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Whetstone PRESENTS: Wild Grapes


Our debut film, Wild Grapes is a vinous journey through the Republic of Georgia, the birthplace of wine, presented in three distinct acts. For more than 8,000 years, wine has permeated Georgian culture, and Wild Grapes, hosted by Whetstone founder and former sommelier Stephen Satterfield, is an exploration of the ways in which this considerable legacy has endured throughout the millennia.


Act 1

About 45 minutes north of the Turkish border, we visit Giorgi Natenzahe, a preservationist and winemaker stewarding a 400 year-old grape vine, the oldest known in the world that continues to produce wine.

In Act 2 we travel to Pankisi Gorge, a Muslim village on the Chechen border at the valley floor of the Caucasus Mountains. at Leila’s Guesthouse, a local b+b, we eat extraordinary Chechen cuisine prepared by the talented namesake proprietor, Leila Achishvili. During the stay, she describes the region’s complex history as a recruitment hub for Islamic militants, including a devastating story about the loss of her own sons.


In Act 3 we visit the village of Lagodekhi to experience the most quitessecitial of all Georgian holidays, Easter Sunday. In Georgia, the holiday is commemorated with successive days of feasting culminating with a cemetery picnic in which the entire village comes to celebrate with friends and family past and present.  


A whetstone dispatch: sri lanka

Our latest dispatch brings us to Sri Lanka, where we learn the origins of Ceylon tea.


We visit the Kampot Province of Cambodia to learn about the pepper of the same name at Sothy’s Pepper Farm.


The world famous Tanji Fish Market in The Gambia. Our host, fishmonger Alagi Sarr, shares with us the pride of the village, the bonga fish, and demonstrates their distinctive way of smoking and preserving it.


The anchovy project

The plight and promise of the California Anchovy. A collaboration with the James Beard Award winning restaurant State Bird Provisions in San Francisco, CA.


English fizz

English sparkling wine is having a moment. Whetstone Magazine founder Stephen Satterfield visits Gusbourne Estate in Kent, England to learn more.