PRAISE for Mondovino: The Series & Filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter:
“Subtle, full-bodied, characterful, blessed with a long, elegant finish that keeps you thinking… likely to leave you thirsting for more.” —TIME OUT
“Thought provoking, witty, and entertaining.” —USA TODAY
“Although Nossiter set out merely to find the character behind the wine industry, he ended up with a poignant look at some important issues, including deforestation, the corporation versus the independent company, and even communism. The result is an inside examination of a world very few people see.” —ROLLING STONE
“A thoroughly engrossing deep dive into the world of winemaking… Nossiter, a former Sundance winner and a sommelier—now there’s a combination—knows his stuff and asks all the right questions.” —HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Skilled sommelier and award-winning filmmaker of the hit Amazon series Mondovino, Jonathan Nossiter takes a look at the unexpected and encouraging story behind the expanding world of natural wine in his new book, CULTURAL INSURRECTION: Natural Wine and Agriculture to the Rescue (Other Press Paperback Original; $17.99; On-Sale: May 21, 2019). In the face of a “doomsday state of agriculture…”, provoked by a vast global regulatory-industrial system threatening to stomp out the power of the individual, a utopian fringe of wine-farmers provoked a joyous antidote. Here, Nossiter chronicles the story of how this new generation of artisans; rebellious, innovative figures, working closely with the earth to create exceptional natural wines, are transforming the way we produce and consume wine.
Aimed at both the wine-lover and wine-industry neophyte, Nossiter, with engaging and impassioned prose, urges us to consider this vanguard of wine makers as beacons, whose story and cultivation of a buy-local, self-sustaining, artisanal model of consumerism, “carved out a remarkable degree of political, social, and esthetic freedom”; a model that may hold the key to spiritual restoration across the worlds of culture, art and politics.
What if, ten years from now, an artist—a filmmaker, for example—will have become as marginal and anachronistic as a blacksmith? What if the actors in the cultural world are on the brink of extinction, not about to disappear like prehistoric animals, but worse—submitting to the status quo? Absorbed by an economy that increasingly devalues true artistic work? In a technology-obsessed marketplace, that devalues individual agency and art, Nossiter sheds light on a pivotal reawakening that’s emerged among winemakers: artists who work intimately with the land, or terroir, to create natural and organic wines, rendering creations as complex and nuanced as a masterful artist’s painting.