Top 10: Quotes about Wine

After much debate, over several bottles of Cabernet and Shiraz, we have managed to draw up a list of our favourite wine related quotes and sayings.  We will update our Top 10 with new quotes as we discover them, relegating former members of this Top 10 to the company of Plato, da Vinci and Jefferson below.

Top 10

  1. “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.” Galileo Galilei (astronomer)

  2. “Brothers, come quickly!  I’m drinking stars!” Dom Pierre Pérignon* (monk)

  3. “Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” Napoleon Bonaparte (general)

  4. “Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” Sir Winston Churchill (politician)

  5. “Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.” Homer (writer)

  6. “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” Thomas Jefferson* (politician)

  7. “Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, and makes weariness forget his toil” Lord Byron (poet)

  8. “God made Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the devil made Pinot Noir” André Tchelistcheff (winemaker)

  9. “She gets to keep the chalet and the Rolls, I want the Montrachet.” Forbes (magazine)

  10. “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.” Basil Fawlty (hotelier)



Churchill’s favourite Champagne was Pol Roger.  When he died in 1965, Pol Roger placed a black border around its labels as a gesture of respect.  Pol Roger’s Curvee Sir Winston Churchill is also named in his honour.

“Pinot Noir is the ultimate wine to have at the table. It’s a white wine masquerading as red … [while] Chardonnay is a red masquerading as a white.” Kevin Zraly

“The discovery of a good wine is increasingly better for mankind than the discovery of a new star.” Leonardo da Vinci

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

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.” Benjamin Franklin

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

“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world” Louis Pasteur

“Wine can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and hygienic of all beverages.” Louis Pasteur

“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“sunlight, held together by water”

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.” Martin Luther

“I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.” Thomas Jefferson

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” Joan Collins

“Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.” Pope John XXIII

“Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.” Alexander Fleming

“Wine prepares the heart for love, unless you take too much.” Ovid

“Even where it prospers, it needs to be coaxed, wheedled, flattered, cajoled, cursed and (or) prayed over almost ounce by ounce through a series of crises that starts at the fermenters and lasts beyond bottling.” Bob Thompson, on Pinot Noir

“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” Frank Sinatra

“Speaking of Provence, that paradisical region of sun-kissed slopes and lavender meadows remains the locus of Rosé’s spiritual soul” Mark Oldman

J., 12/10/16 (last updated 11/1/16)


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