An unparalleled tasting
experience of the sublime
I’m looking for the total moment, not a perfect moment lived within this life, but a moment of such intensity that it creates life. I call the ‘sublime’ this moment outside of time.
— Thierry Forbois, creator of the Way of wine
Opening a path to experience the sublime.
In this age, experiencing a pure moment of joy is rare. Inundated by self-imposed demands, beguiled by an orgy of modern-world distractions, most of us let our lives pass by without ever tasting or knowing, in the delight of our bodies and minds, an authentic moment of abundance.
Fortunate are those who have experienced, at least once, a moment’s grace in which suddenly, like a pause in the chaos, the world reveals itself in a dreamlike flash. Colours become so intense that you can almost feel them. Sounds no longer enter through the ear, but reverberate directly in your head. Smells are so intense that you taste them. Details appear, leaping suddenly out of the void. The world awakens inside you in all its subtlety, vitality and richness. Leaving the golden cage that you have made for yourself, you pierce the world’s veil of appearances and become the movement of life itself. Awe is a profound spiritual experience. It is the soul breathing beneath our masks. It makes our faces open the way sunflowers open wide each morning. At its most intense, awe is resurrection. It revives our senses to their original sensitivity. It revives our intelligence to its vitality. Feelings of awe are triggered by a wide range of phenomena and circumstances, such as natural beauty, impressive art, divine epiphanies or the vastness of space. During the years when the ritual of the Way of wine was gestating, a single thought guided Thierry Forbois as he developed his art: create a moment as an open path to experience the ‘sublime’.
An unparalleled tasting experience
In 2018, I attended Thierry Forbois’s Way of wine ritual for the first time. At the age of 77, nothing could have prepared me for what I was going to experience during this evening. I never imagined that drinking a glass of wine could become a sensual and aesthetic experience of such depth. One must really have to live this unparalleled moment to feel the intense emotions it awakens in you.
The Way of wine ritual is a living art without precedent in the world. Privileged I feel to have experienced this moment of grace in my lifetime. I kind of feel like if I was a guest attending one the first Tea Ceremonies hundreds of years ago. Is it unusual to witness the emergence of an art form? At the risk of sounding pretentious, I’d hazard that in the history of human achievements, it’s rare.
The ‘sacred’ does not imply belief in God or gods or spirits, it is the experience of a reality and the source of an awareness of existing in the world.
— Mircea Eliade
Entering the realm of the sacred