Wine Sayings & Wine Quotes

If you're a wine lover, these wine sayings will be a joy to read. You're sure to chuckle at many, gasp in horror at a few, and let some pearls of wine wisdom seep into your subconscious.

From Plato and Aristophanes, to Hemmingway, Brigitte Bardot, and Bette Midler - you'll find you're in great company with these wine quotes and wine proverbs from throughout history!


Wise Wine Sayings

Over the course of human history, wine has received its fair share of lauditory quotes, praise, almost even worship. It's arguably the most beloved beverage in the world. Although as you'll see below, wine rises steeply above a mere "beverage" in the minds and hearts of these wine lovers...

"Nothing more excellent or valuable than wine was every granted by the gods to man." - Plato

"God many only water, but man made wine." - Victor Hugo

"Wine - it should be enjoyed for the benefits of the soul - and nothing more." - Peter Fiduccia, Wine Lover

"Wine can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and hygenic of all beverages." - Louis Pasteur

"The wine in the bottle does not quench thirst." - George Herbert

"Sip, Swirl, Swallow!" - Micheline R. Ramos, wine lover

"A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine."  - Ernest Hemingway

"There must be always wine and fellowship or we are truly lost." - Ann Fairbairn

"Wine, it's in my veins and I can't get it out." - Burgess Meredith

"To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history." - New York Times, 1967

"Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind..." - Robert Mondavi




"Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient champagne." - Dorothy Parker

"Wine speaks to all the senses: the eyes behold the color, tone, and shade; the nose, the bouquet, the fingers and lips caress the cool crystal; the ears delight in the subtle swishing of the liquid; the tongue rejoices in the reward of a rich harvest." - Mary Lou Posch, wine lover

"Wine is the sort of alcoholic beverage that does not destroy but enriches life; does not distort but clairfies perspective; does not seduce except in a way worth humanly being seduced." - Bill St. John

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

"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover." - Clifton Fadiman

"Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after." - Lord Byron

"You have only so many bottles in your life, never drink a bad one." - Len Evans, wine lover

"In France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philtre, it is also the leisurely act of drinking." - Roland Barthes

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

Wine quotes about wine with food

Here is a treasure trove of well-penned inspiration for the food and wine lovers out there. Rejoice and drink your wine in good company...

"A meal without wine is like a day without sun" - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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

"I haven't had much luck in pairing red wine with lobster." - Jasper White

"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

"Red wine is a great accompaniment to meat." - Mario Lemieux

"Drinking wine is just a part of life, like eating food." - Francis Ford Coppola

"At least once a day you should do something puresely for enjoyment, and wine is my way of relaxing." - Young Uck Kim, Wine Collector

"Eat bread at pleasure, drink wine by measure." - Randgle Cotgrave, wine lover


"Wine is a living thing. It is made, not only of grapes and yeasts, but of skill and patience. When drinking it remember that to the making of that wine has gone, not only the labor and care of years, but the experience of centuries." - Allan Sichel

"A good wine is like a gentle kiss, its effect throughout the meal is scintillatingly sensual in an elegantly understated way." - Frances Tabeek, Wine Enthusiast

"Never spare the parson's wine nor the baker's pudding" - Benjamin Franklin

"Wine is the milk of the gods, milk the drink of the babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts." - John Stuart Blackie

"Let those who drink not, but austerely dine, dry up in law; the Muses smell of wine." - Horace

Wine Sayings: An Ode to Old Wine:

Wine has a unique and mystical quality to it: unlike most other beverages, it oftentimes benefits from aging. No one can craft exactly what the final outcome will be - the wine is constantly evolving. So there is a bottled surprise waiting to be discovered. Sometimes the result is a flop...but when it's aged well, it is simply sublime! These wine quotes will make you crave the aged stuff!

