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Sinnesupplevelsens estetik: vinprovaren, i gränslandet mellan konsten och vetenskapen
KTH, Superseded Departments, Industrial Economics and Management.
2004 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other scientific)Alternative title
The experience of an aesthetic sensation : The Wine taster in the field between Art and Science (English)
Abstract [en]

Can art express things that science can´t? Communicating experiences of wine attributes is one important part of the practical knowledge of professional wine tasters working in different contexts. From this point of view a central question arise concerning how common terms and concepts emerge and how they are communicated in the wine tasting situation. The analytical perspective have been generated in attempts to quantify experienced and verbalised attributes, using analytical methods with no regard to context . The synthetic perspective, on the other hand, assumes that the wine taster first acquires an overall understanding of a wine's character and then, to the best of his ability, breaks this experience down into separate attributes. The synthetic experience is characterized by being generated during the interaction between the taster and the wine and therefore is related to the context. The synthetic experience, in comparison with the analytical one, is hard to grasp with traditional methods. On the other hand, when adapting an aesthetic perspective on the sensory experience we conclude that there are dimensions of the practical knowledge of wine tasters that can be explored in pragmatic-constitutive studies.

The technique, inspired by the Dialogue seminar method, was applied in order to compare the judgements of attributes in four wines within different tasting groups of professional wine tasters. It was found that the variances in the terminology for the attributes investigated could be explained by the use of different markings for the same attribute. This indicates that the Dialogue seminar method, with applied modifications, might be a useful tool when training professional wine tasters. This might generate an overall understanding of the reality experienced by the wine taster. Based on our findings, we suggest that the method also can be used in order to introduce new concepts which might be included in a common language and thus make a connection between the analytical and synthetic experience.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2004. , 201 p.
Trita-AVE, ISSN 1651-7660 ; 2004:06
Keyword [en]
Aesthetics, wine, technical language, aesthetics, synthetic, analytic
Keyword [sv]
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102ISBN: 91-7283-870-1OAI: diva2:6792
Available from: 2005-01-12 Created: 2005-01-12 Last updated: 2012-03-22

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