"It seems to me that there are three things that have changed in the wine world. First, the wine rich got richer and the wine poor got poorer. By which I mean that wine prices have polarized beyond belief. Twenty years ago I drank the greatest wines of the world all the time. (I was a wine merchant and a restaurateur, and it was my job, darn it.)" --- the late Lee Evans of Australia, 1996.
"Wine experts can’t resist making predictions. In 1990, wine lover Richard Nixon prophesied that the Chinese would someday match the French in the quality of their wines; this despite a Chinese carte des vins that featured sweet red wine and a grape called Cow’s Nipple. In the mid-1980s, a well-known New York wine merchant asserted that an $8 Cabernet from Chile was as good as Lafite, and auction prices would eventually reflect this little-known fact. Wine coolers too, as I recall, were expected to expose a vast new market to the pleasures of
“Hemingway is great in that alone of living writers he has saturated his work with the memory of physical pleasure, with sunshine and salt water, with food, wine and making love and the remorse which is the shadow of that sun.” --- Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, 1951.
"Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory, but so are those of the ballet or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living." --- Napoleon
On drinking the wines of Bordeaux: “The French drink them young, so a Socialist government won’t take them. The English drink them old, so they can show their friends cobwebs and dusty bottles. The American drink them exactly when they are ready, because they don’t know any better.” --- Anonymous
"For in the hand of the Lord
Making good wine is a skill; making fine wine is an art. --- Robert Mondavi
"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink; that’s the one thing I’m indebted to her for." --- W. C. Fields in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
“There is nothing like wine for conjuring up feelings of contentment and goodwill. It is less of a drink than an experience, an evocation, a spirit. It produces sensations that defy description.” --- Thomas Conklin, Wine: A Primer
"I am certain that the good Lord never intended grapes to be made into grape jelly." --- Attributed to Fiorello La Guardia, former mayor of New York City
"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.
An urbane, middle-aged acquaintance who has discovered fine wine, is
“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” --- Revelation 6:6.
"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
"Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully." --- Graham Greene
"The wines that one remembers best are not necessarily the finest that one has tasted, and the highest quality may fail to delight so much as some far more humble beverage drunk in more favorable surroundings." --- H. Warner Allen, A Contemplation of Wine.
"A typical wine writer was once described as someone with a typewriter who was looking for his name in print, a free lunch, and a way to write off his wine cellar. It’s a dated view. Wine writers now use computers." --- Frank Prial, The New York Times, January 21, 1998.
"Wine is the blood of France." --- Louis Bertall, La Vigne, 1878
Wine History: Baron James Rothschild sent the famous composer Rossini (The Barber of Seville,
"Before Noah, men having only water to drink, could not find the truth. Accordingly they became abominably wicked, and they were justly exterminated by the water they loved to drink. This good man, Noah, having seen that all his contemporaries had perished by this unpleasant drink, took a dislike to it; and G-d, to relieve his dryness, created the vine and revealed to him the art of making wine. By the aid of this liquid, he revealed more and more truth." --- Attributed to Benjamin Franklin in Bottled Wisdom, compiled and edited by Mark Pollman, 1998
"He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate - bringing forth food from the earth: wine that
"This wine should be eaten, for it is much too good to be drunk." --- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
"And in this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined." --- Isaiah 25:6
“Mr. Tulkinghorn sits at one of the open windows, enjoying a bottle of old port. Though a hard-grained man, close, dry, and silent, he can enjoy old wine with the best. He has a priceless bin of port in some artful cellar under the Fields, which is one of his many secrets. When he dines alone in chambers, as he has dined today, and has his bit of fish and his steak or chicken brought in from the coffeehouse, he descends with a candle to the echoing regions below the deserted mansion, and, heralded by the remote reverberation of thundering doors, comes gravely back, encircled by an earthy atmosphere and carrying a
"Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after." --- Lord Byron, Don Juan
Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water." --- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac.
