Viaggio Enologico nell’Arte

Cultura è un termine che deriva dal verbo latino “colere” ovvero coltivare. Una persona colta, per definizione, ha una formazione intellettuale, morale, un insieme di conoscenze acquisite con lo studio, la lettura, l’esperienza e non per ultimo, il confronto. Coltivare la propria cultura porta i vantaggi di uno spirito arricchito, senso di autonomia, competenze superiori nel ruolo svolto nella società e capacità di giudizio maggiori.

Oltre alla cultura personale c’è il concetto della cultura che definisce un gruppo sociale o un popolo attraverso le attività scientifiche e artistiche, la pedagogia, la politica, l’economia, l’espressioni di spiritualità e la religione. In un senso antropologico e più ampio, si tratta di un complesso di saperi, credenze, morali, diritto, arte, cucina, costumi, abitudini e interpretazioni di storie che rappresentano l’ambiente sociale di un dato gruppo e la loro adesione.

Anche se l’arte è solo un elemento in tutto questo, ha la capacità di riflettere ed esprimere l’intera cultura di un popolo nel corso del tempo. Per intenderci, guardando tutta l’arte di una cultura in ordine cronologico, si ha un senso di come si sia evoluta nella storia e come si sia caratterizzata. Questo si può applicare alla cultura di un Paese come si può applicare ad altri ambiti della stessa , come per esempio il concetto della donna, la natura, o addirittura il vino.

Il viaggio enologico nell’arte fa parte della nuova guida estetica alla degustazione in arrivo agli associati. Consiste in una selezione di quadri dal 400 AC ad oggi che esplora la rappresentazione del vino nella storia dell’arte.

È uno spunto d’ispirazione e riflessioni in preparazione per i futuri eventi di Vinthropology, esplorando il vino attraverso l’arte e la cultura.


  1. OK, done that now.
    I’m switching between two Scruton books at present, I Drink Therefore .. etc, and the one I gave you on Beauty. Both audible so I listen to them on walks. I find myself getting deeper into the issue of the aesthetic nature of wine tasting and it’s pleasure, but as usual with topics like this the deeper I get the less I understand! One aspect that has struck home with me is “the absence of culture” amongst the young people of western societies, where Scruton attributes binge drinking, amongst other “bingeing” (over eating, binge tv, Netflix, bingeing on computer games, porn internet, Facebook, Twitter etc) as an indicator of a “lack of self awareness and failing to avoid excess”, two statements written on a block of stone at Delphi and seen as essential to a civilised culture. There seems to be no moral compass that works from the “magnetism of culture” that was certainly present when I was born just after WW2.

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    1. I’ve just started “I Drink, Therefore I Am”, not only is it interesting, it’s really enjoyable to read. Scruton can be very funny! I think I’ve given up on the beauty one, only because in the audio version I find myself constantly going back and re-listening to parts, which I guess I do when I read, but it’s easier to flip a page and pause on a paragraph. I think I’ll get the paper back. In terms of aesthetic experiences, I think it’s mostly about how your attention is engaged in contemplating and appreciating the object in and of itself. Sure there’s also the instrumental value of learning about wine and terroir and so in, but what makes it aesthetic is it’s intrinsic value- which I suppose could be a sensory pleasure as much as an intellectual one. Oh dear, an absence of culture in my generation! There are two factors that come to mind, one is this new-age rebellion against “elitism” which seems to be throwing the baby out with the bath water and deeply confused to its core (probably get into trouble for saying that) and the other is whether social media is the driving force behind shorter attention spans and a preference for buzzwords and headlines over lengthy articles, or if it’s merely reflecting that part of human nature. Also, are the culture wars contributing to our culture?


      1. As you well know I’m a great fan of Scruton, I’m pleased you see him to be very funny too. There are many times I’ve been quietly reading one of his books in a bar somewhere and started laughing much to the amusement of other folks in the bar! I know what you mean about the book on Beauty, it’s quite heavy going and I only have it in audible so have to rewind and write something down that struck a chord.
        I think that the erosion of culture, certainly in the U.K., is partly deliberate and partly a side effect. It’s very deliberate now in our education system in schools and universities with a major part of British history being rewritten or removed. This includes science history, social history including everything from the Industrial Revolution, WW2, the Reformation etc etc. A particularly nasty part of this is the act of “no platforming” where speakers whose views don’t fit a particular narrative are banned from speaking. We have a real freedom of speech problem too where even speaking a truth, never mind an opinion, leads to outrage, and people losing jobs. Freedom of speech has been the bedrock of British democracy for hundreds of years, a strong cultural belief.
        There is also the side effect caused by the BLM movement that has led to a lot of demonstrations and disorder, destruction of statues, buildings etc in the constant “search” for anything racist that happened in a different era with different values and norms. The approach has led to a hardening of attitudes against the movement in an unintended consequence. The view that the whole of the U.K. is institutionally racist is utterly ludicrous as I think we are rated in the top 4 most tolerant nations on earth.
        Social media unfortunately is a lot to blame, as you say, an easy media to send outrageous views and hatred that gathers its own momentum. The owners of Twitter and Facebook seem very selective in who they ban or suspend too!

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      2. Yes, I agree with everything you say and I find myself at a lack for words because so much of it seems to defy common sense and I’m really not sure what the end game is. It’s particularly frightening that it’s so prevalent in, and maybe even stems from, the education system and university because, if nothing else, these institutions should be defending culture. I just can’t stand behind “no platforming” as telling a select group of people that their voices can’t be heard reveals the hypocrisy of it all. If we can’t have healthy debates between differing opinions based on logical reasoning and mutual respect in a university, then I don’t know where we can. There’s way too much antagonism on both sides, everyone is shouting and nobody’s being heard. My hope is that the pendulum will swing so far left or right that it will eventually balance out in the middle. Naive?


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