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.
- Ben Franklin
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
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
- William Butler Yeats 1865 - 1939
The Green Helmet and Other Poems , A Drinking So
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
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
Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine has ever been granted by the gods to man.
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
Wine ... cheereth God and man.
Wine is bottled poetry.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.
- Martin Luther, 1777
The wines that one best remembers are not necessarily the finest that one has ever 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
Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771
- Johnny Depp (The tattoo once read 'Winona Forever'!)
To take wine into your mouth is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
- Clifton Fadiman, N. Y. Times, 8 Mar '87
My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.
- John Maynard Keynes.
In victory, you deserve champagne, in defeat, you need it.
There are two reasons for drinking wine...when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other,
when you are not thirsty, to prevent it... prevention is better than cure.
- Thomas Love Peacock
Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved.
Ergo, drink wine and be saved.
- Medieval German saying
"Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health."
"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."
"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
"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."
"Good wine is a necessity of life for me."
I rejoice as a moralist at the prospect of a reduction of the duties
on wine by our national legislature.... Its extended use will carry
health and comfort to a much enlarged circle.
- Thomas Jefferson
I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday 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
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
Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking.
- The Talmud, 200BC
There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
- Bette Davis (from the movie Old Acquaintance)
Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes
you do them.
- Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin