"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover."
– Clifton Fadiman, N. Y. Times, 8 Mar '87
"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world."
– Ernest Hemingway
"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne."
– Maynard Keynes
"Wine had such ill effects on Noah’s health that it was all he could do to live 950 years. Show me a total abstainer that ever lived that long."
– Will Rogers
"In victory, you deserve champagne, in defeat, you need it."
"Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it."
"Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved."
– Medieval German saying
"The First Duty of wine is to be Red...the second is to be a Burgundy"
– Harry Waugh
"Never understood a single word he said but I helped him drink his wine…and he always had some mighty fine wine."
– 3 Dog Night
"Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher."
– Evelyn Waugh
"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance."
– Benjamin Franklin
"Good wine is a necessity of life for me."
– Thomas Jefferson
"I wonder what the vintners buy one half so precious as the stuff they sell."
– Omar Khayyam
"Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile."
– Homer, "Odyssey (9th c. B.C.)
"If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life."
– Sir Alexander Fleming
"When there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing."
"Come quickly! I am tasting stars!"
– Dom Perignon (1638-1714) at his first sip of champagne
"Although your grapes are superb, I don't like my wine in capsules."
"Wine is poetry in a bottle."
– Clifton Fadiman
"In wine there is truth."
– Pliny The Elder [A.D.23-79]
"I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age."
– Steven Wright
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch"
– W. C. Fields
"Wine in itself is an excellent thing."
– Pope Pius XII Airen
"One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts."
– Samuel Johnson
"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
"He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long"
– Johann Heinrich Voss
"Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!"
– Winston S. Churchill, 1918
"Drink a glass of wine after your soup and you steal a ruble from your doctor."
– Russian proverb
"A mind of the caliber of mine cannot derive its nutrient from cows."
– George Bernard Shaw
"No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage"
– Thomas Jefferson
"Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others."
– Samuel Johnson
"Tis pity wine should be so deleterious, For tea and coffee leave us much more serious."
– Lord Byron
"There is evil in every berry of grape."
– The Koran
"For a bad night, a mattress of wine."
– Spanish proverb
"Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man."
– Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary," 1907
"We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy."
– Ben Franklin
"God made only water, but man made wine."
– Victor Hugo, "Les Contemplations (1856)
"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
"To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue."
– William F. Buckley, 'Harpers Bazaar,' Sept. '79
"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
"On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a [glass], and said that it was sixteen years old. 'It is very small for its age,' said Gnathaena."
– Athenaeus [c. A.D.200] "The Deipnosophists," XIII, 47
"When [wines] were good they pleased my sense, cheered my spirits, improved my moral and intellectual powers, besides enabling me to confer the same benefits on other people."
– George Saintsbury [1845-1913] "Notes on a Cellar Book"
"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
"It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption."
– James Thurber, cartoon caption, 1944
The Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine. The proof of the assertion is that in the olden days royalty would leave a keg of wine out for them at night. Sure enough, it was always gone in the morning.
– Irish Folklore
"No one that has drunk old wine wants new; for he says, 'The old is nice.'"
– Luke 5:39