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Wine Quotes

A winemaker’s proudest moment occurs when friends tell you that your wine tastes as good, or better than commercially produced wine" Winemaker's Notes

" If all be true that I do think, there are five reasons we should drink:
1. Good wine
2. A friend
3. Or being dry
4. Or lest we should be, by and by
5. Or any other reason why!"
Henry Aldrich 1647 - 1710

"Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy." – Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), the Scottish bacteriologist credited with discovering Penicillin in 1928

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world." – Ernest Hemingway

"Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it." – Anonymous

"Compromises are for relationships, not wine." – Sir Robert Scott Caywood

"Beer is made by men, wine by God!" – Martin Luther

"Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures." – Michael Broadbent

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

"Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age." – Pope John XXIII

"Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that 'age appears to be best in four things - old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read." – Francis Bacon, 1624

"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food." – W. C. Fields

"Wine is life." – Petronius, Roman writer

"He who aspires to be a serious wine drinker must drink claret." ("claret" is the British term for red Bordeaux) – Samuel Johnson

"Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin." – Napoleon

"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

"Life is too short to drink bad wine." – Anonymous

"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." – Napoleon

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil." – Lord Byron

"I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine." – Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer

"Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased." – Ernest Hemingway

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

"[Making wine] is like having children; you love them all, but boy, are they different." – Bunny Finkelstein (co-owner of Judd's Hill Winery)

"Wine... the intellectual part of the meal." – Alexandre Dumas, 1873

"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." – Horace

"And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile." – Alexander Pope

"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover." – Clifton Fadiman

"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

"If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul." – Clifton Fadiman

"And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard." – Genesis 9:20

"So life's year begins and closes; Days though shortening still can shine; What though youth gave love and roses; Age still leaves us friends and wine." – Thomas Moore

"A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect." – Robert Louis Stevenson

"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." – Attributed to a Bishop of Seville

"The wine-cup is the little silver well, Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell." – William Shakespeare

"It takes a lot of beer to make good wine." – Lou Preston, Preston Vineyards

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized." – André Simon

"I serve your Beaune to my friends, but your Volnay I keep for myself." – Voltaire

When asked whether he ever confused a Bordeaux with a Burgundy in a blind tasting, British wine legend Harry Waugh replied: "Not since lunch."

"Within the bottle's depths, the wine's soul sang one night." – Charles Baudelaire, French poet and critic

"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 in Ian Fleming's Goldfinger

"Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues." – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771

"Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary." – Babylonian Talmud: Baba Bathra

"Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure." – Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus 9:10

"During one of my treks through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several days." – Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields) in My Little Chickadee, 1940

A man, fallen on hard times, sold his art collection but kept his wine cellar. When asked why he did not sell his wine, he said, "A man can live without art, but not without culture." – Anonymous

"I can certainly see you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn't know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret." – Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in Fawlty Towers ["Claret" is an English term for red Bordeaux.]

"We could in the United States make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good." – Thomas Jefferson

"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance." – Attributed to Benjamin Franklin

"In the order named, these are the hardest to control: Wine, Women, and Song." – Franklin P. Adams, The Ancient Three. Dictionary of Quotations, Bergen Evans, 1968

Bessie Braddock, a well-known socialist in England, attended a dinner party at which she was seated next to Winston Churchill who had had quite a bit to drink. She said to him, "Winston, you are drunk!" He replied, "Madame, I may be drunk, but you are ugly, and tomorrow I will be sober."

"Never buy the cheapest wine in any category, as its taste may discourage you from going on. The glass, corks, cartons, and labor are about the same for any wine, as are the ocean freight and taxes for imported wines. Consequently, if you spend a little more, you are likely to get a better wine, because the other costs remain fixed. Cheap wine will always be too expensive." – Alex Bespaloff, New Signet Book of Wine, 1986

Before leaving home to serve a one year jail sentence, a "white collar" criminal was quoted as saying, "I'm not worried about the reds; they'll keep OK. But I am worried about the whites." – Anonymous

"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 B.C.E.

"The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She was going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched into France." – Sam Diamond in Murder by Death (1976)

"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

"Anyone who tries to make you believe that he knows all about wines is obviously a fake." – Leon Adams, The Commonsense Book of Wine

"No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, 'The old is better." – Luke 5:39

"This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste." – Count Mippipopolous in The Sun Also Rises, 1926, by Ernest Hemingway

"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?" – Larson E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields), You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

"Great news!" she said after speaking to our doctor. "I have it on the highest medical authority that you will still be alive in 10 years! You know what this means?" she asked. "Of course I know what it means," I replied. "It means we don't have to drink up all our 1985 and 1986 Château Latour at supper tonight for fear I might die with several outrageously priced wines undrunk. For the first time in years, we can go to bed sober." – Based on Russell Baker, New York Times, 12 May 1990

"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." – Attributed to the late Julia Child

"Between 5/22/85 and 5/4/88, the French writer Jean-Paul Kauffmann was held chained and often blindfolded in a Beirut basement [by a] Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group. A lover of Bordeaux, Mr. Kauffmann recited daily the list of the 61 greatest chateaux drawn up in 1855. He strove to conjure up the aroma of a Chateau Margaux or a Leoville-Poyferre. Occasionally a small miracle would occur, and the scent of black currants and plum would permeate the dusty heat of Lebanon." – Roger Cohen, "Ways of Doing Time," New York Times, 5/4/97

"I know never to take a wine for granted. Drawing a cork is like attendance at a concert or at a play that one knows well, when there is all the uncertainty of no two performances ever being quite the same. That is why the French say, 'There are no good wines, only good bottles." – Gerald Asher, On Wine, 1982

"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, The Knights, 424 B.C.E.

Champagne Quotes

The first written reference to Champagne was English, not French! In 1676, Etherege wrote in praise of "sparkling Champagne" which "Quickly recovers / Poor laughing lovers, / Makes us frolic and gay, / and drowns all our sorrows." The use of the adjective "sparkling" implies that some time prior to this the wines of the Champagne district were not necessarily sparkling.

"I drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." – Madame Lilly Bollinger

"Champagne has the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife." – Aldous Huxley

"Hardly did it appear, than from my mouth it passed into my heart." – Abbe de Challieu, 1715, upon first tasting Champagne

"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" – Dom Perignon, at the moment he discovered champagne

"Champagne and orange juice is a great drink. The orange improves the champagne. The champagne definitely improves the orange." – Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

"Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

"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 Claude

"A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is agreeably stirred; the wits become more nimble. A bottle produces the contrary effect. Excess causes a comatose insensibility. So it is with war: and the quality of both is best discovered by sipping." – Winston Churchill

"Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!" – Winston Churchill (WWI)

"No government could survive without champagne. Champagne in the throats of our diplomatic people is like oil in the wheels of an engine." – Joseph Dargent

"In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening." – Willie Gluckstern

"I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate…and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself." – Napoleon Bonaparte

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