Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine

Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine


Edited by Lecturer in Philosophy Barry C Smith, Foreword by Jancis Robinson


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 222 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 208mm x 18mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 11 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195384598
  • ISBN 13: 9780195384598
  • Illustrations note: figures
  • Sales rank: 215,402

Product description

Interest in wine has steadily increased in recent years, with people far more sophisticated about wine than they used to be. And, inevitably, those who take a serious interest in wine find themselves asking questions about it that are at heart philosophical. Questions of Taste is the first book to tackle these questions, illuminating the philosophical issues surrounding our love of wine. Featuring lucid essays by top philosophers, a linguist, a biochemist, and a winemaker and wine critic, this book applies their critical and analytical skills to answer--or at least understand--many thorny questions. Does the experience of wine lie in the glass or in our minds? Does the elaborate language we use to describe wine--alluding to the flavors of cheese or fruit, or to a wine's suppleness or brawniness---really mean anything at all? Can two people taste one wine in the same way? Does a wine expert enjoy wine more than a novice? These questions and others are not just the concern of the wine lover, but go to the heart of how we think about the world around us--and are the province of the philosopher. With a foreword by leading wine authority Jancis Robinson (editor of the highly acclaimed Oxford Companion to Wine), this volume will be of interest to anyone who thinks seriously about the experience of enjoying wine, as well as those interested in seeing philosophy applied to the world of the everyday.

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Author information

Barry C. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College and Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy, University of London.