A few of my favorites gathered from far and wide ….
We are all mortal till the first kiss and the second glass of wine. ~ Eduardo Galeano
Wine, like food, is so emotional. If you think about it, so much of the courting ritual is surrounded by wine and food. There’s a built-in romance to wine. ~Padma Lakshmi
I like on the table, / when we’re speaking, / the light of a bottle / of intelligent wine. ~Pablo Neruda
I had a fling with beer, a passionate affair with Cognac, but the love of my glass is wine. ~ Nicholas Oakes
Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate. ~Gina Barreca
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. ~Thomas Aquinas
The wine-cup is the little silver well, Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell. ~William Shakespeare
Artists and poets still find life’s meaning in a glass of wine. ~Joy Sterling
Men are like a fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you’d like to have dinner with. ~Kathleen Mifsud
Beautiful, balanced and elegant with an overlying spicy resonance and that’s just me. I hear the wine is also fabulous. ~Ed Polish
Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures. ~Michael Broadbent
Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. ~Paulo Coelho
Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. -John Keats
Wine is sunlight, held together by water. ~Galileo
Either give me more wine or leave me alone. ~Rumi
Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used. ~William Shakespeare
Wine gives a man nothing… it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost. ~Samuel Johnson
I’ve always wanted to improve on the idea of living well, In moderation, wine is good for you – mentally, physically, and spiritually. ~Robert Mondavi
A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
[Making wine] is like having children; you love them all, but boy, are they different. ~Bunny Finkelstein
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
Language is wine upon the lips. ~Virginia Woolf
Here’s to the corkscrew – a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship, and the gate of pleasant folly. ~W.E.P. French
I love how wine continues to evolve, how every time I open a bottle it’s going to taste different than if I had opened it on any other day. Because a bottle of wine is actually alive – it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks – like your ’61 – and begins its steady, inevitable decline. And it tastes so fucking good. ~Virginia Madsen as Maya in Sideways
Beer is made by men, wine by God! ~Martin Luther
Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
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
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink, I feel shame! Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work, and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver!” ~Jack Handey
Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy. ~Alexander Fleming
What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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 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
What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile. ~William Sokolin
Wine gives us liberty, love takes it away. Wine makes us princes, love makes us beggars. ~Wycherly
In vino veritas ~Pliny
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 proverb
Wine is bottled poetry. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations. ~French proverb
He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long. ~Attributed to Martin Luther
Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages. ~Louis Pasteur
That though youth gave love and roses age still leaves us friends and wine. ~Thomas Moore
Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking. ~The Talmud, 200BC
Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I thank god for my children every day. Without them I’d never know how well red wine complements chicken nuggets. ~Ed Polish
How much better is thy love than wine! ~The Song of Solomon, 4:10
Wine is a peep-hole on a man. ~Alcaeus
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. ~Benjamin Franklin
Bring water, bring wine, boy! Bring flowering garlands to me! Yes, bring them, so that I may try a bout with love. ~Anacreon
It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine. ~Heraclitus
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. ~Euripides
Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever. ~Aristophanes
It is is better for pearls to pass through the lips of swine than good wine to pass through the lips of the indifferent. ~Mark Luedtke
In water one sees one’s own face; But in wine, one beholds the heart of another. ~An Old French proverb
Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. ~Pope John XXIII
A good woman is like a fine red wine, once uncorked, appreciate to the full and never waste a drop! ~Unknown
It’s not so bad if shit happens, as long as you serve the right wine with it. ~Unknown
Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself. ~Basil Bunting
I have lived temperately….I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half wine each day and even treble it with a friend. ~ Thomas Jefferson
If your heart is warm with happiness, you’ll need a glass – if sorrow chills your heart, have two! ~ Hannu Lehmusvuori
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. ~Johann Heinrich Voss
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 Baron
To take wine into your mouth is to savor a droplet of the river of human history. ~Clifton Fadiman
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
Compromises are for relationships, not wine. ~Sir Robert Scott Caywood
FRENCH WINE SAYINGS
Wine will not keep in a foul vessel.
Since the wine is drawn it must be drunk.
Eat bread at pleasure, drink wine by measure.
The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.
Good wine needs no sign.
Good wine makes the horse go.
In water one sees one’s own face, but in wine one beholds the heart of another.
The best wine has its lees.
Where the hostess is handsome the wine is good.
Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
Which warms the blood within our veins;
That nectar is itself divine.
The man who drinks not, yet attains
By godly grace to human rank
Would be an angel if he drank. ~Pierre Motin
GERMAN WINE SAYINGS
Wine and women make the prince a pauper.
There are more old wine drinkers than old doctors.
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.
In the mirror we see our form, in wine the heart.
If the landlady is fair, the wine is fair.
Good wine ruins the purse, and makes the stomach bad.
Good wine sells itself.
Good wine is milk for the aged.
ITALIAN WINE PROVERBS & SAYINGS
One barrel of wine can work more miracles than a church full of saints.
Good wine makes good blood.
Sometimes the lees are better than the wine.
Drink wine and let water go to the mill.
A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.
He who likes drinking is always talking of wine.
