One of the disadvantages of wine is that it
makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
- Samuel Johnson
Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in
commendation of age, that age
appears to be best in four things: old wood best to burn, old wine to
drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
- Francis Bacon, 1624
Moderately drunk, coffee removes vapours from the brain, occasioned by
fumes of wine, or other strong liquors; eases pains in the head, prevents sour
belchings, and provokes appetite.
- England's Happiness Improved (1699)
We ought to do good to others as
simply as a horse runs, or a bee
makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season
without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
- Marcus Aurelius
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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.
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, 1910
Wine is light,
held together by water.
It has become quite a common proverb
that "in wine there is truth."
In Vino Veritas
- Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis, 75 A. D.
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
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian;
wine and tarragon make it French.
Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek.
Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
- Alice May Brock
Mankind . . . possesses two supreme
blessings. First of these is the
goddess Demeter, or Earth whichever name you choose to call
her by. It was she who gave to man his nourishment of grain. But
after her there came the son of Semele, who matched her present
by inventing liquid wine as his gift to man. For filled with that good
gift, suffering mankind forgets its grief; from it comes sleep; with it
oblivion of the troubles of the day. There is no other medicine for
- Euripides, The Bacchae, circa 407 B.C.
Wine makes daily living easier, less
with fewer tensions and more tolerance.
- Benjamin Franklin
It sloweth age, it strengtheneth youth, it helpeth
digestion, it abandoneth
melancholie, it relisheth the heart, it lighteneth the mind, it quickenth the
spirits, it keepeth and preserveth the head from whirling, the eyes from
dazzling, the tongue from lisping, the mouth from snaffling, the teeth from
chattering and the throat from rattling; it keepeth the stomach from wambling,
the heart from swelling, the hands from shivering, the sinews from shrinking,
the veins from crumbling, the bones from aching,and the marrow from soaking.
- 16th Century manuscript
He bringeth forth grass for the cattle; and
green herb for the service of men;
That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man;
and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen a man's heart.
- The Prayer Book, 1662
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
The grape gains its
purple tinge by looking at another grape.
[Latin: Uvaque conspecta livorem ducit ab uva.]
- Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires (II, 81)
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.
I give you one health in the juice of the vine,
The blood of the vineyard shall mingle with mine;
Thus let us drain the last few drops of gold,
And empty our hearts of the blessings they hold.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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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.
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
- Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Men are like a fine wine. They
all start out like
grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and
keep them in the dark until they mature into
something you'd want to have dinner with.
- Female Author Unknown
We hear of the conversion of water
into wine at the marriage in
Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness
of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which
descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates
itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that
God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
- Benjamin Franklin
The juice of the grape is the liquid
quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.
- Thomas Love Peacock
I can think of no other single item
that can improve my life,
my digestion, my disposition and my world more than wine.
Wine is an ancient, readily available beverage that makes me
better than I am and brings gentle illumination to the
dark corners of my existence."
- Robert Hershoff
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To take wine into your mouth is to
droplet of the river of human history.
- Clifton Fadiman
May our wine brighten the mind and strengthen the resolution.
When wine enlivens the heart, may friendship surround the table.
May friendship, like wine, improve as time
And may we always have old wine, old friends, and young cares.
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all do what, in the long run, gives us joy,
even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
- E.B. White
Wine has been with us since the
beginning of civilization. It is the
temperate, civilized, sacred, romantic mealtime beverage recommended
in the Bible. Wine has been praised for centuries by statesmen,
philosophers, poets, and scholars. Wine in moderation is an integral
part of our culture, heritage and gracious way of life.
- Robert Mondavi
It fills one's mouth with a gushing
freshness - then goes down cool
and feverless - then you do not feel it quarrelling with your liver -
no, it is rather a peacemaker, and it lies as quiet as it did in the
grape; then it is as fragrant as the queen bee, and the more ethereal
part of it mounts into the brain ... like Aladdin about his enchanted
palace so gently that you do not feel his step.
- John Keats, 1819
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- The Rubiyaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Traveller, stay thy steps,
and on the hillside contemplate these peerless vines:
They are monuments worthy of thy gaze.
Oh taste and see how delectable this pure wine,
how wondrous its bouquet,
And give praise to God, the creator of such great blessings.
- Louis Gaspard d'Estournel, 1830
The evolutionary descent, some would
argue ascent, from an aboriginal
species has resulted in grapes as varied and diverse as the regions they
inhabit. Some species produce dwarf shrubs 2-6 feet high in harsh terrain
where roots must find interstices in rock to gain foothold. Others produce
enormous trunks supporting great canopies of branch and vine that produce
fruit for two or more centuries. Between these extremes are a score of
species that vary greatly and yet are close enough alike that identification
is sometimes a difficult task. Their leaves, in particular, with few
exceptions, are uncannily similar.
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Women are like fine wine. They
all start out fresh, fruity and
intoxicating to the mind and then turn full-bodied with age until
they go all sour and vinegary and give you a headache.
- Male Author Unknown
No greater thing is
created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes
or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there
must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
He who loves not wine, women and song
remains a fool his whole life long.
Martin Luther, 1777
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