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A collection of articles and illustrations exploring the connection between wine and art, literature, film and philosophy

Wine Aesthetics: Pleasure

In the following series of posts I will be exploring the question of wine aesthetics. Can wine be appreciated as an aesthetic object, and if so, what does that mean exactly? What do we mean when we talk about aesthetic value or an aesthetic experience, and above all, how does that relate to wine? Pleasure … More

Wine Aesthetics: Emotion

In the following series of posts I will be exploring the question of wine aesthetics. Can wine be appreciated as an aesthetic object, and if so, what does that mean exactly? What do we mean when we talk about aesthetic value or an aesthetic experience, and above all, how does that relate to wine? Emotion … More

Wine Aesthetics: Beauty

In the following series of posts I will be exploring the question of wine aesthetics. Can wine be appreciated as an aesthetic object, and if so, what does that mean exactly? What do we mean when we talk about aesthetic value or an aesthetic experience, and above all, how does that relate to wine? BEAUTY … More

Imperfection

Zen and wine tasting may not seem like a harmonious connection, after all much of the culture of wine celebrates prestige, perfection, passion and pleasure while the zen approach avoids the extremes of self-indulgence and humbly accepts our fallibility and mortality. In fact, the centuries-old, artistic tradition of “Kintsugi” speaks to a certain Japanese aesthetic … More

Culture & Wine #5.1 Art

One does not need to be an expert on art in all its forms to understand and accept that art influences and is a reflection of any society. In fact it… Culture & Wine #5.1 Art Culture is made up of a number of things including values, beliefs and attitudes, the expression of which is … More

Adventures in Scent

Much of wine’s aesthetic appeal lies in the unique sensory experience of wine aromas. Our sense of smell may be the dullest of the senses, but it is also the most mysterious and, for that reason, arguably the most alluring. The aromas that fly out of the glass and to our nose take us on … More

Synesthetic Metaphors

You might just see Kandinsky’s paintings as coloured lines and shapes on a canvas, but Kandinsky did not, he heard them. Known as the pioneer of abstract art, this Russian-born artist actually saw colour when he heard music, a neurological phenomenon known as “synesthesia”. In fact, he was so moved upon hearing Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at … More

Let’s dance! Nietzsche on music and dancing.

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”. Let’s dance! Nietzsche on music and dancing. Alain de Button, in his book “The Architecture of Happiness”, puts forth an argument for the aesthetic virtues of architecture claiming “beauty lies between the extremities of order and … More

Scripting Interiors

Looking at language and the inner sensory experience through Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” (1942) Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” is arguably one of the most iconic paintings in American art. The late-night scene of a few silent figures in a lit diner on a deserted street is not only hauntingly nostalgic of everyday American life, but also lullingly … More