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Wine and Philosophy


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List of Figures viii Foreword by Paul Draper ix Acknowledgments xi Planting the Vines: An Introduction 1 Fritz Allhoff I The Art & Culture of Wine 13 1 Wine in Ancient Greece: Some Platonist Ponderings 15 Harold Tarrant 2 On and Off the Wagon: Wine and the American Character 30 Jonathon Alsop 3 Muse in a Stem Glass: Art, Wine, and Philosophy 44 Kirsten Ditterich-Shilakes 4 In Vino Sanitas 63 Frederick Adolf Paola II Tasting & Talking about Wine 79 5 Mmmm . . . not Aha! Imaginative vs. Analytical Experiences of Wines 81 John Dilworth 6 Talk about Wine? 95 Kent Bach 7 Winespeak or Critical Communication? Why People Talk about Wine 111 Keith Lehrer and Adrienne Lehrer III Wine & Its Critics 123 8 What the Wine Critic Tells Us 125 John W. Bender 9 Experiencing Wine: Why Critics Mess Up (Some of the Time) 137 Jamie Goode IV The Beauty of Wine 155 10 You?ll Never Drink Alone: Wine Tasting and Aesthetic Practice 157 Douglas Burnham and Ole Martin Skilleas 11 Who Cares If You Like It, This Is a Good Wine Regardless 172 George Gale 12 Listening to the Wine Consumer: The Art of Drinking 186 Steve Charters V Wine & Metaphysics 203 13 Is There Coffee or Blackberry in My Wine? 205 Kevin W. Sweeney 14 The Soul of Wine: Digging for Meaning 219 Randall Grahm 15 The Notion of Terroir 225 Matt Kramer VI The Politics & Economics of Wine 235 16 Wine-Tasting Epiphany: An Analysis of the 1976 California vs. France Tasting 237 Orley Ashenfelter, Richard E. Quandt, and George M. Taber 17 The Old World and the New: Worlds Apart? 248 Warren Winiarski 18 Taste How Expensive This Is: A Problem of Wine and Rationality 257 Justin Weinberg 19 Shipping across State Lines: Wine and the Law 275 Drew Massey Notes on Contributors 288 Index 295

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.


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