APA Mini-Conference on Philosophy and Wine


St. Francis Hotel

Union Square, San Francisco

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


Organizing Committee

Kent Bach, Chair (San Francisco State University)

Chris Grau (Florida International University)

Adrienne Lehrer (University of Arizona)

Barry C. Smith (Birkbeck College, University of London)

David Sosa (University of Texas, Austin)





9:30–9:45 a.m.


Kent Bach (San Francisco State University)

“Philosophy and Wine?”


9:45–10:45 a.m.

Wine Perception

Ann Noble (Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis)

“Wine: Consistency of Perception, Variation in Interpretation”


10:55–11:55 a.m.

Philosophy of Wine Perception

Chair: David Sosa (University of Texas, Austin)

Mohan Matthen (University of Toronto)

“Do we taste the wine?”

 Barry C. Smith (Birkbeck College, University of London)

“Just what can you taste in a wine?”


Noon–1:00 p.m.

Analyzing and Categorizing Wines

Chair: Fritz Allhoff (University of Western Michigan)

Kevin W. Sweeney (University of Tampa)

 “Analytic Tasting and Enjoying a Wine Overall”

Jonathan Cohen (University of California, San Diego)

“Wine, Categories, and Wine Categories”


1:00–2:30 p.m.

Lunch Break


2:30–3:30 p.m.

Evaluating Wines

Chair: Robert May (University of California, Davis)

John Bender (Ohio University)

“What the Wine Critic Tells Us”
Michael Jubien (University of Florida)

“Real Value in Wine”


3:40–4:40 p.m.

Aesthetics of Wine

Chair: Frank Lewis (University of Southern California)

Chris Grau (Florida International University) and Doug MacLean (University of North Carolina)

“Can wine be beautiful?”

Adrienne Lehrer (Linguistics, University of Arizona) and Keith Lehrer (University of Arizona)

“Wine, Aesthetics, and Critical Communication”


4:50–5:50 p.m.

Closing Panel

Chair: Kent Bach (San Francisco State University)

Gerald Asher (Contributing Wine Editor, Gourmet Magazine)

Paul Draper (CEO and Winemaker, Ridge Vineyards)

Ann Noble (Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis)

philosophers TBA


6:007:00 p.m.

Tutored Tasting

White wines:   Rajat Parr (Wine Director, Restaurant Michael Mina)

Red wines:      Paul Draper (Ridge Vineyards)

Commentary:  Gerald Asher (Gourmet Magazine)

                        Ann  Noble (University of California–Davis).


There will be a fee to cover wine and wine service. Space will be limited. To reserve a place, please write, after February 1 and before March 15, to Kent Bach at:



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