Wine Smiles – My Top 50 wine quotes

Wine helps to lubricate not only the palate but also the wit and intellect. Here are some of my favorite wine quotes that make me smile, particularly when I am supping a glass of wine.

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“The way to drink a cocktail is quickly, while it’s still laughing at you. Wines, of course, merely smile.” — Harry Craddock

What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine”. Thomas More

I can certainly see that you know your wine. Most of the guests who stay here wouldn’t know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret. John Cleese (Basil Fawlty) Fawlty Towers

“Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares” ―    Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Come quickly!  I’m drinking the stars!”  —  Dom Pérignon

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

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

Consuming wine in moderation daily will help people to die young as late as possible. ~ Dr Philip Norrie

Wine is the thinking person’s health drink.

~Dr. Phillip Norrie

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
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
translated by Edward

In vino veritas [In wine is truth].
Proverb quoted by PLATO,
(also attributed to Pliny the Elder)

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
―    W.C. Fields

I feast on wine and bread, and feasts they are. ~Michelangelo Buonarroti

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.”
―    John Keats

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”
―    Rumi

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”  —  Humphrey Bogart

“At four o’clock in the morning, when everyone is drunk enough, then extraordinary things can happen.”  —  James Baldwin.

“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”  —  Sir Winston Churchill

“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like, who drinks as much as you do.”  –  Dylan Thomas

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”  —  Ernest Hemingway

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
―    Ernest Hemingway,    A Moveable Feast

“In victory you deserve it, in defeat you need it.”  —  Napoleon Bonaparte  (speaking of Champagne)

“I like on the table,
when we’re speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.”
―    Pablo Neruda

~ Andre Simon, “Commonsense of Wine”

Hold the bottle up to the light; you will see your dreams are always at the bottom.

~ Rob Hutchison

If a life of wine, women and song becomes too much, give up the singing. ~ Anonymous

“Great wine is about nuance, surprise, subtlety, expression, qualities that keep you coming back for another taste.  Rejecting a wine because it is not big enough is like rejecting a book because it is not long enough, or a piece of music because it is not loud enough.”  —  Kermit Lynch Adventures on the Wine Route

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad.  Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.  When I have company I consider it obligatory.  I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.  Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”  —  Lily Bollinger

“The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.”  —  Homer

“I think there’s a reason why wine figures into so many religions. There’s something transcendent about it. It’s sort of the way that music is more than the sum of its parts. You have all these elements that make up the terroir that wine can communicate.”  —  Maynard James Keenan

“Wine is really an expression of a place on the planet.  It really reminded me of the place — not just the flavor, but the soils, the leaves decaying in the fall, the stream flowing by. I was just possessed by it. Our job as winemakers is to artistically interpret a landscape through this liquid. I’d been working as an ecologist for years. This was a chance to become an artist.”  —  Eric Glomski

“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”  —  Fran Lebowitz

“Vino veritas. In wine, there is truth. Let us drink to the truth.” Wine Harlot


What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? ~ W. C. Fields

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to a lack of wine. ~ Anonymous

Good wine is a necessity of life for me. ~ Thomas Jefferson

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

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.

~ Ernest Hemingway

I have lived temperately….I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend.

~ Thomas Jefferson

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

Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.

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

You haven’t drunk too much wine if you can still lie on the floor without holding on. ~ Dean Martin

Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.

~ John Milton

Wine is bottled poetry. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water!

~ Galileo Gallilei

Where there is no wine there is no love.

~ Euripides

Wine gives a man nothing; it only puts in motion what is already there. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

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

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. ~ Horace

“This is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.”
―    Samuel Johnson,    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 2

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. ~ Anonymous


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