La Vie Dansante Wines

Wine Quotes

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently, and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken

– Homer

…she uncorked it and put it to her lips. “I know something interesting is sure to happen,” she said to herself, “whenever I eat or drink anything; so I’ll just see what this bottle does.”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I’m just a gatherer of mangoes and dates, a little ganja, women and grapes.

– Scott Kirby

Don’t worry if you can’t understand wine-speak.  Nobody can.  It’s a language invented by drunk people.

– Jay Fedigan, documentary film maker

I was always convinced that by making wine, you were making friends.

– Jean-Michel Cazes, savior of Lynch-Bages

All wine has nutritional value; if you don’t buy it, we don’t eat.

– Anonymous

I thought I had the flu.  Turns out it was just withdrawls.

– Jeff Fadness after the 2010 harvest.

Fine wine leaves you with something pleasant, ordinary wine just leaves.

– Maynard Amerine

A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.

– Rudyard Kipling

A small carafe of wine is illogical, immoral, and inadequate.

– Unknown

The road to great wine is littered with beer bottles.

– Unknown

Compromises are for relationships, not wine.

– Sir Robert Scott Caywood

A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows.

– George Bernard Shaw

Fill ev’ry glass, for wine inspires us, and fires us with courage, love, and joy.

– John Gay

With wine in hand one reaches the happystate where men are wise, women are beautiful, and one’s children begin to look promising.

Robert Farrar Capon

Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.

– John Milton

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

– Pope John XXIII

Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.

– Evelyn Waugh

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.

– Jean-Antheleme Brillat-Savarin

A meal without wine is breakfast.

– Charlie Adler

My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.

– John Maynard Keynes

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.

– Benjamin Franklin

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

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.

– Homer, “Odyssey (9th c. B.C.)

God made only water, but man made wine.

– Victor Hugo, “Les Contemplations” (1856)

In wine there is truth.

– Pliny the Elder [A.D.23-79] “Natural History,” Book XIV, Sect. 141

Wine is made to be drunk as women are made to be loved; profit by the freshness of youth or the splendor of maturity; do not await decrepitude.

– Theophile Malvezin

I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.

– Diogenes the Cynic

He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.

– Martin Luther

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

– Aristophanes

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

– Samuel Johnson

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.

– St. Thomas Aquinas

Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!

– Winston S. Churchill

Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them.

– Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. ‘Much obliged,’ said he, pushing the plate aside, ‘I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills.

– Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Where there is no wine there is no love.

– Euripides

Fill up, fill up, for wisdom cools
When e’er we let the wine rest.
Here’s death to Prohibition’s fools,
And every kind of vine-pest!

– Jamrach Holobom

A flask of wine, a book of verse – and thou.

– Omar Khayyam

I drink it 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.

– Madam Lilly Bollinger

“My manner of living is plain… A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready, and such as will be content to partake of that, are always welcome.”

– George Washington

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.

– Unknown

Where there is plenty of wine, sorrow and worry take wing.

– Unknown

The soft extractive note of an aged cork being withdrawn has the true sound of a man opening his heart.

– William S Benwell

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”

– Proverbs 31:6-7

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 Claudel

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?

– W C Fields

From wine what sudden friendship springs!

– John Gay

I have lived temperately … I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine a day and even treble it with a friend.

– Thomas Jefferson

By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.

– Thomas Jefferson

If you can’t put the bottle in a safe place under your chair, you are either in too fine company, or you’ve fallen off your chair just to meet your bottle on an equal level.

– Hannu Lehmusvuori

Why is there so much wine left at the end of my money?

– Milan Maximovich

Nothing is so effective in keeping one young and full of lust as a discriminating palate thoroughly satisfied at least once a day.

– Angelo Pelligrini

I’ll never be able to afford it so I better buy it now.

– Andrew Scott

Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it

– William Shakespeare, Othello Act II, Scene III

I never understood a single word he said but he always had some mighty fine wine … and I helped him drink his wine.

– Hoyt Axton

The First Duty of wine is to be Red … the second is to be a Burgundy.

– Harry Waugh

Blind tastings are to wine what strip poker is to love.

– Kermit Lynch

Appreciating old wine is like making love to a very old lady. It is possible. It can even be enjoyable. But it requires a bit of imagination.

– Andre Tchelistcheff

What is better than to sit at the end of the day and drink wine with friends, or substitutes for friends!

– James Joyce

Consuming wine in moderation daily will help people to die young as late as possible.

– Dr Philip Norrie

I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles.

– A Bishop of Seville

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.

– Louis Pasteur

Eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart.

– Ecclesiastes 9:7

In water one sees one’s own face;
But in wine one beholds the heart of another.

– French proverb

Wine is sunlight, held together by water!

– Galileo Galilei

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

Wine is a terrible foe, hard to wrestle with.

– Euripides

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.

– Thomas Fuller

A wine is ready when you can’t bear to wait for it any longer.

– Karen MacNeil

Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

– Dorothy Parker

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.

– St. Thomas Aquinas

Making good wine is a skill. Fine wine is an art.

– Robert Mondavi

What though youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine.

– Thomas Moore

Where there is no wine there is no love.

– Euripides

One day her mother said to her, “Come, Little Red Riding Hood, here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. Take them to your grandmother, she is ill and weak, and they will do her good.”

-Printed in Kinder- und Hausmarchen, a collection of German Fairy Tales, 1812 by the Brothers Grimm

Spill the wine, take that girl

– Eric Burden and War

The soft extractive note of an aged cork being withdrawn has the true sound of a man opening his heart.

– William S. Benwell, “Journey to Wine in Victoria,” Melbourne 76

“To which University,’ said a lady, some time since, to the late sagacious Dr. Warren, ‘shall I send my son?’ ‘Madam,’ replied he, ‘they drink, I believe, near the same quantity of Port in each of them.”

– A clipping from The Times of London, circa 1798:

“Hey Man, I’m drinking wine, eating cheese and catching some rays.

– Donald Sutherland as Oddball, in “Kelly’s Heroes”

I love everything that’s old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine

– Oliver Goldsmith, “She Stoops to Conquer”

And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile

– Alexander Pope

And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard

– Genesis 9:20

I serve you Beaune to my friends, but your Volnay I keep for myself.

– Voltaire

My dear girl, there are some things that are just not done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees.

– James Bond in Ian Fleming’s “Goldfinger”

Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary.

– Babylonian Talmud: Baba Bathra

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

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

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

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

“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

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

– John Keats

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”

– Jalaluddin 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

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.”

– Martin Luther

“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

“I like on the table, when we’re speaking, the light of a bottle of intelligent wine.”

– Pablo Neruda

“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, Brida

“Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Wine is like the incarnation–it is both divine and human”

– Paul Tillich

“A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover”

– Clifton Fadiman

“Life’s too short to drink cheap wine…”

– Cliff Hakim

“White wine is like electricity. Red wine looks and tastes like a liquefied beefsteak.”

– James Joyce

“Great wine works wonders and is itself one”

– Edward Steinberg, Making of a Great Wine

“There must be always wine and fellowship or we are truly lost.”

– Ann Fairbairn

“Wine is like many of the fine experiences in life which take time and experience to extract their full pleasure and meaning.”

– Douglas Preston, Crimson Shore

“You were like fine wine, but cheap wine gets you drunk faster.”

– Dominic Riccitello

“There is no wine so sweet as wine taken from a foe.”

– George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

“True love is like wine, it gets stronger with age.”

– Farid F. Ibrahim