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

"Better is old wine than new, and old friends like-wise." - Charles Kingsley

"I'm like old wine. They don't bring me out very often, but I'm well preserved." - Rose Kennedy, on her 100th birthday

"I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age." -  Steven Wright

"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 wicken and die." - Julia Child

"Wedlock's like wine - not properly judged of till the second glass." - Ernest Jarrold

"I am not old but mellow, like good wine." - Stephen Phillips

"Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place." - Abigail Van Buren

"The depth of experience fine wine can bring to a dinner, particularly a bottle that has been through the past 100 years, makes you take stock of your own life." - Neil De Grasse Tyson, Wine Collector

Wine Snobbery at its best:

These individuals are certainly not bashful about bashing, clashing, or praising various wines and trends. Do you agree with any of these wine sayings? Do you disagree with any of them? Let us know by submitting your opinions below! Who knows...maybe you'll go down in history for a great wine quote, too!

"The Spanish wine, my God, it is foul, catpiss is champagne compared, this is the sulphurous urination of some aged horse." - D.H. Lawrence

"To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue." - William F. Buckley

"Wine drinkers never make artists." - Gratinos

"Drink wine, not labels." - Dr. Maynard Amerine

"Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they're phonies." - Bette Davis

"I rather like bad wine; one gets so bored with good wine." - Benjamin Disraeli

"I don't go by the ratings. I buy wine that tastes good. Statistically, anybody's ability to predict what will be a good wine a decade from now is limited." - Richard Thaler

"When it came to writing about wine, I did what almost everybody does - faked it" - Art Buchwald

"I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others." - Diogenese the Cynic

"Now wines are wonders; great wines are magical; and winemakers are mad. Like horse fanciers, they are always trying to improve the breed."  - William E. Massee

"Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Good wine praises itself." - Dutch Proverb

"Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I am tired." - Brigitte Bardot

"Whenever I drink champagne I either laugh or cry...I get so emotional! I love champagne." - Tina Turner

"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

"Sauvignon blanc bangs you in the mouth - like an old peasant with his wooden shoe ... The sauvignon is the whipper-snapper. It's not solid enough. It's violent, it's sharp, it bites, it cries, it's like a ferocious dog you keep on a leash." - Troisgros

"It was such an exquisite 1964 Bordeaux that one sip was more like inhaling a soft fragrance than imbibing a liquid." - Ellen Eller, wine lover

"I've always been impressed by Washington State merlot. It just sort of jumped out of the glass at me...You just feel this is right: this is not an attempt at something, this is something." - Jancis Robinson

"The Americans have no liking for wine unless it is sweet." - Gustave Koerner, 1833

"I like sweet wines. My idea has always been that when you're young, you like sweet wines; and then you get sophisticated, and you drink dry white; and then you get knowledgeable, and you drink heavy reds; and then you get old, and you drink sweet again." - Sally Jessy Raphael, Wine Collector


Wine Sayings: Slip of the Tongue...

Wine has been used as a tongue loosener in novels, plays, movies...and real life! That's why so many wine parables revolve around wine and truth, wine and words. Does wine help you unwind your thoughts? Do you spill the beans after a glass or two? Or is it inspiration for a late night sonnet?

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever." - Aristophanes

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

"Wine makes a man more pleased with himsef, I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others." - Samuel Johnson

"Wine is like rain: when it falls on the mire it but makes it fouler, but when it strikes the good soil wakes it to beauty and bloom." - John May

"In vino veritas - In wine there is truth." - Pliny the Elder

"If wine tells truth, - and so have said the wise, -
It makes me laugh to think how brandy lies!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"Wine, wit and widsom.
Wine enough to sharpen wit,
Wit enough to give zest to wine,
Wisdom enough to "shut down" at the right time." - Anonymous

"The flavor of wine is like delicate poetry." - Louis Pasteur

"Do you remember any great poet that ever illustrated the higher fields of humanity that did not dignify the use of wine from Homer on down?" - James A. McDougall

"For when the wine is in, the wit it out." - Thomas Becon

"After working late one night, I drank a bottle of frisky Beaujolais and slipped into bed beside my lady love. By moonlight I pursed my lips and into her ear whispered, "moelleux, moelleux." She bolted up, shouting, "What the hell is wrong with you?" - A.D. Livingston, chef and author

"One of the disadvanages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts." - Samuel Johnson

"One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and - one talks about it." - King Edward VII

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