Famous Quotes – Poets, Writers, and Anonymous.

“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.
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“By wine we are generous made; It furnishes fancy with wings; Without it we should ne’er have had Philosophers, poets or kings.”
– Anonymous, Wine and Wisdom, 1710.
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“God in His goodness sent the grapes, To cheer both great and small; Little fools will drink too much, And great fools not at all.”
– Anonymous, source not recorded.
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“How is champagne made? By sheer genius, sir, sheer genius!”
– Conversation at White’s Club, London, reported in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“She gets to keep the chalet and the Rolls, I want the Montrachet.”
– Anonymous, Forbes Magazine, May 6, 1996.
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“Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.”
– Anonymous.
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“I know never to take a wine for granted. Drawing a cork is like attendance at a concert or at a play that one know 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.
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“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.
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“The First Growths of Bordeaux were not selected competitively in the course of a gigantic taste-off. They selected themselves, in a way, by doing the right things at the right time.”
– Gerald Asher, On Wine, 1982.
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“The soft extractive note of an aged cork being withdrawn has the true sound of a man opening his heart.”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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“Do not force your opinion of a wine down the throats of your guests. Patiently listen to theirs. You will have lots of fun.”
– Charles Walter Berry, A Miscellany of Wine, 1932, quoted in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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” We are now to have a Magnum of 1868 Romanee….we might all stand in silence for half a minute, glass in hand, to offer heartfelt thanks to the Giver of such good things.”
– Charles Walter Berry, Viniana, quoted in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“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 am thirsty.”
– 1961 newspaper interview; many sources, including Wine On Line.
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“Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil.”
– Lord Byron.
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“‘Tis pity wine should be so deleterious, For tea and coffee leave us much more serious.”
– Lord Byron.
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“Hardly did it appear, than from my mouth it passed into my heart.”
– Abbe de Challieu, 1715, upon first tasting Champagne; Wine on Line.
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“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”
– Andre Simon, Commonsense of Wine
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“Only in regard to wine did he have no limits.”
– Confucius, Analects, Book 10, quoted in Bartlett’s Quotations, Centennial Edition, 1955.
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“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.
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“Wine … the intellectual part of the meal.”
– Alexandre Dumas, Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine, 1873, quoted in The Essential Wine Buff, edited by Jennifer Taylor, 1996.
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“Where there is no wine there is no love.”
– Attributed to Euripedes.
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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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“The great French white wine, Corton-Charlemagne, owes its existence, according to local legend, not to the emperor but to his wife. The red wines of Corton stained his white beard so messily that she persuaded him to plant vines that would produce white wines. Charlemagne ordered white grapes to be planted. Thus Corton-Charlemagne.”
– Clifton Fadiman, The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes.
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“More than any other wine, Champagne is a luxury brand made and sold by a hard-headed, hard-working, rather cold-blooded bunch of people, fully aware that no one needs to drink Champagne, that its glorious patina needs constant polishing.”
– Nicholas Faith, The Story of Champagne, 1989.
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“With good friends …. And good food on the board, and good wine in the pitcher, we may well ask: When shall we live if not now?”
– M.F.K Fisher, The Art of Living, quoted in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, James B. Simpson, 1997.
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“From wine what sudden friendship springs!”
– John Gay, Fables; The Squire and his Cur, Part II, 1738.
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“Fill ev’ry glass, for wine inspires us, And fires us With courage, love and joy. Women and wine should life employ. Is there ought else on earth desirous?”
– John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera, 1728.
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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 the most civilized thing in the world.”
– Attributed to Ernest Hemingway.
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“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.”
– Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, 1926.
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“Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.”
– Attributed to Ernest Hemingway.
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“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.
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“Some take their gold in minted mold, And some in harps hereafter, But give me mine in bubble fine and keep the change in laughter.”
– Oliver Herford.
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“Baron James Rothschild sent Rossini [composer of The Barber of Seville, William Tell, etc.] some splendid grapes from his hothouse. Rossini, in thanking him, wrote, although your grapes are superb, I don t like my wine in capsules. Rothschild read this as an invitation to send him some of his celebrated Chateau-Lafite, which he proceeded to do.”
– Lillie de Hegermann-Lindencrone, In the Courts of Memory.
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“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”
– Attributed to Homer, The Odyssey.
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“Wine gives strength to weary men.”
– Attributed to Homer.
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“I could not conjure up one melancholy fancy, upon a mutton chop and a glass of Champagne.”
– Jerome K. Jerome, Decanter, December 1997.
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“All wine’s associations are with occasions when people are at their best; with relaxation, contentment, leisurely meals and the free flow of ideas.”
– Attributed to Hugh Johnson.
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“To buy good wine and not look after it properly is like not polishing your Rolls-Royce.”
– Attributed to Hugh Johnson, NY Times Wine and the Net.
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“Drink to me only with thine eyes, And, I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I’ll not look for wine.”
– Ben Jonson, The Forest, 1616, Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.”
– Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek, 1946.
