Wine in mind
Two new websites dedicated to the psychology and philosophy of wine are born this month ! Wine Psych is the creation of psychologist and wine consultant Miles Thomas. Wine Mind is the brainchild of our fellow cognitionandculture blogger Ophelia Deroy, and philosopher Barry Smith. Both websites will offer you scientific material (don't miss Wine Mind's excellent bibliography), but will also guide you through wine classes and degustations in London, New York and (for Wine Mind) Paris. Both have started a blog.
Cognition and Culture readers will appreciate Wine Psych's recent post on the cross-cultural psychology of wine tasting (for some cross-cultural psychology of food, see here). Is there any such thing as an "Asian palate", or are intra-cultural variations too important to generalize ? Will the day come when a mellow Chardonnay, with mineral undertones and notes of butter, will be compared to "wakame seaweed, jackfruit and egg custard" ? Meanwhile, at Wine Mind, Ophelia has an hilarious video to remind us of the fact that our perceptions of (French!) wine always had a lot to do with perceived or fantasized cultural differences…
Three cheers to those websites, and to the psychology of wine !