Wine quotes


Water separates the people of the world, wine unites them. (Anonymous)

Gravity is an illusion,
caused by lack of alcohol. (Anonymous)

On Sherry: The destiny of a thousand generations is concentrated in each drop. If the cares of the world overwhelm you, only taste it, pilgrim, and you will swear that heaven is on earth. (Pedro Antonio de Alarcón)

Man’s nature is not a bit the same as wines. He loses flavour as his life declines. We drink the oldest wine that comes our way. Old men get nasty, old wines make us gay. (Alexis, greek poet)

Books and bottles breed generosity, and the bibliophile and the oenophile og through life scattering largesse from their libraries and cellars (H. W. Allen)

A vine bears three grapes, the first of pleasure, the second of drunkenness, and the third of repentance (Anacharsis).

Wine is as good as life to a man if it be drunk moderately. What life is there then to a man that is without wine? For it was to made to make men glad. (Apocrypha)

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine so that I may whet my mind and say something clever. (Aristophanes)

It is the mark of a gentleman to be moderate in the use of wine. (Athanaeus)

Bronze is the mirror of form, wine of the heart. (Auschylus)

Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man. (Ambrose Bierce)

A glass of wine is a great refreshment after a hard day's work (Beethoven 1770-1827)

The soft extractive note of an aged cork being withdrawn has the true sound of a man opening his heart. (William S. Benwell)

Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts (John Stuart Blackie).

Although wine when it is read somewhat lacks the savour of wine when it is drunk, wine remains a very pleasant thing both to read about and to chat about. (William Blake)

The dyspeptic and the drunkard do not know how to eat or drink. (Brillat-Savarin)

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine. (Brillat-Savarin)

Always a drinker, never a drunk. (Cadets du Bourgogne)

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after. (Byron)

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion. (Cervantes: Don Quixote)

Wine in excess keeps neither secrets nor promises. (Cervantes)

Wine taken in moderation never does any harm. (Cervantes)

The dipsomaniac and the abstainer both make the same mistake: they both regard wine as a drug, not as a drink (K. G. Chesterton).

Never in vain, always in wine. (Chevaliers du Tastevin)

Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die. (Julia Child)

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation (John Ciardi).

"Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains
to us between the crisis and the catastrophe,
we may as well drink a glass of Champagne. (Paul Claudel)

What is a man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine? (Isak Dinesen)

"I rather like bad wine," said Mr. Mountchesney "One gets so bored with good wine." (Disraeli)

Lest we do our youth wrong gather them while we may, wine, women and song. (Downson)

Wine is the intellectual part of the meal, meats are merely the material part. (Alexandre Dumas)

Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful, and not to make men drunk. Wine drunk with moderation is the joy of the soul and the heart. (Ecclesiastes 31:35)

Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart. (Ecclesiastes 9,7)

Wine puts life into a man,
If he drinks it in moderation.
What is life to a man deprived of wine?
Was it not created to warm men's hearts?
Wine brings gaiety and high spirits,
If a man knows when to drink and when to stop.
(Ecclesiasticus 31:27)

Where there is no wine, there is no love. (Euripides, 480-06 BC)

The drinking of wine seems to me to have a moral edge over many pleasures and hobbies in that it promotes love of one's neighbor. (Clifton Fadiman)

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance. (Benjamin Franklin)

We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage, in Cana, as a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodnes of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain, which descends from Heaven upon our vineyards, and which enters into the vine-roots to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under the circumstances of necessity, which required it. (Benjamin Franklin 1706-90)

The apostle Paul very seriously advised Timothy to put some wine in his water for health's sake, but not one of the apostles nor any of the holy fathers have ever recommended putting water in wine (Benjamin Franklin).

The stairs of a wine cellar are the quickest way to Paradise. (French proverb)

If God had not made Sherry, how imperfect his work would have been. (Benito Peres Galdos)

Wine is sunlight held together by water. (Galileo Galilei)

Since the creation of the world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his. (William Lloyd Garrison)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe once was asked, which three things he would take to an island. He stated: "Poetry, a beautiful woman and enough bottles of the world's finest wines to survive this dry period!" Then he was asked what he would leave back first, if it was allowed to take only two things to the island. And he briefly replied: "The poetry!" Slightly surprised, the man asked the next question: "And Sir, what would you leave back if only one was allowed?" And Goethe thought for a couple of minutes and answered: "It depends on the vintage!"

