Quotations about wine

  • “He who knows how to taste wine does not drink wine but savors secrets.” Salvador Dali

  • “Wine is bottled poetry.” Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.”
    Lous Pasteur

  • “Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” Aristophanes

  • “Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books.” Stephen Fry

  • “Of all things known to mortals wine is the most powerful and effectual for exciting and inflaming the passions of mankind, being common fuel to them all.” Francis Bacon

  • “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” Galileo

  • “Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, I’m finding enjoyment in things that stop time. Just the simple act of tasting a glass of wine is its own event. You’re not downing a glass of wine in the midst of doing something else.” David Hyde Pierce

  • “Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.” Maya Angelou

  • “When I go to bed, I’m already thinking of my first cup of coffee in the morning; when I wake up, I’m already thinking of my first glass of wine in the evening…” Jamie May MD

  • "Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares." Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Wine is the nurse of old age. Galen

  • "Where there is no wine there is no love..." Euripides

  • "Either give me more wine or leave me alone" Rumi

  • "A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine." Anthelme Brillat-Saverin

  • "Wine is constant proof that God loves us, and wants to see us happy." - Benjamin Franklin

"With bread and wine, you can walk your road." Spanish proverb

  • "I drink it when I am happy, and when I am sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it if I am. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I am thirsty." Madame Elizabeth Bollinger 1961 (referring to Bollinger Champagne specifically)

  • "If it is good enough for James Bond, then it is good enough for me." (Referring to Bollinger Champagne) Zozi DeLaRoche

  • "I drink it after my defeats, because I need it. I drink it after my successes because I deserve it." Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • "Nothing makes the future look so rosie as to contemplate it through a glass of good red wine." Napoleon Bonaparte

  • "Good wine is like a good language professor. WIth our first sip, we are made happily garrulous. With our second, we are made into earnest philosophers, and sometimes not so earnest. And finally, several sips in, we are all made to speak in different tongues..." Alan Burke

  • "There is a genie in every bottle of good wine and he never fails to deliver." Alan B urke

  • "Lord give me coffee to change the things I can, and give me wine to accept the things I cannot." Unknown

  • "It's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine...it's summertime!" Kenny Chesney

  • "In vino veritas"...."In wine there is truth". Pliny the Elder

  • "Wine is life". Petronius

  • "Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence." Robert Fripp

  • "A glass of wine in one's hand is rather like a jewel, isn't it, a large liquid one?" Marie Rutloski

  • "Wine is wont to show the mind of man." Theognis of Megara

  • "A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world." Louis Pasteru

  • "Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read." Francis Bacon

  • "No risk, no Champagne!" Unknown

  • "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." German saying

  • "Good wine praises itself." Dutch proverb

  • "Good wine should start and end with a smile." William Sokolin

  • "We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine." Eduardo Galeano

  • "People mature with age and experience. I hope I more resemble a fine wine than bad vinegar." - Rick Kaplan

  • "I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

  • "Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy." - Henry Fielding

  • "Sorrow can be allieviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine." - Thomas Aquinas

  • "Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese and one for chocolate." - Gina Barreca

  • "Oh cup-bearer, set my glass afire with the light of wine!" - Hafez

  • "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." - William Butler Yeats

  • "What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others." - Diogenes

  • "If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about the three--- wine, food and art---as a way of enhancing life." - Robert Mondavi

  • "When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines." - Samuel Rutherford

  • "As the best wine doth make the sharpest vinegar, so the deepest love turneth to the deadliest hate." - John Lyly

  • "Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babes, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts." - John Stuart Blackie

  • "I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I cannot describe." - John Hurt

  • "What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • "It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish." - Charles Baudelaire

  • "Too much and too little wine...give him none, he cannot find truth; given him too much, the same..." - Blaise Pascal

  • "The wine I produce is not for keeping. It's the wine you want when meeting friends for a game of cards." - Gerard Depardieu

  • "A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle." - Charles Baudelaire

  • "O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil." - William Shakespeare

  • "One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts." - Samuel Johnson

  • "Christopher Plummer once told me that he never orders a wine without first confirming that the restaurant has a second bottle in case he loves it." - Kenneth Cranham

  • "Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others." - Samuel Johnson

  • "To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history." - Clifton Fadiman

  • "They are not long, the days of wine and roses." - Ernest Dowson

  • "Wine is incredibly sexy." - Eric Trump

  • "Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life." - George Herbert

  • "Maybe it's because I'm getting older, I'm finding enjoyment in things that stop time. Just the simple act of tasting a glass of wine is its own event. You're not downing a glass of wine in the midst of doing something else." - David Hyde Pierce

