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Your favorites wine quotes/sayings?

  • c

Oh, along the lines of Andre Tschelichev's (can't remember the correct spelling) great one:

"God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the Devil made Pinot Noir."

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  1. Wine is like woman's breasts:

    One is not enough
    Two is just right
    Three is too many

    1. And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
      'I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine'.
      G.K. Chesterton

      1. "The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars."
        --Benjamin Franklin

        "He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long."
        --MARTIN LUTHER, 1777

        This is a favorite:
        "The great evil of wine is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty wrestler."
        --TITUS MACCIUS, 190 BC

        There is a quote or maybe it's a toast, that I would love to find again. It was something about how wine makes everything better and ends with 'and even our children show promise" - which at the time was something I really needed to see in my children. I hope someone posts it!

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        1. re: Cookiefiend

          hanging in my bar, on a plaque purchased at "peachy canyon winery" in paso robles, ca:

          "With wine in hand, one reaches the happy state - where men are wise, women beautiful; and even one's children begin to look promising."

          1. re: justanotherpenguin


            Thank you!
            I posted this two years ago - and thanks to this particular penguin (wink) here it is!
            You've made my day!

          2. re: Cookiefiend

            The date for Martin Luther is wrong.

            1. re: Sharuf

              oh, that's not martin luther the american founding father? ;-).

              1. re: Sharuf

                Good thing I didn't get that tattooed on my arm...

                1. re: Cookiefiend

                  Actually, it looks like the date is correct but the attribution is wrong.

                  According to Bartlett's that quote is attributed to Johann Heinrich Voss, a German poet and translator who was 26 in 1777 (at which time Martin Luther had been dead for 231 years).

                  Not to mention the fact that given who Martin Luther was - a former monk who tried to clean up the Catholic church (and wipe out the Jews, but that's another story) - it's unlikely in the extreme he would ever have said such a thing.

                  1. re: BobB

                    That definitely makes more sense then - Voss rather than Luther, I mean.


                    And evidently I shouldn't just pull things off the internet and think it's the truth. That would be like thinking everything I read in the paper is true.
                    I'm still glad I didn't tatttoo it on my arm.
                    Now I'm going for "Excuse me while I kiss this guy"

            2. "Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, its Champagne!"

              Winston Churchill

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              1. re: jcoz23

                "Champagne; in victory I deserve it and in defeat I need it."

                Winston Churchill

                1. re: Chinon00

                  "Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends!"

                  (old British toast)

              2. Wine, like women, get better with age.

                1. André Tchelistcheff also said, "I can count the number of great Cabernets I made at Beaulieu only by taking off my socks and shoes, but I can count the number of great Pinot Noirs on one hand with change left over."

                  1. Not necessarily a wine-specific quote, but i think it certainly pertains...
                    "Temperance, like chastity, is its own punishment."

                    1. I like to cook with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food.

                      1. Not wine, but alcohol-related..."Malt does more than Milton can, to justify God's ways to man".

                        1. Life's too short to drink bad wine. :-)

                          1. This is awful. But I have to put it in. I learned while working at a Vineyard/Winery over the summer.

                            "It takes a lot of beer to make good wine."

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                            1. re: Duncan Idaho

                              This is why every winery I have ever worked at has ALWAYS had a "trade-out" with either a brewpub, a micro-brewery, or a beer distributor -- where they "trade" wine for beer. Crush is hot, dirty, tiring work . . .

                              1. Sorry, no attribution (long since forgotten, I'm sure): In vino veritas.

                                Interpret as you will. We all do.


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                                1. re: cayjohan

                                  In vino veritas
                                  Historia Naturalis

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    Thanks for that! I hate not having the source at hand.


                                    1. re: cayjohan

                                      Pliny is a bit long in the tooth these days for you to have him at hand…

                                    2. re: Gio

                                      And the complete quote is
                                      In anger, in wine, and in a child, there is truth.

                                  2. Someone once asked legendary wine writer (and partner/owner in a winery) Harry Waugh if he ever mistook a Bordeaux (Cabernet-Merlot) for a Burgundy (Pinot Noir). His reply?

                                    "Not since lunch."

                                    1. My father has a copper plaque in his kitchen which reads: "Si le vin te gene dans ton travail, supprimes le travail." Approximately, "If wine is getting in the way of your work, get rid of the work."

                                      1. "Couldn't understand a single word he said but he sure had some mighty fine wine....and I helped him drink his wine" -- 3 Dog Night

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                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          Thanks for that, too...Joy to the world!

                                        2. Wine writer Richard Paul Hinkle's Second Wine Law: "Great Pinot Noir inspires one to create new sins . . . and wish to commit them!"

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

                                            And, of course, Ernest Hemingway had much praise for wine, "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 as eating and to me as necessary."
                                            Ernest Hemingway

                                            I have to say, I agree.

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                                            1. re: lynnlato

                                              Hemingway also says, "Champagne always tastes better in magnum, but -- alas! -- they take longer to cool."

                                            2. "Anytime not spent drinking Port is a waste of time."

                                              1. If you can't be with the WINE you love, love the WINE you are with!
                                                All for Wine, Wine for all!
                                                You had me at Merlot!

                                                1. "Wine, in moderation, unfolds a man's brain; a teetotaler rarely possesses great wisdom." -Jewish proverb

                                                  Nobody take it too personally, I just think it's cute/funny.

                                                  1. Joan Armatrading

                                                    'I guess it's too late but I'll know next time, to mix some water with the wine'.

                                                    1. I love - it's 5 O'clock somewhere!

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                                                      1. re: smartie

                                                        my friend likes to say, "it's wine o'clock!"

                                                      2. in response to a query "isn't it is a little early for that drink?" the answer is, "why? i'm awake."

                                                        credit to "midsomer murders" episode.

                                                        1. Madame Bollinger famously quoted "I drink champagne 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."

                                                          1. "I cook with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food." -- WC Fields

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                                                            1. re: jmckee

                                                              i think i'll have that engraved for my sister's kitchen. nice one!

                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                My mother gave me a ceramic plaque with that saying about 15 years ago. She grins every time she comes over and sees it - especially as I'm pouring wine into a glass sitting alongside of the stove to drink while I cook. :-)

                                                            2. Old but good:

                                                              I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

                                                              1. a day without wine is a day without sunshine ;)

                                                                food without wine is eating, food with wine is dining. [something along this line. i forgot the source.]

                                                                1. A house full of daughters is a cellar full of sour beer.

                                                                  There is nothing like good food, good wine, and a bad girl.

                                                                  I only drink fortified wines during bad weather. Snowstorm, hurricane, tornado--I'm not particular, as long as it's bad. After all, any storm for a Port.

                                                                  and my cliched favorite:
                                                                  if anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any F#(king Merlot!

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                                                                  1. re: porker

                                                                    porker, you might enjoy this thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/649410

                                                                    i see that the moderators REALLY chopped that one WAY down, without reason, as far as i'm concerned. we all had some nice wine insights on that thread. what gives??????!?!?!?!

                                                                  2. When we drink we get drunk
                                                                    When we get drunk we fall alseep
                                                                    When we are asleep we commit no sins
                                                                    When we commit no sins we go to heaven
                                                                    So lets all get drunk and go to heaven!!

                                                                    1. A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. "Much obliged," said he, pushing the plate aside, "but I am not accustomed to take my wine in pills."

                                                                      (attributed to Brillat-Savarin)

                                                                      1. "It's not the boys you know.....
                                                                        it's the Beaujolais."

                                                                        1. "Once... in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days."

                                                                          W. C. Fields, My Little Chickadee.