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Dalí. The Wines of Gala

Hardcover, 8.3 x 11.9 in., 4.15 lb, 296 pages
US$ 60
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Following up on the best-selling cookbook Les dîners de Gala, in this delightfully eccentric guide the surrealist master shares his passion for the gift of the gods. The book explores the many myths of the grape, in texts and sensuous and subversive works by the artist, always true to his maxim: “A real connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.”

Winner of the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Customer reviews (8)

Wine of Plenty

Salvador Dalí’s epicurean guidebook
Hot on the heels (or lobster claws) of the best-selling Salvador Dalí phenomenon, Les dîners de Gala, TASCHEN presents the artist’s equally surreal and sensual viticulture follow-up: The Wines of Gala. A Dalínian take on pleasures of the grape and a coveted collectible, the book sets out to organize wines “according to the sensations they create in our very depths.” Through eclectic metrics like production method, weight, and color, the book presents wines of the world in such innovative, Dalíesque groupings as “Wines of Frivolity,” “Wines of the Impossible,” and “Wines of Light.”

Bursting with imagery, the book features more than 140 illustrations by Dalí. Many of these are appropriated artworks, including various classical nudes, all of them reconstructed with suitably Surrealist, provocative touches, like Jean-François Millet’s The Angelus, one of Dalí’s favorite points of reference over the decades. Dalí also included what is now considered one of the greatest works from his late “Nuclear Mystic” phase, The Sacrament of the Last Supper (1955), which sets the iconic biblical scene in a translucent dodecahedron-shaped space before a Catalonian coastal landscape. Dalí was by this stage a devout Catholic, simultaneously captivated by science, optical illusion, and the atomic age.

The first section is dedicated to “Ten Divine Dalí Wines,” an overview of 10 important wine-growing regions, while the second develops Dalí’s revolutionary ordering of wine by emotional experience, instead of by geography or variety. Rather than any prescriptive classification, it’s a flamboyant, free-flowing manifesto in favor of taste and feeling, as much a multisensory treat as a full-bodied document of Dalí’s late-stage oeuvre, in which the artist both reflected on formative influences and refined his own cultural legacy.

Winner of the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Dalí. The Wines of Gala
Hardcover, 8.3 x 11.9 in., 4.15 lb, 296 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6772-5
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-6771-8
Edition: French

Customer reviews (8)

Another wonderful Dali

Klaas, October 27, 2021
A few years ago I purchased the exciting TASCHEN publication Les Diners de Gala for my Dalí collection. This time has Gala wines to offer ! Only Dalí can make such a masterpiece. Again he proves to be the genius he said he was.

Treasure

André, October 27, 2021
What a treasure

A surrealistic wine book

Ralph, October 27, 2021
This book is great, well done, a nice embossed slipcover in metallic gold - the images and quality of printing is very good as used with Taschen even for trade editions. This is not an ordinary wine list or wine descriptions as we are used to, no, this is a surrealistic wine book made by Dali for Gala, this book and its idea is a work of art itself. I also recommend Les Diners De Gala by Taschen!

Surreal and artistic

Martijn, October 27, 2021
This book offers a completely unique view on some of the most intriguing wines of the world. Never read any other wine reviews that come even close to the surreal and artistic descriptions in this book. Must-have for wine and Dali art aficionados!

Eyecatcher love it!

Flávia, October 27, 2021
Love this book! Always been a fan of Dalí and wines, and this brings two passions together. Such a great eyecatcher within our apartment too.

Great book

Ivan, October 27, 2021
A must-have for all Dali lovers. Highly recommended.

Dali Wines

Jo, October 27, 2021
A beautiful complementary book to the Dalí Recipes book I previously got from Taschen. So well made and beautiful illustrations. A treasured book and fun to browse while drinking wine and cooking up a Dalí inspired meal.

Enivrant

Soleil, October 27, 2021
Un livre magnifique, d'une finesse remarquable autant pour la qualité des écrits et des savoirs-faire qui y sont inscrits, que pour les nombreuses œuvres exquises et photographies loufoques du délirant Dali. Pour qui souhaite découvrir ou approfondir l'univers divin du vin, c'est sans l'ombre d'un doute un bel ouvrage.
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