The sensuality of wine and art is definitely more than just the easy and obvious combination of sipping something pleasant and looking at something pleasant. In fact, there is something intoxicatingly complex about the combination of drinking wine and looking at art that stirs all the senses.
On the one hand, enjoying a glass of wine primarily drives the touch, smell, and taste senses while you hold your glass and you swirl, sniff, and sip. On the other hand, art is primarily a visual stimulation, but, it becomes audible as it inevitably stirs up an opinion or conversation about what you see – even if it’s just you listening to your inner voice saying, “It’s beautiful” or “wow-crazy”! Add to that, when consuming wine, chemical factors are at play. The consumption of alcohol triggers the brain to release dopamine which is the chemical your brain releases to make you feel good. Combine this relaxed feel-good mode and lowered inhibitions with the sensory triggers of wine and art, and its pretty easy to understand how a heightened state of bliss is achieved. While wine can be an abused substance and harm the body, low to moderate drinking of wine can have positive influences on mental and physical health.
Cabonnay always recommends responsible drinking, but, next time you enjoy your glass of wine while looking at art, take a moment to remind yourself on what is really happening so quickly and effortlessly – it’s a chemical, physical, visual, audible, aromatic, and flavorful event. The combination of wine and art is inherently pleasurable because so much sensual stimulation is happening simultaneously which does wonders for the soul – there’s nothing dull about it and savor that moment. Cheers!