Wine Quotes

"Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy." - Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), the Scottish bacteriologist credited with discovering Penicillin in 1928.

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world." - Ernest Hemingway.

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

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

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

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

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

"Come quickly! I am tasting stars!" - Dom Perignon (at his first sip of champagne)

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

"Wine is life." - Petronius, Roman writer

"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.

"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.

"Life is too short to drink bad wine." 

"Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living." - Napoleon.

"I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine." - Oliver Goldsmith. 

"Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased." - Ernest Hemingway.

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne." - John Maynard Keynes

"Wine... the intellectual part of the meal." - Alexandre Dumas, 1873

"The best way to learn about wine is the drinking" - Alexis Lichine.

"If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul." - Clifton Fadiman.

"And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard." - Genesis 9:20

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

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

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized." - André Simon

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

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.”

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

"Anyone who tries to make you believe that he knows all about wines is obviously a fake.” - Leon Adams. 

“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.” - Ernest Hemingway.

“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.”

"Hardly did it appear, than from my mouth it passed into my heart.” - Abbe de Challieu

“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, The Knights, 424 B. C. E.

“Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply ‘In my mother’s womb, probably as a result of the oysters and Champagne.’” -  Isadora Duncan

“Wine makes a man more pleased with himself"- Samuel Johnson.

"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

"He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart." - Psalms 104:14-15

“A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red." - Psalms 75:8

"Making good wine is a skill; making fine wine is an art." - Robert Mondavi.

“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.

"I am certain that the good Lord never intended grapes to be made into grape jelly." - Fiorello La Guardia.

"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.

"Wine is the blood of France." - Louis Bertall.

"This wine should be eaten, for it is much too good to be drunk." - Jonathan Swift

"Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water." - Benjamin Franklin.

"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

"Wine rejoices the heart of man, and joy is the mother of all virtues." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771

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

"There are many ways to the recognition of truth, and Burgundy is one of them." - Isak Dinesen

"A meal without wine is like a life without love."

"Wine is made to be drunk as women are made to be loved." - Theophile Malvezin.

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." - Mark Twain.