Is Wine Art? An exploration in aesthetics: part two.

Wine, Art, and the Aesthetic Experience

Is wine art? Can sipping on a glass of wine cause an aesthetic experience bringing joy and beauty into your life? We have been contemplating this question since our last encounter.

Rosaline by Michael Dowling 2014

The works of art that inspired my academic research are a painting called Rosaline by Michael Dowling and a bottle of Perrier Jouët Belle Époque Fleur de Champagne rosé vintage 2002. Each object is beautiful in its own way. Perrier Jouët Belle Époque Fleur de Champagne represents the height of old world opulence of a sophisticated, bygone era. Michael Dowling learned to paint in Florence and his style has an old world, Renaissance quality to it. When I saw Rosaline for the first time, I actually recalled the luscious taste and texture of the Perrier Jouët rose champagne in a strange synesthetic experience. It wasn’t the first time that viewing art or listening to music evoked a sensory experience of the taste of wine for me. Every quality about that painting matched the tasting note of the wine: pale, shimmering, peau de soie pink with a delicate mousse transcending the rich (foundation). Each are elegant and ethereal with a mysterious air that is at once beautiful and graceful. She gazes out of her world inviting the viewer to take her in just a little bit. 

Perrier Jouët is known for its gorgeous bottles first painted by famed French painter and glass artist, Emile Gallé, whose Art Nouveau paintings and glass sculptures marked the Belle Époque era. In 1902, Gallé hand painted four magnum bottles of Perrier Jouët, adorning them with Japanese anemones using glossy white, pink and green paint and gilded the edges of the flowers with gold flakes. The beauty of the bottles reflects the beauty of the wine within. There is nothing more glorious than sipping on exceptionally crafted vintage champagne with luscious notes of freesia, gardenia and pink roses with crisp Fuji apples, white peach, ripe raspberries and delicate Madeleines. Even now, when I look at her I can actually taste this wine. When I taste the wine, her image floods my mind. Each is a similar and shared aesthetic experience.

WINE OBJECT ART OBJECT
Perrier Jouët Belle Époque Fleur de Champagne rosé Rosaline

by Michael Dowling

   
COLOR

Shimmering, pale peach, peau de soie pink, brilliant, luminous

 

FIRST IMPRESSION

Ethereal, exquisite, effervescent, luminous

VISCOSITY

Very delicate, light, fleeting, effervescent

 

LINE

Fine, gossamer, delicate, muted

PRIMARY AROMA

Delicate jasmine, freesia, pink rose petals, ginger, raspberries, Fuji apple,

 

PRIMARY COLOR

Muted tones of peach, pink, and hints of red emerge from the canvas

SECONDARY AROMA

Almond blossom, toasted hazelnuts,

 

SECONDARY COLOR

The slightest hint of violet and blue

TERTIARY AROMA

Madeleines, Amaretti cookies

 

TERTIARY COLOR

White tones, grey, beige, with hints of browns

and black

ACIDITY

Fresh, clean, racy, bright

 

BRIGHTNESS

White elements gives a shimmery brightness

TANNIN STRUCTURE

Virtually none

 

STRUCTURE

Delicate yet obvious, fine-grained

FLAVOR & COMPLEXITY

Lush, complex yet delicate, layers of pink floral notes, ripe strawberry and raspberry

 

COMPLEXITY & BRUSHSTROKE

At first glance a simple wash of colour, upon second there is much complexity

BODY, MOUTHFEEL, TEXTURE

Rich mousse, effervescent, elegant, regal

 

THEMATIC ELEMENTS & TEXTURE

She is inviting the viewer into her celebration, yet she is a bit sad and longing for something or someone

FINISH

Bubbles burst with flavor tantalizing the tongue, lingers for a few moments

 

LASTING IMPRESSION

There is a mystical quality, elegant, regal, enamored, even whimsical

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

Delightful, blissful, enchanted, celebratory, wanting for more

 

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

Completely enchanted, but a bit sad, wondering about her and her desires, wanting for more

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