wine in glassWine importer Terry Thiese’s wonderful book  What Makes a Wine Worth Drinking: In Praise of the Sublime raises many philosophical issues. For Theise, wine has the kind of meaning we reserve for the most profound works of art, speaking to our deepest values and most profound commitments. Why does wine move the mind and the heart? How does it do so; what are the mechanisms through which wine moves us?

I try to answer these questions in my Three Quarks Daily column this month.