The Aesthetics of Wine
June 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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"Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.” (Choice, 1 March 2013)
This is an important addition to the wine literature. As well as being a serious academic study of the aesthetics of wine appreciation, it's also clearly written and surprisingly accessible - a must read for any curious drinker.
Wines inspire us. Not just as sources of intoxicating pleasure, but as objects of aesthetic appreciation. Here, in rich and satisfying detail, is a full-length study by philosophers of the subtle factors that influence our tasting judgments and bestow values on wines, both in the glass and beyond.
Barry C. Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy