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Corrupted Mind Will Never Be Able to Experience

the Full Dimension of Wine


Posted on 21. June 2015 by Jelena

Darko Petrovi Skradinjanac (BIBICh WINE CROATIA)

This is the third part of my report on Dalmacija Wine Expo 2015 and Ill be dedicating
that to the encounter with the first wine philosopher I met in person. He was speaking
so eloquently and memorably that his words went directly into my heart and made me
re-consider my way of thinking about the wine.

The name of that man was Darko Petrovi Skradinjanac. He was sitting at the stand
of BIBICh WINE CROATIA. I approached the stand with the intention of tasting some
wines and to learn a few notes about them. I had to start the conversation somehow so
I asked Mr. Petrovi to show me the best wine they had and consequently to give me
some food suggestions. Now I know I did it all wrong. The man didnt seem to like my
questions and he was looking at me suspiciously. Soon I realized I was not going to be
given any answer, but I didnt realize yet I would be given much more than I expected.
At that moment I couldnt possibly imagine that the two questions, which I perceive
now as banal, would provoke such a complex answer which I bring you here entirely.

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Let me remind you of the questions: What is the best wine you brought at Dalmacija
Wine Expo 2015? and Which food you would pair it with?. In a good
deconstructionist manner he gave me an answer which taught me that wine can only be
approached with humiliation and open mind. Formal categories do not apply when it
comes to wine and classical scholars will hardly be able to understand its essence unless
they switch to thinking beyond the box.

Now I will give the word to the main protagonist of the story, Mr. Petrovi, asking you
to reflect and make conclusions for yourself:

There is lot of prejudice when it comes to wine and food pairing. The greatest prejudice
of all is that people take it for granted and as something that should necessarily be done.
It absolutely unacceptable to trivialize two great entities such as food and wine through
cheap forms. If you do this you will get entrapped into the web of prejudice from which
you will never get out. Instead, wine and food are two open worlds which tend to be
explored by an open mind. Food, on one hand, is a natural platform which helps us
maintain our energetic balance. The wine, on the other hand, is a structure which helps
us process our spiritual reality. I will come to that later but it is important to remember
that our empirical knowledge is completely insufficient to determine the values of these
two entities.

The phenomena of wine asks for spontaneity in order to achieve the highest degree of
pleasure in drinking wine. This means that empirical knowledge of wine is secondary.
You dont have to know anything about the wine to feel its impact. Moreover, the less
you know about wine the more you will get affected. But only in one condition: you
have to be good and honest person. Villains will never be able to experience the full
dimension of wine. If this was possible, wine wouldnt have existed. This is what I call
thinking according to the wine principle.

My reflexions are fully compatible with Alens philosophy of wine making. His wine
charisma is largely due to the fact that he got involved in the world of wine as a very
young 4-year-old boy. In the origin of Alens approach to wine is his belief that the
whole nature in itself could be concentrated in a grape berry. The attempt of
conventional market to define wine using physical and chemical parameters by 99.9 %
is mere prejudice.

Physical and chemical parameters are varying and ever-oscillating process which, as
such, cannot be realistic because does not contain continuity. Its just physical ever-

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oscillating varying appearance. To be clear, reality is what has the continuity. Principles
govern the world of phenomena.

Thus, only wine principles are real. With the skills of winemaker wine principles are
getting integrated into the structure of wine. Therefore, the soul of wine and the soul of
winemaker make part of one and the same soul which by the principle of simultaneity
or oneness preludes man to a higher level of consciousness, the purpose of their
existence.

All those wine tastings and wine analysis as a definite state of wine do not actually
follow the wine logic. Then where the true nature of wine could be derived from? The
true nature of wine is in your glass with 1350 wine components which have been defined
by science so far and two-thirds of secret ingredients which still remain unknown. What
does it mean? It means that whoever would try to reduce wine to physical and chemical
categories would fall into a delusion. Wine is not a rational category and cannot be
treated as such.

Just like a life on earth wine is a special gift. Life as a special gift is eternal and this
eternity is innate to our souls. We cannot reach the eternity by mere reason but with
wine we can. Why? Because the very moment we taste wine it twists our mind. Through
transpersonal process we join the integration of conscious and unconscious and at that
moment the physical laws do not apply. Suddenly, we have a feeling of connection to a
larger, more meaningful reality and thats the reason wine exists!

*** As Mr. Petrovi told me later his thinking was inspired by Bela Hamvas, a Hungarian writer and philosopher
popular among wine lovers for his short book The Philosophy of Wine.