When wine enters, modesty departs.
SPANISH WINE SAYINGS
Wine tastes best when shared with a friend.
Wine wears no mask.
Wine held in a jar is yours, but wine held in the stomach is its own.
Wine brings forth the truth.
Good wine gladdens the eye, cleans the teeth, and heals the stomach.
If the sea were wine, everyone would be a sailor.
Drink wine upon figs.
With wine and hope, anything is possible.
Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.
He who works, drinks water; he who works not, drinks wine.
Water for fish, wine for men.
Water for oxen, wine for kings.
CHINESE WINE SAYINGS & QUOTES
Without wine, without guests.
Wine reveals the words of one’s inner mind.
Drunkenness is not the wine’s fault, but the man’s.
Not wine – men intoxicate themselves; not vice – men entice themselves.
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 the mind.
ROMAN WINE SAYINGS & PROVERBS
Wine is given to bring mirth not drunkenness.
Wine in the bottle does not quench thirst.
Wine is one thing, drunkenness another.
Wine is the mirror of the mind.
Wine opens the seals of the heart.
Wine carries no rudder.
Wine diffuses the bite of cares.
Wine gladdens the heart of man.
In wine there is truth.
Good wine makes men’s hearts rejoice.
Above all, avoid quarrels excited by wine.
Other Cultural Wine Sayings and Wine Proverbs
Drink a glass of wine after your soup and you steal a ruble from your doctor. ~Russian proverb
A cup of wine is medicine, a gallon of wine is ruin. ~Korean Proverb
Fire tests metal, wine tests men. ~Japanese Proverb
First man drinks wine, then wine drinks wine, then wine drinks man. ~Japanese Proverb
From the sweetest wine, the sharpest vinegar. ~English Proverb
Good wine praises itself. ~Dutch Proverb
Half a cup of wine brings tears, a full cup laughter. ~Korean Proverb
Truth and folly dwell in the wine-cask. ~Danish Proverb
What I have in my heart is brought out by the wine. ~Albanian Proverb
When the wine is in the man, the wit is in the can. ~Dutch Proverb
When wine flows in, the wits flow out. ~English Proverb
Wine begins with a ceremony and ends in a riot. ~Japanese Proverb
Wine in, secret out. ~Yiddish Proverb
Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. ~ Plautus
Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures. ~ M.F.K Fisher
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
What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. ~ Diogenes
Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me. ~ Sarah Bernhardt
Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine. ~ Joan Collins
Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine. ~ Charles Dickens
It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. ~ Charles Baudelaire
I’d rather see you drink a glass of wine than a glass of milk. So many people drink Coca-Cola and all these soft drinks with sugar. Some of these drinks have 8 or 9 teaspoons of sugar in them What’s the good of living if you can’t have the things that give a little enjoyment? ~ Jack LaLanne
Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine. ~ Isak Dineson
Marriage is like wine. It is not be properly judged until the second glass. ~ Douglas William Jerrold
When I put my nose in a glass, it’s like tunnel vision. I move into another world, where everything around me is just gone, and every bit of mental energy is focused on that wine. ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr.
You should celebrate the end of a love affair as they celebrate death in New Orleans, with songs, laughter, dancing and a lot of wine. ~ Francois Sagan
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou. ~ Omar Kayyam
I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine tonight. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age. ~ Colin Powell
Many people believe that introversion is about being antisocial, and that’s really a misperception. Because actually it’s just that introverts are differently social. So they would prefer to have a glass of wine with a close friend as opposed to going to a loud party full of strangers. ~ Susan Cain
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, I’m finding enjoyment in things that stop time. Just the simple act of tasting a glass of wine is its own event. You’re not downing a glass of wine in the midst of doing something else. ~ David Hyde Pierce
It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. ~ Charles Baudelaire
If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three – wine, food, and art – as a way of enhancing life. ~ Robert Mondavi
I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often – but I’m well preserved. ~ Rose Kennedy
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it. ~ Heraclitus
One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts. ~ Samuel Johnson
I like my wine like my women – ready to pass out. ~ Robin Williams
Look I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. I don’t starve myself in an extremist way. You’re not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I’d be devastated. ~ Jennifer Aniston
There’s something about having a great bottle of wine and a great cigar. Nothing compares to it. ~ D.L. Hugley
Wine is something to enjoy. We get sick and tired of people who pick it apart and talk about its ‘saucy nuances.’~ Pat Paulsen
I want great food and wine, and friends to enjoy it all. ~ Ivana Trump
There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. ~ M.F.K. Fisher
To work a vineyard, you need a lot of guts to do that. To go out there and work all year, you almost feel that these people talk to the grapes. Wine is a lifestyle, and you can talk about it for ages. It’s a passion, but it’s not something I can do on a daily basis. ~ Thomas Muster
Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense. ~ Tennessee Williams
The scent of wine, oh how much more agreeable, laughing, praying, celestial and delicious it is than that of oil! ~ Francois Rabelais
If I could drink only one wine, it would be Champagne. ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
Age can be wonderful for red wine, but not for spacecraft. ~ Nathan Myhrvold