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[Grapes are] the most noble and challenging of
Good wine is a good
familiar creature if it be well used.
You need not hang up the ivy branch
over the wine that will sell.—Publius Syrius (c. 43 BC)
Good wine needs no bush.
To happy convents, bosomed deep in vines,
A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of
wine by his own fireside.
This bread I break was once the oat,
Pour out the wine without restraint or stay,
There's nothing serious in mortality.
Seamen three! what men be ye?
Ah, wasteful woman, she
His element is so fine
Days of wine and roses laugh and run away,
Fill high the cup with Samian wine!
Souls of poets dead and gone,
Wine buffs write and talk as though the food and wine will be in your
mouth at the same time, that one is there to be poured over the other.
This is bullshit. Gustatory enjoyment comes from food and wine and
cigars of your liking. So far no one has said that a Monte Cristo is
the only cigar to smoke after Armagnac, Romeo and Juliet after Calvados
... but the time may yet come.
Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
A German wine label is one of the things life's
too short for, a daunting testimony to that peculiar nation's love of detail
When I find someone I respect writing about an edgy,
nervous wine that dithered in the glass, I cringe. When I hear someone
I don't respect talking about an austere, unforgiving wine, I turn a bit
austere and unforgiving myself. When I come across stuff like that and
remember about the figs and bananas, I want to snigger uneasily. You
can call a wine red, and dry, and strong, and pleasant. After that,
Give me women, wine and snuff
Oh, wherefore come ye forth in triumph from the
These laid the world away; poured out the red
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
... the odour of Burgundy, and the smell of French sauces, and the
sight of clean napkins and long loaves, knocked as a very welcome visitor
at the door of our inner man.
Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a
homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name,
someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,
enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink;
for thirst is a dangerous thing.
The smell of wine, oh how much more delicate, cheerful, gratifying,
celestial and delicious it is than that of oil.
The king sits in Dunfermline town
He said that few people had intellectual
resources sufficient to forgo the pleasures of wine. They could not
otherwise contrive how to fill the interval between dinner and supper.
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.
If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?
Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink
of women, and water the drink of beasts.
There is not the hundredth part of the wine consumed in this kingdom
that there ought to be. Our foggy climate wants help.
Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Wine and wenches empty men's purses
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and
thine often infirmities
There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
Wine gives us liberty, love takes it away.
Wine is the first weapon that devils use in attacking the young
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.
A little saint best fits a little shrine,
Wine ... cheereth God and man.
A man cannot make him laugh - but that's no marvel; he drinks no wine.
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
In vino veritas
Wine is bottled poetry.
Poetry is devil's wine.
Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old
books, old wines.
The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.
I beg you come tonight and dine
I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.
A sight of the label is worth 50 years experience.
The wine seems to be very closed-in and seems to have entered a dumb
stage. Sort of a Marcel Meursault.
Burgundy for kings, champagne for duchesses, claret for gentlemen.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life
God made only water, but man made wine.
Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.
What though youth gave love and roses age still leaves us friends and
Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking.
Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.
The great evil of wine is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty
Thou hast showed thy people hard things: Thou hast made us to drink the
wine of astonishment.
Wine that maketh glad the heart of man.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those
that be of heavy hearts.
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money
answereth all things.
How much better is thy love than wine!
Like the best wine . . . that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of
those that are asleep to speak.
They are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong
Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new
friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles.
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake.
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.
Over the wine-dark sea.
Wine is a peep-hole on a man.
Bring water, bring wine, boy! Bring flowering garlands to me! Yes,
bring them, so that I may try a bout with love.
It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax
Mankind . . . possesses two supreme blessings. First of these is the
goddess Demeter, or Earth whichever name you choose to call her by. It was
she who gave to man his nourishment of grain. But after her there came the
son of Semele, who matched her present by inventing liquid wine as his
gift to man. For filled with that good gift, suffering mankind forgets its
grief; from it comes sleep; with it oblivion of the troubles of the day.
There is no other medicine for misery.
The Duke of Clarence . . . a prisoner in the Tower, was secretly put to
death and drowned in a barrel of Malmesey wine.
