Entitled ‘An Artist’s Palate’ the piece details the work by artist Johnny Jonas. I have a hard enough time keeping up with the luminaries of the wine world let alone the sphere of portrait artists but Jonas has painted such people as the Queen Mother, a Field Marshall and sundry parlimentarians.
He has also developed a ‘wine recognition system’ that displays a wines flavour though graphical representation. He even refers to each finished piece as a ‘portrait’, which strikes me as typical artist pompousness but he has managed to encompass the strength of a wines aroma and whether the wine is soft and rounded or crisp and acidic.
The system is now refined and patented worldwide; not convinced myself that it is easy to ‘see’ the wine as you can in, say, a photograph but then the information being imparted is more specific than a feeling or mood invoked by a picture. The final wine ‘portraits’ are quite complex but the premise is to display flavour in a graphical form which they certainly do. There is a ‘scientific’ overtone to the finished image.
The Drinks Business article finishes with an interesting thought:
If Jonas’s thinking is just too blue-sky for us busy Westerners, consider for a moment the enormous potential of the Chinese wine market where people have been writing in ‘pictures’ for centuries.”
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