6. The Wineworld

  1. Douglas Burnham and
  2. Ole Martin Skilleås

Published Online: 25 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118323878.ch6

The Aesthetics of Wine

The Aesthetics of Wine

How to Cite

Burnham, D. and Skilleås, O. M. (2012) The Wineworld, in The Aesthetics of Wine, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118323878.ch6

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



  • The Wineworld, wine critics and critical landscape, a new vintage;
  • the aesthetics of wine approach taken, contextualist in nature;
  • Gadamer, and ‘hermeneutics’ for conception of aesthetics;
  • wine tasting practices, image of traditional philosophical aesthetics;
  • wine critics in aiming for objectivity, tasting blindly, exhibiting an aesthetic lack;
  • criticism, altering others' not as prejudice, but with the contextual changing;
  • feedback loop of viticulture, critical practices vital;
  • aesthetic evaluations, a cruciality when fine wines are in question;
  • feedback loop as mechanisms, sustaining the aesthetic community;
  • terroir, unified theory of fine wine, norms similar to Walton's “categories of art”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Hermeneutics of the Wineworld

  • Wine and Its Effect on the Subject

  • Experience and Its Effect upon Wine

  • Wine, Food and the Wineworld(s)

  • Terroir

  • Notes