tastings and hosting events for organizations.
Please check my homepage frequently for upcoming classes and events.
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, both supported by Drexel University.
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.