How Wine Became Modern

Feel like a true wine connoisseur at the “Smell Wall,” with each orb showcasing a different odd ingredient. Image source.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, more affectionately known as the SF MOMA, is currently showcasing a brilliant exhibit all about wine. An interesting twist on the traditional exhibit, “How Wine Became Modern” utilizes wine glass sculptures, bottles and soil samples from around the world, and even an opportunity to smell wines with odd ingredients to demonstrate the diversity of the beverage. Taking up nearly all of the left side of the fourth floor, the MOMA, with the help of renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, make the trip to San Francisco worth your while.

The exhibit follows the development of wine through both where it’s made and its representation in the media from 1976 to the present with stunning visual aids. A personal favorite of mine was the room dedicated to the locations of popular wineries across the globe, complete with soil samples from their vineyards and the current temperature in each location. Each room showcased a different aspect of wine, from taste to bottle style. Even highlighted were some popular wineries in nearby Napa County, a fun getaway for those of you who have never been.

The best part? Since SF MOMA is currently installing new exhibits, tickets are 50% off making the student ticket only $4.50! Additionally, it’s not often that you encounter seventy-degree San Franciscan days in February - so take advantage of them while they last! Make a day trip out of it; learn about the secret life of wine in beautiful SF on a college student’s budget.

Kelsey Bucsko
BARE Reporter


  1. Wow, looks really interesting! I think I'm going to go asap and check it out! :)

  2. does anybody know where i can get those orbs from the "smell wall" such a great idea