In this episode, we go a little deep and talk about a somewhat philosophical question. Is wine art?
To start, we have to define art. Does it have to involve the use of your senses? Must it engage your mind in some thoughtful way? If wine is art, does it matter that some people drink it for intellectual stimulation, while others simply want refreshment or relaxation?
Wine drinkers often romanticize the art and poetry of winemaking, but it’s impossible to ignore the science behind wine production. At the end of the day, perhaps wine is just a product, a commodity, based in science and with a clear method for optimal production?
Care to fall down this rabbit hole with us?
Managing Editor Lauren Buzzeo speaks to Winemaker/Vineyard Manager Rachel Rose of Bryn Mawr Vineyards in Salem, Oregon. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a master’s degree in oenology and a post-graduate diploma in viticulture from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Rose previously worked at a Biotech lab before falling into the passion-fueled but also scientifically complex world of wine and winemaking.
From field to glass, the creative and chemical aspects of it all, we discuss the reality of making wine, and if what’s in the bottle can truly be considered art.