Famous Quotes – Entertainers and Professionals

“The soft extractive note of an aged cork being withdrawn has the true sound of a man opening his heart.”
– William Samuel Benwell, Journey to Wine in Victoria, Melbourne.
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“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”
– Michael Broadbent.
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“If there are wines you have never tried before, please consult your waiter and let us encourage you to be adventurous. You’ll find it rewarding–and we will never make you pay for a wine you do not like.”
– From the menu of Campanile, Los Angeles.
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“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 Julia Child.
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“Wine is music from the vineyard.”
– Marilyn Clark, Sarah’s Vineyard.
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“A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.”
– Clifton Fadiman, NY Times, March 8, 1987.
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“I had to cook a dinner glorious enough to complement the Lafite. It took four days.”
– Attributed to Gael Greene.
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“Wine is an appropriate article for mankind, both for the healthy body and for the ailing man.”
– Attributed to Hippocrates.
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“It is my wish that an unforgettable wine should live on after me.”
– Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.
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“Let’s have some wine, go upstairs, and look at my money.”
– David Letterman.
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“Wine glasses, like fine wines, have always been a symbol of civilized living.”
– Alexis Lichine, Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France. Third Edition, 1986.
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“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
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“Wine was born, not invented … like an old friend, it continues to surprise us in new and unexpected ways.”
– Dr. Salvatore P. Lucia, quoted in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“If Claret is the king of natural wines, Burgundy is the queen.”
– Attributed to Moliere.
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“I like to drink wine more than I used to.”
– Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
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“Is not wine the very essence of laughter?”
– Maurice des Ombiaux, Le Gotha des vins de France, 1925 in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“Fermentation is correlative with life. Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”
– Attributed to Louis Pasteur.
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“A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Man, quoted in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“Come quickly! I am tasting stars! [at his first sip of champagne].”
– Dom Perignon, Dictionary of Quotations, Bergen Evans, 1968.
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“Then wine bottles were brought up, carefully sealed and labeled. ‘FALERNIAN, CONSUL OPIMIUS, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD.’ While we were examining the labels, Trimalchio clapped his hands. ‘Wine has a longer life than us poor mortals,’ he sighed, ‘so let us refresh our palates. Wine is life. I am giving you real Opimian.'”
– Petronius, The Satyricon, quoted in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“Drink to me with your eyes alone… And if you will, take the cup to your lips and fill it with kisses, and give it so to me.”
– Philostratus: Letter, Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“The miracle of wine lies in the fact that makes a man what he should always be, friend of other men.”
– E. Engel
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“At a recent tasting of the wines of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Eric de Rothschild was asked about his favorite vintage: ‘The ’59, he answered, if you like young wine.'”
– The Official Guide to Wine Snobbery, Leonard S. Bernstein, 1982.
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“Excellent wine generates enthusiasm. And whatever you do with enthusiasm is generally successful. Baron Philippe de Rothschild, quoted in All American wine tastes the same … like Coca Cola.”
– Baron Philippe de Rothschild, The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The mottoes of Mouton before and after being raised to a First Cru; the story is told in many sources; these quotes are taken from Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997. What a man calls his ‘conscience’ is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love.”
– Helen Rowland, A Guide to Men, “Cymbals and Kettledrums”, 1922.
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“Stories about [the German composer Johannes] Brahms’s rudeness and wit: A great wine connoisseur invited the composer to dinner. This is the Brahms of my cellar, he said to his guests, producing a dust-covered bottle and pouring some into the master s glass. Brahms looked first at the color of the wine, then sniffed its bouquet, finally took a sip, and put the glass down without saying a word. Don t you like it? asked the host. Hmm, Brahms muttered. Better bring your Beethoven!”
– Arthur Rubinstein, My Young Years.
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“Anyone who knows his history … must surely know his wines.”
– Attributed to Arnold Toynbee.
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“At the Royall Oake Taverne, I drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan, that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with. [This was the first named Bordeaux chateau wine; now Haut-Brion.]”
– Samuel Pepys, Diary, 1663.
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“Now this is an amusing little Chardonnay… with a surprisingly perky personality, until it is consumed in large quantities, at which point it seems to display some alarming emotional problems. Cartoon: A wine critic.”
– Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997.
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“A winemaker’s task is to bring to perfection the natural potential that is in the fruit itself. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley California.”
– Warren Winiarski, quoted in Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997.
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“Overheard at The Diner in Yountville, California in the Napa Valley: How do you make a small fortune in the wine business? Start with a large fortune and buy a winery.”
– Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997.
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“As one California winemaker said: We release no wine before the bank tells us that it’s ready.”
– Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997.
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