A meal witout a glass of Sherry beforehand, is like a day which begins without sun. (Manuel Gonzales Gordon)

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world and one of the natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range of enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased. (Ernest Hemingway "Death in the Afternoon")

In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary. (Ernest Hemingway," A Moveable Feast')

The blood of the vineyard shall mingle with mine. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

No poem was ever written by a drinker of water. (Horace, 65-08 B.C.)

What wonders does not wine! It discloses secrets; ratifies and confirms our hopes; thrusts the coward forth to battle; eases the anxious mind of its burden; instructs in arts. Whom has not a cheerful glass made eloquent! Whom not quite free and easy from pinching poverty! (Horace, 65-08 B.C.)

French wines may be said but to pickle meat in the stomach, but this is the wine that digests, and doth not only breed good blood, but it nutrifieth also, being a glutinous substantial liquor; of this wine, if of any other, may be verified that merry induction: That good wine makes good blood, good blood causeth good humors, good humors cause good thoughts, good thoughts bring forth good works, good works carry a man to heaven, ergo, good wine carrieth a man to heaven. (James Howell (1634))

At the first cup man drinks wine; at the second cup wine drinks wine; at the third cup wine drinks man. (Japanese proverb)

"No nation is druken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage" (Thomas Jefferson)

Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health. (Thomas Jefferson)

I have lived temperately . . . I double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and a half of wine a day and even treble it with a friend. (Thomas Jefferson)

By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt. (Thomas Jefferson)

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens. (Thomas Jefferson)

Good wine is a necessity of life for me. (Thomas Jefferson)

A glass of wine often makes me a better man than hearing a sermon. (Jerome K. Jerome)

No, Sir, claret is the liquor for boys; port for men: but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. In the first place brandy will do soonest for a man what drinking can do for him. (Life of Johnson; James Boswell)

Wine makes a man better pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others. Sometimes it does. But the danger is, that while a man grows better pleased with himself, he may be growing less pleasing to others. Wine gives a man nothing. It neither gives him knowledge nor wit; it only animates a man, and enables him to bring out what a dread of the company has presented. (Life of Johnson; James Boswell)

Wine is like sex in that few men will admit not knowing all about it. (Hugh Johnson, 1882-1942)

Boys, the first drink is a boon, the second is a gamble, the third is poor judgment, and then the rate of descent gets steep (Garrison Keillor)

My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne. (John Maynard Keynes)

Oh! My beloved! fill the cup, that clears to-day of past regrets and future fears. (Omar Khayyam)

Baths, wine and Venus bring deecay to our bodies, but baths, wine and Venus make life worth living. (Latin Proverb)

The rapturuous, wild, and ineffable pleasure of drinking at somebody else's expense (Henry Leigh)

None seemed to think the injury arose from the use of a bad thing but from the abuse of a very good thing (Abraham Lincoln)

Beer is made by men, wine by God! (Martin Luther)

Who loves not woman, wine and song,
Remains a foll his whole life long (Martin Luther)

Whatsoever is in the heart of the sober man, is in the mouth of the drunkard. (John Lyly)

When at the social board you sit
and pass around the wine,
remember, though abuse is wrong,
that use may be divine:
That Heaven in kindness gave the grape
to cheer both great and small-
that little fools will drink too much,
but great ones, not at all. (Dr. Mackay)

Wine is made to be drunk as women are made to be loved; profit by the freshness of youth or the splendor of maturity; do not await decrepitude. (Theophile Malvezin)

I drink only to make my friends seem interesting (Don Marquis)

Sherry, the civilized drink. (Somerset Maughan)

The glasses were half full, which meant that the guests were completely so (Maupassant)
What though youth gave love and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine. (Thomas Moore)

Making good wine is a skill, fine wine an art. (Robert Mondavi)

Intoxication is calculated to put heart into the elderly and give them delight in dancing. (Montaigne)

Wine is the benevolent god, who gives back gaiety to men and restores youth to the old. (Montaigne)

The first duty of a wine is to be red, the second duty is to be Burgundy (Henri Murger)

In victory, you deserve champagne, in defeat, you need it. (Napoleon)

Wine, not too much, inspires and make the mind,to the soft joys of Venus strong inclined,which, buried in excess, unapt to love,stupidly lies and knows not hom to move (Ovid)

It warms the blood, adds luster to the eyes, and wine and love have ever been allies. (Ovid)

Wine prepares the heart for love unless you take too much. (Ovid)

The flavour of wine is like delicate poetry. (Loius Pasteur)

There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it.....prevention is better than cure. (Peacock: Melincourt)

To drink is to warm the heart; without dispelling reason, it gives reason to life. (José Maria Pemán)

Nothing is so effective in keeping one young and full of lust as a discriminating palate thoroughly satisfied at least once a day. (Angelo Pelligrini, "The Unprejudiced Palate")

Wine is life. (Petronius)

No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God. (Plato)

In Vino Veritas (Pliny, Historia Naturalis)

"In wine there is truth." (Pliny The Elder [A.D.23-79] "Natural History," Book XIV, Sect. 141)

Wine works the heart up, wakes the wit,
There is no cure 'gainst age but it (A. Pope).

The taste for resin can be aquired, but there is no need to aquire it (Raymond Postgate)

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,
when it giveth his colour in the cup,...
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth
like an adder. (Proverbs)

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. (Proverbs 31:6-7)

I never drink without a thirst, either present or future. (Rabelais)

There was a young lady of Kent,
Who said that she knew what it meant
When men asked her to dine,
Gave her cocktails and wine,
She knew what it meant - but she went! (Langford Reed)

The Almighty might no doubt have caused a better wine to exist, but he never did (Saintsbury)
Spirits: I think those who can drink them and do not fools, but I think those who can't drink them and do, worse fools and unjust men too, because they bring scandal on an excellent creature and consume that share of it that should go to others (Saintsbury)

A glass of good wine is a gracious creature, and reconciles poor mortality to itself, and that is what few things can do. (Sir Walter Scott)

God in his goodness sent the grapes
To cheer both great and small;
Little fools will drink too much
And great fools none at all! (Sir Walter Scott)

A man cannot make him laugh; but that's no marvel; he drinks no wine.... If I had a thousand sons, the first human principle I would teach them should be, to forswear thin potations and to addict themselves to sack. (Shakespeare: King Henry IV)

With mirth and laughter
let old wrinkles come.
And let my liver rather
heat with wine,
than my heart cool with
mortifying groans. (Shakespeare: Gratiano in Merchant of Venice)

There is no love sincerer than the love of food (and wine) (George Bernhard Shaw).

Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life (George Bernhard Shaw).

I'm only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller. (George Bernard Shaw)

Taste and smell are often the beggars among our five senses - they leave no written language and therefore no standards other than wholly personal ones. Tasting a superlative Moselle wine can be an aesthetic experience no less genuine than hearing a Mozart piano concerto or seeing for the first time an original Breughel painting. (Frank Schoonmaker).

Wine has enhanced our lives since civilization began, and is as much a part of our culture as music, poetry and religion. It has ever been the beverage of moderation and cordiality to be enjoyed at mealtimes with guests, family and friends (Stonegate Winery).

The Germans are exceedingly fond of Rhine wines; they are put up in tall, slender bottles, and are considered a pleasant beverage. One tells them from vinegar by the label. (Mark Twain)

Water, taken in moderation, never hurt anybody (Mark Twain).

A meal without wine is a day without sunshine (Louis Vaudable)

We need not be intimidated by the wine snob because we know that, in the last analysis, he is only putting on a front. He may know more than we do, but how little he knows in comparison with what there is to know (Alec Waugh)
Wine, a hobby as fascinating and as human as one can find. One of the most fascinating aspects of the wine-hobby is the extent to which you learn all the time (Alec Waugh)

‘Tis nature’s law that wine should flow to wet the lips of friends (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

‘Tis but the fool that loves excess.
Hast thou a drunken soul?
Thy bane is in thy hollow skaull,
Not in my silver bowl.
(Oliver Wendell Holmes)

But above everything, drink wines with love. They are like women - different, mysterious, fickle. And each wine has to be taken like a woman. This always begins with a rejection, done gracefully or rudely according to the woman's disposition, and in the end she will grant herself only to someone, who aspires her soul as well as her body. She will belong to the one, who knows how to uncover her with the utmost delicacy. (L. Veronelli)

Good Hock, keeps oof the Doc (Queen Victoria)
Drink makes men hungry, and it makes them lie. (George Wilkins)

Life is hell, without Zinfandel.


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