-Homer Simpson 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 What is better than to sit at the table at the end of the day and drink wine with friends, or substitutes for friends?
-James Joyce Our experience of wine is bound up with its nature as a drink [which] endows wine with a particular inwardness [and] intimacy with the body [that is not] achieved by any smell, since smell makes no contact with the body at all, but merely enchants without touching, like the beautiful girl at the other end of the party. . . Nothing else that we eat or drink comes to us with such a halo of significance, and by refusing to drink it people send an important message —the message that they do not belong on this earth.
-Roger Scruton. I Drink Therefore I Am. A Philosopher’s Guide to Wine Most wine experts frown upon serving a peignoir with white meat. This is primarily because a peignoir is a type of lingerie. -The Onion 8/21/02 Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. -Benjamin Franklin The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star. -Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519) For when the wine is in, the wit is out. -Thomas Bacon (1512–1567) Catechism, 375 There are more old drunkards than old doctors -Benjamin Franklin Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used. -William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Othello, II. iii. (315) When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy, nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe. When I hear someone I don’t respect talking about an austere, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit austere and unforgiving myself. When I come across stuff like that and remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily. You can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant. After that, watch out…. -Kingsley Amis Everyday Drinking 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 Death in the Afternoon It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason. -Latin saying The wine seems to be very closed-in and seems to have entered a dumb stage. Sort of a Marcel Meursault. -Paul S. Winalski He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long. -Martin Luther, 1777 Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages. -Louis Pasteur Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking. -The Talmud, 200BC Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771 It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine. -Heraclitus c. 540 – c. 480 B.C. On the Universe, fragment 108 When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. -Aristophanes c. 450 – 385 B. Knights [424 B.C.], l. 92 In water one sees one’s own face; But in wine, one beholds the heart of another.” -An Old French proverb courtesy of Bob Higgins 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) No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage. -Thomas Jefferson 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 makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others. – Samuel Johnson Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile. – Homer, “Odyssey (9th c. B.C.) 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 Writing in my sixty-fourth year, I can truthfully say that since I reached the age of discretion I have consistently drunk more than most people would say is good for me. Nor did I regret it. Wine has been for me a firm friend and a wise counselor. Often…wine has shown me matters in their true perspective, and has, as though by the touch of a magic wand, reduced great disasters to small inconveniences. Wine has lit up for me the pages of literature, and revealed in life romance lurking in the commonplace. Wine has made me bold but not foolish; has induced me to say silly things but not to do them.” – Duff Cooper, “Old Men Forget” A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.” – Clifton Fadiman, N. Y. Times, 8 Mar ’87 Wine to me is passion. It is 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, Autobiography, “Harvests of Joy” A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore. – Johann Strauss Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary. – Babylonian Talmud: -Baba Bathr 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 Too much Chablis can make you whablis -Ogden Nash