December 2nd, 2010
I just recently came back from a trip to see my parents in Austria. We are all big lovers of Austrian wines and have an affinty for great design. It seems to go hand in hand in many cases, no pun intended. As I tasted a Grüner Veltliner from a vineyard I have not explored so far, something interesting happened. I did not take the bottle with me while having the first sips.
Now we all know how important brands are in our every day shopping routine. From chocolate to clothing, from cars to consumer electronics, in one way or another, we are all brand name oriented consumers, even if we often neglect it in public; it could be seen as being shallow.
When figuring out the taste of this wine, I was stunned on how it threw me off that I could not have the visual representation of the wine in front of me while doing so. I was at that important moment of forming an opinion and it seemed that an integral piece was not being communicated to me. It affected my emotional connection with the product. I do not know if the above average wine would have turned into a very good wine, but it did make me realize once again how life without brands and visual representations would be, it would be brand communism.
I say, indulge in consumerism, form your emotional connections, be seduced. Knowingly and with great pleasure, let that hint of lemon in your wine turn into a hint of lime.