"All wine associations are with occasions when people are at their best; with relaxation, contentment, leisurely meals, and the free flow of ideas." --- Hugh Johnson
"There are no standards of taste in wine, cigars, poetry, prose, etc. Each man's own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard." --- Mark Twain, 1895
"Wine rejoices the heart of man, and joy is the mother of all virtues." --- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771
“De gustibus non est disputandum (There
An elderly wine lover was badly injured in a railway collision. Some wine was poured on his lips to revive him. "Pauillac, 1873," he murmured and died. --- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), The Devil's Dictionary, 1911
"Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure." --- Isaiah 9.10
"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil." --- Lord Byron
"Food and wine. Decide which is the soloist, which the accompanist." --- Michael Broadbent
"Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably." --- Bertolt Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 1944
"Name me any liquid except our own blood that flows more intimately and incessantly through the labyrinth of symbols we have conceived to make our status as human beings, from the rudest peasant festival to the mystery of the Eucharist. To take
"A woman drove me to drink, and I'll be a son-of-a-gun but I never even wrote to thank her." --- W. C. Fields, in Hollywood Merry-Go-Round, 1947
"If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish Sherry can bring the dead back to life." --- Attributed to Sir Alexander Fleming.
"There are many ways to the recognition of truth, and Burgundy is one of them." --- Isak Dinesen
As one California winemaker said, "We release no wine before the bank tells us that its ready." --- Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, 1997
Readers often wonder what the difference is between an 86 and an 87, both very good wines. The only answer I can give is a simple one: when tasted side by side, I thought the 87-point wine slightly better than the 86-point wine. --- Robert Parker, Bordeaux, 1989
Wine drunken with moderation is
Just use a little red wine; it will get that club soda stain right out of there --- About Last Night
To buy good wine and not look after it properly is like not polishing your Rolls-Royce. --- Hugh Johnson
Drink wine, drink poetry, drink virtue. --- Charles Baudelaire.
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza." --- Dave Barry
To pontificate, to let opinions rule your appreciation of wine and to be unable to feel, as the candles glitter and the moon rises on a warm summer night, that the wine on the table, however unsung and lacking in renown, is, for that short moment, perfection itself, is to miss the whole heart of wine and of life too. --- Quoted in Wine Quotations, Helen Exley, 1994
A meal without
Some people spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it. --- Attributed to Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
Wine snobbery, of course, is part showmanship, part sophistication, part knowledge, and part bluff --- Leonard Bernstein
A man cannot make him laugh, but that's no marvel; he drinks no wine. --- Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2
"I can certainly see you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret." --- Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) in Fawlty Towers.
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
He who loves not wine, women, and song remains a fool his whole life long. --- often attributed to Martin Luther; probably Johann Heinrich Voss.
Never say the number because it suggest that you are
"Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!" --- Winston Churchill.
Drink wine, and live here blitheful while ye may; The morrow’s life too late is; live to-day. --- Robert Herrick, "To Youth"
"Ah. Fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses. Or, in your case, beer and pizza!" --- Two-Face in Batman Forever (1995)
"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, Ernest Hemingway (1926)
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." --- Mark Twain
"I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often, but I’m well preserved." --- Rose Kennedy on her 100th birthday in 1991
"What is better adapted than the festive use of wine in the first place to test and in the
"I loved the story about how a great wine connoisseur invited the composer Johannes Brahms to dinner. ‘This is the Brahms of my cellar,’ he said to his guests, producing a dust-covered bottle and pouring some into the master’s glass. Brahms looked first at the color of the wine, then sniffed its bouquet, finally took a sip, and put the glass down without saying a word. ‘Don’t you like it?’ asked the host. ‘Hmmmm,’ Brahms muttered. ‘Better bring out your Beethoven!’" --- Arthur Rubinstein, the great classical pianist, My Young Years
"A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Representative Man"
Overheard at The Diner in Yountville, California in the Napa Valley: "How do you make a small fortune in the wine business? Start with a large fortune and buy a winery." --- Kevin Zraly, Windows
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