30 Quotes About Wine

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Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures. -Michael Broadbent

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. -Paulo Coelho

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. -John Keats

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

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

A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow. -Kathy Mattea

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

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

Artists and poets still find life’s meaning in a glass of wine. -Joy Sterling

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages. -Louis Pasteur

I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens. -Thomas Jefferson

One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters… But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk. -Charles Baudelaire

Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine. -Joan Collins

I like on the table, / when we’re speaking, / the light of a bottle / of intelligent wine. -Pablo Neruda

Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living. -Robert Mondavi

Like human beings, a wine’s taste is going to depend a great deal on its origins and its upbringing. -Linda Johnson-Bell

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

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

Either give me more wine or leave me alone. -Rumi

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing. -Ernest Hemingway

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

[Making wine] is like having children; you love them all, but boy, are they different. -Bunny Finkelstein

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

I love how wine continues to evolve, how every time I open a bottle it’s going to taste different than if I had opened it on any other day. Because a bottle of wine is actually alive – it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks – like your ’61 – and begins its steady, inevitable decline. And it tastes so fucking good. -Virginia Madsen as Maya in Sideways

Beer is made by men, wine by God! -Martin Luther

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

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

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink, I feel shame! Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work, and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver?” -Jack Handey

Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy. -Alexander Fleming


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.