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

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

A Standard of Taste

Aesthetic judgements and disagreements over questions of taste seem impossibile to avoid. We have an innate desire to express, and even defend, our opinions of things we encounter through the senses from paintings, to music, to film, to home furnishings, to wine. For as strongly felt as our opinions of these things can be, it … More

Vinthropology Cultural Association in Italy

It has been a dream of mine for a long time to start a wine club. With the help of friends and a pinch of good luck, I have found the opportunity to do just that by creating a cultural association in Italy. In the next few weeks I will be adding a page to … More

Bacchus, Ceres and Cupid: Renaissance Eroticism and Wine

“Sine Cerere te Baccho friget Venus.” (Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus freezes) – “Eunuchus”, Terence (c.195/185- c.159 B.C.) This Latin proverb from a Roman comedy has been interpreted throughout the ages as the notion that without food and wine, love grows cold. It was also sometimes depicted in art, especially in Northern Mannerism, as in … More

Pleasure: From Water to Wine

We all seem to instinctively know what pleasure is. No philosopher, psychologist or guru needs to explain it to us, we know it when we feel it. It is that which pleases us, that which causes feelings of enjoyment, happiness and liking. It is the opposite of suffering. It is that which makes our lives … More

Designing a Book Cover in 3 Acts. Act 3: Letting Go

I’ve had the great pleasure of designing the cover art for Brian Metters’ new book: “It’s Not About The Wine! A 50 years memoir of wine WITH history, philosophy, art, travel and people” I met Brian, otherwise referred to as “Dr. B” through our blogs 2 years ago. Since then our friendship has grown not … More

Designing a Book Cover in 3 Acts. Act 2: Drafting

I’ve had the great pleasure of designing the cover art for Brian Metters’ new book: “It’s Not About The Wine! A 50 years memoir of wine WITH history, philosophy, art, travel and people” I met Brian, otherwise referred to as “Dr. B” through our blogs 2 years ago. Since then our friendship has grown not … More

Designing a Book Cover in 3 Acts. Act 1: Brainstorming

I’ve had the great pleasure of designing the cover art for Brian Metters’ new book: “It’s Not About The Wine! A 50 years memoir of wine WITH history, philosophy, art, travel and people” I met Brian, otherwise referred to as “Dr. B” through our blogs 2 years ago. Since then our friendship has grown not … More