You're walking by the tomb of Battiades,
It was a wine jar when the molding began:
You need not hang up the ivy branch over the wine that will sell.
In vino veritas [In wine is truth].
I intend to die in a tavern; let the wine be placed near my dying
mouth, so that when the choirs of angels come, they may say, "God be
merciful to this drinker!"
One should write not unskillfully in the running hand, be able to sing
in a pleasing voice and keep good time to music; and, lastly, a man should
not refuse a little wine when it is pressed upon him.
Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age
appears to be best in four things - old wood best to burn, old wine to
drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
I am falser than vows made in wine.
O thou invisible spirit of wine! if thou hast no name to be known by,
let us call thee devil!
Had I but died an hour before this chance
A cup of hot wine with not a drop of allaying Tiber in 't.
Drink to me only with thine eyes,
I may not here omit those two main plagues and common dotages of human
kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of
people; they go commonly together.
Is not old wine wholesomest, old pippins toothsomest, old wood burn
brightest, old linen wash whitest? Old soldiers, sweethearts, are surest,
and old lovers are soundest.
Outdid the meat, outdid the frolic wine.
Bacchus, that first from out the purple grape
Thanks be to God, since my leaving drinking of wine, I do find myself
much better, and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and
less time lost in idle company.
If all be true that I do think,
Some of the most dreadful mischiefs that afflict mankind proceed from
wine; it is the cause of disease, quarrels, sedition, idleness, aversion
to labor, and every species of domestic disorder.
To treat a poor wretch with a bottle of Burgundy, and fill his
snuffbox, is like giving a pair of laced ruffles to a man that has never a
shirt on his back.
I was going home two hours ago, but was met by Mr. Griffith, who has
kept me ever since. . . . I will come within a pint of wine.
From wine what sudden friendship springs!
Fill ev'ry glass, for wine inspires us,
And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last.
Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a
hero must drink brandy.
Did you ever hear of Captain Wattle?
Who does not love wine, women, and song
What though youth gave love and roses,
Souls of Poets dead and gone,
Knowledge enormous makes a God of me.
Upon the first goblet he read this inscription, monkey wine; upon the
second, lion wine; upon the third, sheep wine; upon the fourth, swine
wine. These four inscriptions expressed the four descending degrees of
drunkenness: the first, that which enlivens; the second, that which
irritates; the third, that which stupefies; finally the last, that which
I rather like bad wine . . . one gets so bored with good wine.
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Woman is the lesser man, and all thy passions, match'd with mine,
"It wasn't the wine," murmured Mr. Snodgrass, in a broken
voice. "It was the salmon."
For singing till his heaven fills,
I tasted - careless - then -
When I demanded of my friend what viands he preferred,
Let first the onion flourish there,
I'm only a beer teetotaler, not a champagne teetotaler. I don't like
To succeed you must add water to your wine, until there is no more
I have eaten your bread and salt.
I struck the board, and cried, No more:
Wine comes in at the mouth
Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine
I cried for madder music and for stronger wine,
They are not long, the days of wine and roses;
And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast
chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that
is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal
What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set,
ingenious machine for turning with infinite artfulness, the red wine of
Shiraz into urine?
I get no kick from champagne.
It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll
be amused by its presumption.
There is a tavern in the town,
Con pan y vino se anda el camino [With bread and wine you can walk your
Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.
A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half
a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say
"Hey Man, I'm drinking wine, eating cheese and catching some
"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence"
An old wine-bibber having been smashed in a railway collision, some
wine was poured on his lips to revive him." Pauillac, 1873," he
murmured and died.
Hail, high Excess especially in wine,
Fill up, fill up, for wisdom cools
WINE, n.Fermented grape-juice known to the Women's Christian Union as
"liquor," sometimes as "rum." Wine, madam, is God's
next best gift to man.
"Despair is vinegar from the wine of hope."
"The giving of riches and honors to a wicked man is like giving
strong wine to him that hath a fever."
"It is is better for pearls to pass through the lips of swine than
good wine to pass through the lips of the indifferent"
"In water one sees one's own face; But in wine, one beholds the
heart of another."
"Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of
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"Why do you take aspirin with champagne?"
"Oh, champagne gives me a headache."
"Ah. Fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses. Or, in your
case, beer and pizza!"
"Oh, we could give it a try. I'll bring the wine, you bring your
"You know. Wine drinkers. Pea soup eaters. French Canadians!"
"Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and
gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or
like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I
slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!"
"Mr. Alexander: Try the wine!"
"You’d be surprised how much fun you can have sober. When you
get the hang of it."
"I don't smoke, I only drink champagne when I'm lucky enough to
get it, my hair is naturally natural, I live alone...and so do you."
"This is very old wine. I hope you will like it."
"I never drink wine."
"I'm drinking wine...and eating chicken! And it's good!"
"Where do you keep your champagne? Near the furnace?"
"Hey Cool, don't drink that wine, it struck me blind!"
"I can certainly see you know your wine. Most of the guests who
stay here wouldn't know the difference between Bordeaux and Claret."
"All these weddings, all these years, all that blasted salmon and
Champagne and here I am on my own wedding day, and I'm... eh... em...
eh... still thinking."
[Bond has just been surprised by the double agent, Grant.] "Red
wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something."
"I like to drink wine more than I used to."
"My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such
as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees
Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without
"It's the same things your whole life. 'Clean up your room!',
'Stand up straight!', 'Pick up your feet!', 'Take it like a man!', 'Be
nice to your sister!', 'Don't mix beer and wine, ever!'. Oh yeah, 'Don't
drive on the railroad track!'"
"God knows what you've unleashed on the unsuspecting South. It'll
be wine, women, and song all the way with Ringo when he gets the taste for
"I would think it means that she wishes you to dine with her. I'd
take my own wine if I were you!"
"Won't you join me in a glass of wine?"
"I'm drinking some wine, eating some cheese, and catching some
rays, you know..."
"If Plato is a fine red wine, then Aristotle is a dry
"Dynamite? It's like wine, it only gets better with age."
"More Brandy wine? They were boiling it in Ireland before the
"Sparkling Muscatel. One of the finest wines of Idaho."
"The last time that I trusted a dame was in Paris in 1940. She was
going out to get a bottle of wine. Two hours later, the Germans marched
"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."
"During one of my treks through Afghanistan, we lost our
corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several
"This is a red wine glass. Can I have my water in a water
"Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet,
because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was
given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in
front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would
have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of
[A woman in taffeta is seen lighting candles for a formal dinner for
two. She sits down at the table, lifts a wine glass and toasts an
imaginary guest. Dining alone, in style, is used as a metaphor for
loneliness and even madness.] Georgia Dullea.
"Hamlet's mother, she's the queen / Buys it in the final scene /
Drinks a glass of funky wine / Now she's Satan's Valentine."
"P.J. Pontiac: Lili, a sizzler at the Fol-de-Rol. A figure like
champagne and a heart like the cork."
"Champagne yes, philosophy no."
"The picnic was delicious, the wine was excellent, remind me to
send the Cardinal a note."
[During a chase, in the Cardinal's own coach] Porthos: "For a
chase, the Cardinal recommends his excellent '24 Cabernet." Porthos
to D'Artagnan: "You can't have any, you're too young."
"I love waking up in the morning not knowing what I'm gonna do or
who I'm gonna meet. Just yesterday I was sleeping under a bridge, and
today I'm on the grandest liner in the world drinking champagne with you
fine people. I'll have some more please."
"I don't believe I've ever had French champagne before..."
"Oh, actually all champagne is French, it's named after the
region. Otherwise it's sparkling white wine. Americans of course don't
recognize the convention so it becomes that thing of calling all of their
sparkling white champagne, even though by definition they're not."
"I know I don't have his looks. I know I don't have his money. I
know I don't have his connections, his knowledge of fine wines. I know
sometimes when I eat I get this clicking sound in my jaw..."
"We want the finest wines available to humanity, we want them
here, and we want them now!"
"What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?"
"Alcohol - the cause of and solution to all of life's