Wine, Words & Wednesday, No. 112

Today’s words come to us from the mustachioed surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí.  (Sidebar:  his full legal name was Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol. That must have been a real drag to write on school papers.)

Dalí was part genius, part eccentric loon.  Mostly eccentric loon.  Lots of folks get Dalí, but I’m not one of them.  Most of his art looks like he dropped acid and painted things in various stages of melting.  But Dalí claimed he didn’t do drugs — I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.  And one of his favorite methods of artistic inspiration involved standing on his head until he passed out and then painting his melty visions once he regained consciousness.

dali-2In 1977, Dalí published a wine book called, The Wines of Gala (Gala was his wife). Though not entirely written by Dalí (but by a close confidant, Max Granger), it drips with Dalinian oddity, and includes many Dalí illustrations.  In the photo on the right, I’m sure you’ll recognize Château Y’quem.  The other photo is, well, something melting.  The Wines of Gala attempts to categorize wines not by regions or varieties, but by the emotional sensations they create — Wines of Generosity, Wines of Frivolity, Wines of Dawn, Wines of Purple, and (my favorite) Wines of the Impossible.  I’d love to know which wines are Impossible, but I don’t own a copy of The Wines of Gala.  It’s out of print and runs $300+ on the secondary market, so I’ll just have to be at peace with that mystery.

Melting aside, these words made me smile . . .



  1. I have always been intrigued by his paintings, don’t know why, just do. Quirky, I guess. The paintings, not me! Love the quote you found. Lots of art galleries here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and always ready with a glass of wine. Believe me , it helps. Cheers.


    1. Sometimes you can’t explain the appeal (or lack of appeal) of art. I’ve always been a Van Gogh fan. Some don’t like his perpetual swirling, but I find it comforting. But perhaps what I need for Dali is a glass or two of wine. Thanks for the suggestion. Cheers!!

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  2. The mind of an artist is always intriguing but sometimes it’s best to just not know, know what I mean? Just enjoy the picture unattached from the loony behind it. Loved the quote tho! Happy belated wine Wednesday.

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  3. We attended his museum in Cadaques, Catalunya. It was pretty cool. Hard to really describe, like much of art. But, I have to say that it gave me a different appreciation of Dali – a positive one. Even bought the T-shirt. Of course.

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    1. I had a similar experience with Picasso’s Guernica at the Prado in Madrid. I’d always thought it was just chaos on canvas, but seeing it in person, I actually felt the painting (figuratively), if that makes any sense at all. A Dali t-shirt? I hope there’s something melting on it! 😉

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