Synopses & Reviews
In Wine & Philosophy,
philosophers, wine critics, and winemakers share their passion for wine through well-crafted essays that explore wine’s deeper meaning, nature, and significance
- Joins Food & Philosophy and Beer & Philosophy in in the "Epicurean Trilogy
- Essays are organized thematically and written by philosophers, wine writers, and winemakers
- Chapters include, “The Art & Culture of Wine”; “Tasting & Talking about Wine”; “Wine & Its Critics”; “The Beauty of Wine”; “The Metaphysics of Wine”; and “The Politics & Economics of Wine”
- Accessible to a general audience while at the same time covering some serious philosophical ground
- Incorporates traditional areas of philosophical study, including philosophy of language, philosophy of perception, aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy
- A great complimentary text to any guided-tour visit to the Napa Valley or other wineries
“A fascinating symposium that proves one thing: wine is worth thinking about.”
–Hugh Johnson, author of the World Atlas of Wine
“Most wine books are narrow in scope. Not Wine & Philosophy: these far-ranging essays are fascinating and diverse, placing the wine in your glass in a context spanning civilizations and centuries.”
–Stephen Tanzer, editor/publisher, International Wine Cellar
“Wine & Philosophy is remarkably accessible; the writers and winemakers contributing to this work are amazingly accomplished and all have an abiding interest in philosophy, literature, and wine. This combination of scholarship and passion makes for a fascinating, illuminating, and highly entertaining work.”
–Larry Stone, Master Sommelier
"The complexity and subtlety of the distinctions made by master tasters is quite astonishing, and is all the more interesting when comparing notes with others." (Network Review, 1 June 2011)
"It turns out that not only have reputable psychologists at well-respected institutions done experimental studies on this effect, but it also serves as a kind of foul point for various philosophical questions. The works set out to address the intersection between philosophy and areas of everyday general concern: food, wine, and beer. In addition to straightforward philosophical discussions, the volumes include historical discussions, legal questions, some personal reflections.” (Gastronomica, Fall 2008)
"It has some of the best, thoughtful essays about wine and health, winemaking, wine appreciation, wine jargon and wine writers...a very smart book about wine." (InsideBayArea.com)
“A truly well rounded view…and a critical reflection on what and how we eat can contribute to a robust enjoyment of gastronomic pleasures.” (Gourmet Retailer)
“A rare treat. These grape-stained craftsmen dive into their subjects with Socratic gusto. Nuggets of wit … throughout.” (Wine Enthusiast)
The Greek word sympotein
means literally “to drink together.” In the era of Socrates and Plato, the symposium was a central part of Greek culture: a gathering where men consumed wine freely and debated the issues of the day.
Philosophers, wine critics, and winemakers share their passion for wine through well-crafted essays that explore wine’s deeper meaning, nature, and significance. Wine & Philosophy offers a playfully fresh, insightful – and, at times, controversial – perspective on the philosophical dimensions of wine and wine appreciation.
Joining Beer & Philosophy and Food & Philosophy in the “Epicurean Trilogy,” the essays herein celebrate the ongoing relationship between wine and philosophical reflection, discussion, and debate.
About the Author
Fritz Allhoff, PhD, is an assistant professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University. He is the co-editor of Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe, Blackwell, 2008). He enjoys, especially, Napa and Russian River wines as well as wine travel around the world.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: Planting the Vines: Fritz Allhoff.
The Art & Culture of Wine.
1. Wine in Ancient Greece: Some Platonist Ponderings: Harold Tarrant.
2. On and Off The Wagon: Wine and the American Character: Jonathan Alsop.
3. Muse in a Stem Glass: Art, Wine, and Philosophy: Kirsten Shilakes.
4. In Vino Sanitas: Fred Paola.
Tasting & Talking about Wine.
5. Mmmm… not Aha!: Imaginative versus Analytical Experiences of Wines: John Dilworth.
6. Talk about Wine?: Kent Bach.
7. Winespeak or Critical Communication?: Why People Talk About Wine: Adrienne and Keith Lehrer.
Wine & Its Critics.
8. What the Wine Critic Tells Us: Jack Bender.
9. Experiencing Wine: Why Critics Mess Up (Some of the Time): Jamie Goode.
The Beauty of Wine.
10. You'll Never Drink Alone: Wine Tasting and Aesthetic Practice: Ole Martin Skilleas and Douglas Burnham.
11. Who Cares if You Like It, This is a Good Wine Regardless: George Gale.
12. Listening to the Wine Consumer: The Art of Drinking: Steve Charters.
The Metaphysics of Wine.
13. Is There Coffee or Blackberry in My Wine?: Kevin Sweeney.
14. The Soul of Wine: Digging for Meaning: Randall Grahm.
15. The Notion of Terroir: Matt Kramer.
The Politics & Economics of Wine.
16. Wine Tasting Epiphany: An Analysis of the 1976 California vs. France Tasting: Orley Ashenfelter, Richard Quandt and George Taber.
17. The Old World and the New: Worlds Apart?: Warren Winiarski.
18. Taste How Expensive This Is: A Problem of Wine and Rationality: Justin Weinberg.
19. Shipping across State Lines: Wine and the Law: Drew Massey.