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

  • "Marriage is like wine. It is not to be properly judged until the second glass." - Douglas William Jerrold

  • "Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it." - Heraclitus

  • "This is the great fault of wine; it first trips up the feet: it is a cunning wrestler." - Titus Maccius Plautus

  • "Wine is a peep-hole on a man." - Alcaeus

  • "We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not claim to anything more. " - Carl Jung

  • "Wine hath drowned more men than the sea." - Thomas Fuller

  • "There is a built-in romance to wine." - Padma Lakshmi

  • "As in wine, we need to get acquainted with mediocrity to notice greatness." - Olivier Magny

  • "I hover over the expensive Scotch and then the Armagnac, but finally settle on a glass of rich red claret. I put it near my nose and nearly pass out. It smells of old houses and aged wood and dark secrets, but also of hard, hot sunshine through ancient shutters and long, wicked afternoons in a four-poster bed. It's not a wine, it's a life, right there in the glass." - Nick Harkaway, The Gone-Away World

  • "No wine can be regarded as unimportant, my friend, since the marriage at Cana." - Graham Greene, Monsignor Quixote

  • "I'd urge you to try Riesling because it's delicious, but I fear you'll be more impressed if I tell you it's cutting edge. That, after all , is what we want to know--what's now and happening. (Do you really think clunky square-toed shoes make your feet look better than those with slimming, tapered toes? You just wear them because that's what fashion dictates, you slut.) - Jay McInerney, A Hedonist in the Cellar: Adventures in Wine

  • "Never drink boring wine." - Keith Wallace

  • "I'm no connoisseur of wines, but I know what's bad." - Lynne Reid Banks

  • "There's wine spilled all over the floor and I wish to write stories with it." - Maya Zaveri

  • "Wisdom is like fine wine. It's only appreciated when shared." - Andrew-Knox B Kaniki

  • " Drown myself in liquids of all kind

Pour me another fiery glass of wine

Volcanoes flash before my eyes

I fear the love I left behind."

Isbelle Razors

"Looking over what we have just written, we found it just as difficult to banish fleeting

thoughts of taking the Pledge as to resist pouring a hasty glass of wine. Humans, as

we've already remarked, tend to take good ideas to extremes, and as in all other realms of

human experience, there is a calculation to be made. It is a good idea to moderate the intake

of any alcoholic beverage, including wine, not only to avoid the short-term repercussions of

over-imbibing, but also to avoid long-term addiction to alcohol. Yet, as we celebrate

throughout this book, wine has since the earliest times played a special role in human

life, both as an emblem of civilization and as an enhancement of our experience of the

world. There is, quite simply, nothing to replace it. We can offer no alternative to the

standard exhortation: drink, responsibly.

lan Tattersall, A Natural History of Wine

It had withstood the years. His knife sliced it open and the cork was still intact beneath. For

a moment the scent was so immediately pungent that all he could do was endure it,

teeth clenched, as it worked its will on him. It smelled earthy and a little sour, like the canal

in midsummer, with a sharpness which reminded him of the vegetable cutter and the

gleeful tang of freshly dug potatoes. For a second the illusion was so strong that he was

actually there in that vanished place with Joe leaning on his spade and the radio wedged in

a fork in a tree.

A sudden overwhelming excitement took hold of him and he poured a small quantity of the

wine into a glass, trying not to spill the liquid in his eagerness. It was dusky pink, like

papaya juice, and it seemed to climb the sides of the glass in a frenzy of anticipation, as if

something inside it were alive and anxious to work its magic on his flesh.

Joanne Harris, Blackberry Wine

I wanted to kiss her. She looked like the

picture of peace, but I knew better to keep my

passion to myself. Instead I put my lips to my

wine glass, pretending that it was her. The

taste was sticky sweet, but certainly not as


Maddy Kobar, From Out of Feldspar

But we must not do this often, in case the mind acquires a bad habit; yet at times it must

be stimulated to rejoice without restraint and austere soberness must be banished for a

while. For whether we agree with the Greek poet that 'Sometimes it is sweet to be mad,' or

with Plato that 'A man sound in mind knocks in vain at the doors of poetry, or with

Aristotle that No great intellect has been without a touch of madness,' only a mind that

is deeply stirred can utter something noble and beyond the power of others. When it has

scorned everyday and commonplace thoughts and risen aloft on the wings of divine

inspiration, only then does it sound a note nobler than mortal voice could utter. As long

as it remains in its senses it cannot reach any lofty and difficult height: it must desert the

usual track and race away, champing the bit and hurrying its driver in its course to a height

it would have feared to scale by itself.

Seneca, On the shortness of life