Wine and art are two of the most beautiful and beloved forms of creative expression in the world. Their artists may differ in process and medium, but we’ll spend some time in this post discussing their similarities and what becomes possible when we combine wine and art. Now you can join in the fun and experience the beauty of both worlds.
1) Wine is Truly Science and Art
Wine is made from over 10,000 different types of grapes grown all over the world. Some wine is created from a single grape varietal while many are derived from grape blends that are still tested everywhere. Some wines are fermented in oak, others in steel or concrete, and many in a combination thereof. Winegrower and winemakers today have a plethora of options - some traditional and some new - when creating their wine. While science exists in the process, the art expresses itself in the final product.
Wine lovers today are not limited to simply sipping a standard Merlot or Pinot Noir, but can instead explore the potential of each wine’s characteristics. And those wines have unique properties that can be applied in recipes, art, design, and even fashion.
2) Wine Inspires Creativity in Food, Fashion and Other Crafted Arts
Take for instance Chef Jan Frans De Leener, who was recently featured on the popular cooking show “Cooking with Wine”. The Chef believes that “wine has a unique flavor profile that can perfectly complement the flavor of a dish or help to create something completely new.” As an example, he recently featured a recipe for a white wine poached salmon which included two different kinds of white wine, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and various seasonings. The dish Chef created was an artistic expression using wine and was heralded by the show’s viewers. Watch this video to learn more about cooking with wine and watch this video to learn more about what wines you should use in creative cooking.
The creative potential of wine stretches far beyond the kitchen, however. Several fashion bloggers have recently embraced the aesthetic possibilities of wine. The popular blog “Wine-Inspired Fashions” features posts about fashion items that use wine-inspired colors and patterns, including tops, bottoms, accessories, and even shoes. The blog also features interviews with wine-focused fashion designers and photographers, giving readers a chance to learn more about the creative potential of wine hues.
Ancient murals, tapestries, painted Renaissance scenes and more have featured wine and/or a lovely vineyard…even if only in the backdrop of the artist’s production. Clay, ceramic, glass or fine crystal have creatively displayed wine over the years. While their practical use may have inspired their formation, wine’s enjoyable experience no doubt persuaded artists to create worthy vessels for wine’s display.
3) How to Tap into Your Inner Artist With Wine
The key to unlocking your inner artist with wine is experimentation. Don’t be afraid to try different varieties, explore different regions, and experiment with different food and wine combinations. As you explore different wines, consider the emotions and feelings each one can evoke. Experience the subtle nuances of each flavor. Doing this will help you develop a personal connection with wine—one that you can use to create something truly unique and unforgettable.
When you find something you like, take the time to really explore it—learn more about it, and consider how its flavor and aroma can be used to create something new and exciting. Just like a painter mixes colors to create something beautiful, you can think of wine similarly—pairing with different foods in order to create something unique and expressive. This can take some trial and error, but the more you experiment, the better you’ll get at understanding how certain flavors and aromas work together.
4) Master the Art of Food and Wine Pairings
Food and wine pairings are an art form that dates back centuries and when done correctly, they bring out the best in both the food and the wine.
Begin by understanding some characteristics of the different red, white, rose’ and sparkling wines in order to make a successful food and wine pairing. You can start with this Beginner's Guide On Appreciating Wine to learn the basics. Some examples are;
- Full-bodied red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon will complement heartier dishes such as steaks and roasts.
- Lighter-bodied red wines such as cooler climate Pinot Noir are meant for lighter meats such as duck, chicken or pork.
- For medium-bodied white wine such as an unoaked Chardonnay or Viognier, opt for a lighter dish of lobster or creamy pastas.
- Zesty and crisp white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris pair well with chicken dishes and spicy Asian foods.
Simple guidance is to look for flavors that will complement each other. Acidic wines, for example, will bring out the sweetness in foods (ala Champagne and strawberries), while highly tannic wines will make a dish appear more savory (consider a Pinotage with barbecue). Check out these five (5) amazing wine and appetizer pairing recipes here!
If you truly want to take your understanding to the next level, consider using the expertise of a sommelier. A sommelier is professionally trained in wine, possessing an in-depth understanding of its nuances and can offer valuable insight into making the perfect pairings. You can always contact us and our WinethropistsTM will be happy to help!
5) The Prized Alliance of Wine and Art
There's nothing like a glass of fine wine and a stunning work of art to inspire the senses and create unforgettable memories. From wine-tasting socials and art gallery openings to outdoor music festivals, the art and wine scene is vast and varied.
Truly appreciating either requires a deeper understanding…going beyond the first sight, sound or taste. Of course, the best way to learn about the wine is with the winemaker, the painting with the painter, and the performance through the performer. When the architect is unavailable, the better option is to connect with a connoisseur who can help explain the style, process and components of the art form.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to combining the creativity of wine and art. Unlock the full potential of both cultures and give yourself a chance to explore the beauty and joy they can bring. Whether you're an experienced artist or just beginning your journey, with wine and art you can #LiveCreatively and tap into a world unlike anything else.
Try out a new art and wine pairing today and start uncovering the creative side of both worlds with the best wines from Humanity Wine Co. HERE and share your experience with us and use the hashtags #LiveCreatively and #theWinethropistMovement. Don’t know what The WinethropistTM Movement is? Find out here!