A collection of Wine Quotes, Wine Toasts and Wine Humor from around the world and throughout the ages. Read, Share and Enjoy. ~Cheers
A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.
~ Clifton Fadiman
A man can live without art, but not without culture.
~ Anonymous man, fallen on hard times, sold his art collection but kept his wine cellar
A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Man
A restaurant wine list is praised and given awards for reasons that have little to do with its real purpose, as if it existed only to be admired passively, like a stamp collection. A wine list is good only when it functions well in tandem with a menu.
~ Gerald Asher
Age appears to be best in four things – old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
~ Francis Bacon, 1624
And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.
~ Alexander Pope
Beer is made by men, wine by God!
~ Martin Luther
Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply ‘In my mother’s womb, probably as a result of the oysters and Champagne.
~ Isadora Duncan
Burgundy for kings, Champagne for duchesses, Claret for gentlemen.
~ Anon French Proverb
Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory, but so are those of the ballet or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.
Come quickly! I am tasting stars!
~ Dom Perignon at his first sip of champagne
Compromises are for relationships, not wine.
~ Sir Robert Scott Caywood
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
Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.
~ Michael Broadbent
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red.
~ Psalms 75:8
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
God made only water, but man made wine.
~ Victor Hugo, 1856
Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.
~ Spanish saying
Hardly did it appear, than from my mouth it passed into my heart.
~ Abbé de Challieu, 1715, upon first tasting Champagne
He who aspires to be a serious wine drinker must drink claret.
~ Samuel Johnson
He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.
~ Martin Luther, 1777
I am certain that the good Lord never intended grapes to be made into grape jelly.
~ Fiorello La Guardia, former NYC Mayor
I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.
~ W.C. Fields
I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well, then I have consumed two bottles.
~ Bishop of Seville
I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.
~ Diogenes the Cynic
I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
~ Oliver Goldsmith
I made a mental note to watch which bottle became empty soonest, sometimes a more telling evaluation system than any other.
~ Gerald Asher, On Wine, 1982
I serve your Beaune to my friends, but your Volnay I keep for myself.
I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink; that’s the one thing I’m indebted to her for.
~ W.C. Fields
I’m not worried about the reds; they’ll keep OK. But I am worried about the whites.
~ Anonymous “white collar” criminal was quoted before leaving his collection to serve a one year jail sentence
If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.
~ Clifton Fadiman
In the order named, these are the hardest to control: Wine, Women, and Song.
~ Franklin P. Adams
In victory, you deserve champagne; in defeat, you need it.
~ Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997
In vino veritas.
~ Pliny Historia Naturalis
It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.
~ Lou Preston, Preston Vineyards
Life is too short to drink bad wine.
Madame, I may be drunk, but you are ugly, and tomorrow I will be sober.
~ Winston Churchill to Bessie Braddock, a well-known socialist in England, while attended a dinner
Making good wine is a skill; making fine wine is an art.
~ Robert Mondavi
Making wine is like having children; you love them all, but boy, are they different.
~ Bunny Finkelstein
Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
~ Pope John XXIII
My dear girl, there are some things that are just not done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ‘53 above the temperature of 38° Fahrenheit.
~ James Bond
My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.
~ John Maynard Keynes
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
Not since lunch.
~ British wine legend Harry Waugh when asked whether he ever confused a Bordeaux with a Burgundy in a blind tasting
Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.
One should write not unskillfully in the running hand, be able to sing in a pleasing voice, and keep good time to music; and, lastly, a man should not refuse a little wine when it is pressed upon him.
~ Yoshida Kenko, 1340
Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.
~ Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), the Scottish bacteriologist credited with discovering Penicillin in 1928
Poetry is devil’s wine.
~ St. Augustine
Presenting the cork is wine nonsense, a ritual invented by captains and sommeliers. The wine snob doesn’t resent ritual. There is infinite ritual in the etiquette of serving wine. But most of it at least hints at style or purpose. Placing an unsightly cork on the tablecloth hints at absurdity.
~ Leonard S. Bernstein, 1982
She gets to keep the chalet and the Rolls, I want the Montrachet.
The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.
~ French proverb
The connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes its secrets.
~ Salvador Dali
The French drink them young, so a Socialist government won’t take them. The English drink them old, so they can show their friends cobwebs and dusty bottles. The American drink them exactly when they are ready, because they don’t know any better.
~ Anonymous discussing drinking the wines of Bordeaux
The great evil of wine is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty wrestler.
~ Titus Maccius, 190 BC
The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt to cultivate the olive and the vine.
~ Thucydides, Greek Historian, 5th century BCE.
The two professions are almost the same. Each depends on source material and takes a lot of time to perfect. The big difference is that today’s winemakers still worry about quality.
~ Francis Ford Coppola about Filmmaking and winemaking
The wine-cup is the little silver well. Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.
~ William Shakespeare
There is nothing like wine for conjuring up feelings of contentment and goodwill. It is less of a drink than an experience, an evocation, a spirit. It produces sensations that defy description.
~ Thomas Conklin, Wine: A Primer
Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking.
~ The Talmud, 200BC
We may lay in a stock of pleasures as we would lay in a stock of wine, but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
~ Charles Caleb Colton
What though youth gave love and roses age still leaves us friends and wine.
~ Thomas Moore
When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.
~ Alexis Lichine
When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
~ Aristophanes, 424 BC
Wine and wenches empty men’s purses.
~ English Proverb
Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the coward flight, drives dull care away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.
Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil.
~ Lord Byron
Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.
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
Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary.
~ Babylonian Talmud: Baba Bathra
Wine is bottled poetry.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Wine is life.
~ Petronius, Roman writer
Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.
~ Ernest Hemingway
Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.
~ Louis Pasteur
Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others.
~ Samuel Johnson, April 28, 1778
Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.
~ André Simon
Wine offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.
~ Ernest Hemingway
Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771
Wine. The intellectual part of the meal.
~ Alexandre Dumas, 1873
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