5. Taste and Expertise in Wine

  1. Douglas Burnham and
  2. Ole Martin Skilleås

Published Online: 25 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118323878.ch5

The Aesthetics of Wine

The Aesthetics of Wine

How to Cite

Burnham, D. and Skilleås, O. M. (2012) Taste and Expertise in Wine, in The Aesthetics of Wine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118323878.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 JUL 2012

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes1 and
  2. Berys Gaut2

Series Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 2

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337662

Online ISBN: 9781118323878



  • wine and taste, the expertise required for wines;
  • credibility of the world's experts on wine, and the trust;
  • competency subjected to exemplars of wines, and ways of evaluation;
  • aesthetic judgment, singular, made on an object at specific times;
  • problems, with equating supertasters and wine experts;
  • supertasters differing from aesthetic competents, experiential as motivators;
  • qualification of Master of Wine, for wine professionals;
  • the Grand Cru Burgundy or its like, “aesthetic-experience-affording capacity”;
  • 1855 classification of Bordeaux châteaux of Médoc and Graves, and hierarchies;
  • calibration, trust by comparing judgments with one's experiences


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Taste and Discernment

  • Delicacy of Taste and the Supertasters

  • Practices and Comparisons

  • Who Are the True Judges of Wine?

  • Experts and Projects

  • Experts and Evaluation

  • Ideal and Izeal experts - And You

  • The Canon and Ideal Critics: The Special Relationship

  • Levinson's Problems

  • The Canon and Wine

  • Wine Canons and Ideal Wine Critics

  • Taste, the Competencies and Trust

  • Iconic or Iconoclastic Critics

  • Conclusion

  • Notes