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Wine and Philosophy: A Symposium on Thinking and Drinking Paperback – October 29, 2007
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"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)
–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
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'Wine in Ancient Greece: Some Platonist Ponderings' - Harold Tarrant - a look at the early history of wine in Greek society, focusing on its importance to the writings to Greek poets and philosophers.
'On and Off the Wagon: Wine and the American Character' - Jonathon Alsop - a brief history of wine in American life, examining the impact of Prohibition and the film 'Sideways'.
'In Vino Sanitas' - Frederick Adolf Paola - an accessible essay about the health benefits of wine
And my two personal favourite essays:
'The Soul of Wine: Digging for Meaning' - Randall Grahm and 'Experiencing Wine: Why Critics Mess Up (Some of the Time)' Jamie Goode - both entertaining and informative, the former focusing on what cannot be criticized in wine analysis and what many of us surely feel when drinking a great bottle of wine 'soul' - the latter essay taking a look at the far-from-perfect world of wine criticism.
This volume offers a great deal more to a wider range of readers. The only essay I found the least interesting (perhaps because I am a Canadian) is 'Shipping Across State Lines: Wine and the Law' - Drew Massey.Read more ›