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“When you drank it, you felt as if you were in communion with the blood of the earth itself.”
– Nikos Kazantzakis, quoted by Kermit Lynch in Adventures on the Wine Route, 1988.
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“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
– Attributed to John Maynard Keynes.
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“This wine is Mozart, that one is pure Wagner.”
– NY Times, October 13, 1985, quoted in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, James B. Simpson, 1997.
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“Wine has … inspired invention, animated religion, made men vociferous, nourished beliefs, kindled wrath, provoked love and lust and softened hard beds.”
– London Times, ‘Wine Merchants Uncorked’, September 3, 1993, quoted in Contemporary Quotations, James B. Simpson, 1997.
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“This song of mine is a song of the vine To be sung by the glowing embers of wayside inns, When the rain begins To darken the Drear November.”
– Attributed to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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“I intend to die in a tavern; let the wine be placed near my dying mouth, so that when the choirs of angels come, they may say, God be merciful to this drinker!”
– Walter Map, De Nugis Curialium. Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“What find you better or more honorable than age? Take the preeminence of it in everything – in an old friend, in old wine, in an old pedigree.”
– Attributed to Shakerley Marmion, The Antiquary.
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“And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last.”
– Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Lover, 1748. Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“What though youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine.”
– Thomas Moore, National Airs, 1815, Bartlett’s Quotations 1901 edition.
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“Just use a little red wine; it will get that club soda stain right out of there.”
– About Last Night.
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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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“As for the wine, I sucked it all down in one draught, and it seemed to go straight into my veins and flow round my body like new blood.”
– Attributed to George Orwell.
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“When there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing.”
– Attributed to Ovid, The Art of Love (c. A.D. 8).
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“Wine gives courage and makes men [more] apt for passion.”
– Attributed to Ovid, Quote Search.
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“Three be the things I shall ne’er attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.”
– Attributed to Dorothy Parker, Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“There are two reasons for drinking wine…when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it… prevention is better than cure.”
– Attributed to Tomas Love Peacock.
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“The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.”
– Thomas Love Peacock quoted in Wine Quotations, Helen Exley, 1994.
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“Nothing is so effective in keeping one young and full of lust as a discriminating palate thoroughly satisfied at least once a day.”
– Attributed to Angelo Pelligrini, The Unprejudiced Palate.
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“Wine is an old man’s milk.”
– Antonio Perez, Aphorisms, 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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“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, Notes on a Cellar Book.
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“You needn’t tell me that a man who doesn’t love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.”
– Saki, ‘The Match Maker’, The Chronicles of Clovis, 1911.
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“I am falser than vows made in wine.”
– Shakespeare, As You Like It. Act 3, Scene 5, line 73.
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“Good wine needs no bush.”
– Shakespeare, As You Like It. Epilogue.
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“If it be true that good wine needs no bush, ’tis true that a good play needs no epilogue; yet to good wine they do use good bushes, and good plays prove the better by the help of good epilogues.”
– Shakespeare, As You Like It, Epilogue.
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“Drink some wine ere you go: fare you well.”
– Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 3, Scene 5.
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“A man cannot make him laugh – but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine.”
– Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2.
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“Every man shall eat in safety under his own vine what he plants, and sing the merry songs of peace to all his neighbors.”
– Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
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“Had I but died an hour before this chance I had liv’d a blessed time; for, from this instant, There’s nothing serious in mortality, All is but toys; renown and grace is dead, The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.”
– Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene 3, line 98, 1606.
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“The wine of life is drawn, and the meer lees Is left this vault to brag of.”
– Shakespeare. Macbeth.
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“Do not fall in love with me; For I am falser than vows made in wine.”
– Shakespeare.
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“Give me a bowl of wine: I have not that alacrity of spirit, nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.”
– Shakespeare, Richard III.
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“Wine drinking is no occult art to be practiced only by the gifted few. Indeed, it is not an art at all. It is, or should be, the sober habit of every normal man and woman burdened with normal responsibilities and with a normal desire to keep their problems in perspective and themselves in good health.”
– Allan Sichel, The Penguin Book of Wines.
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“If on my theme I rightly think, There are five reasons why men drink, — Good wine, a friend, because I ‘m dry, Or lest I should be by and by, Or any other reason why.”
– John Sirmond, Causae Bibendi John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations, 1901.
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“What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.”
– Attributed to William Sokolin in many sources, including Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“Champagne, the great civilizer.”
– Attributed to Talleyrand in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“The wine of Love is music, and the feast of Love is song: And when Love sits down to the banquet, Love sits long.”
– James Thomson, The Vine, Stanza 1. Bartlett’s Quotations, Centennial Edition, 1955.
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“You Americans have the loveliest wines in the world, you know, but you don’t realize it. You call them domestic and that’s enough to start trouble anywhere.”
– H. G. Wells, quoted in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998.
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“Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and sigh.”
– William Butler Yeats, Green Helmet and Other Poems.
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“In victory, you deserve champagne, in defeat, you need it.”
– Many sources, including Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997.
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