Wine Sayings,
Quotes and Proverbs

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Wine fills the heart with courage.
~Plato

Wine Sayings and Quotes About Wine

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

This is one of the disadvantages of wine: it makes a man mistake words for thought.
~Samuel Johnson

Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.
~Benjamin Franklin

What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.
~William Sokolin

Wine is at the head of all medicines; where wine is lacking, drugs are necessary.
~Talmud

A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow.
~Kathy Mattea

A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.
~Charles Baudelaire

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

Reality is an illusion that occurs due to a lack of wine.
~Unknown Author

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.
~ W.C. Fields

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.
~ Louis Pasteur

Drink is the feast of reason and the flow of soul.
~ Alexander Pope

A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore.
~ Johann Strauss

When you ask one friend to dine,
Give him your best wine!
When you ask two,
The second best will do!”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?
~ Cardinal Richeleu

Like human beings, a wine's taste is going to depend a great deal on its origins and its upbringing.
~ Linda Johnson-Bell

Artists and poets still find life's meaning in a glass of wine.
~ Joy Sterling

You haven't drunk too much wine if you can still lie on the floor without holding on.
~~Dean Martin

Wine gives a man nothing... it only puts in motion what had been locked up in frost.
~Samuel Johnson


Wine is sunlight, held together by water.
~Galileo

If you wish to keep your affairs secret, drink no wine.
~Author Unknown

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.
~Ovid

For when the wine is in, the wit is out.
~Thomas Becon

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

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I'll not look for wine.
~Ben Jonson

The great evil of wine is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty wrestler.
~TITUS MACCIUS

I’m Aging like Fine Wine … I’m getting Complex and Fruity!
~Unknown Author

Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.
~Unknown Author

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

The air is like a draught of wine.
The undertaker cleans his sign,
The Hull express goes off the line,
When it's raspberry time in Runcorn.
~Noel Coward

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.
~William Shakespeare

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.
~Ernest Hemingway

There are two reasons for drinking wine...when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it... prevention is better than cure.
~Thomas Love Peacock

The First Duty of wine is to be Red...the second is to be a Burgundy.
~Harry Waugh

Never understood a single word he said but I helped him drink his wine…and he always had some mighty fine wine.
~3 Dog Night

From wine what sudden friendship arrises.


~John Gay

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

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

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 happy convents, bosomed deep in vines,
Where slumber abbots, purple as their wines.
~Alexander Pope

To take wine into your mouth is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
~Clifton Fadiman

There's nothing serious in mortality.
All is but toys; renown and grace is dead,
The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees
Is left this vault to brag of.
~William Shakespeare

Wine ...moderately drunken
It doth quicken a man's wits,
It doth comfort the heart.
~Andrew Boorde

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

And they drank the red wine through the helmet barr'd.
~Sir Walter Scott

By comparing what we know today with what the ancients appear to have known we can guess at the kinds of wine they drank.
~Alec Waugh

What though youth gave love and roses, age still leaves us friends and wine.
~Thomas Moore

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.
~L. Bacon

Drink to me only with thine eyes and I will pledge with mine; or leave a kiss but in the cup, and I'll not look for wine.
~Ben Johnson

Go, little book, and wish to all
Flowers in the garden, meat in the hall,
A bin of wine, a spice of wit,
A house with lawns enclosing it,
A living river by the door,
A nightingale in the sycamore!
~Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Compromises are for relationships, not wine.
~Sir Robert Scott Caywood

I drank at every vine, the last was like the first. I came upon no wine so wonderful as thirst.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Give me a bowl of wine,
In this I bury all unkindness.
~William Shakespeare

Wine is a food.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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


When a man drinks wine at dinner, he begins to be better pleased with himself.
~Plato

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine.
~St. Thomas Aquinas

Wine in itself is an excellent thing.
~Pope Pius XII Airen

Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It's culture. It's the essence of civilization and the art of living.
~Robert Mondavi

Wine, like women, get better with age.
~Unknown Author

It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.
~Unknown Author

Wine is bottled poetry.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Old wine and old friends are enough provision.
~Andalusian Saying

Good wine carrieth a man to heaven.
~Anglo-Saxon Saying

Cultural Wine Sayings and Wine Proverbs

Wine is well Known around the world. Below are some cultural wine sayings and wine proverbs from a number of different cultures.

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.

German Sayings About Wine

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.

Wine and women make fools of everybody.

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.

Where the best grapes grow, the worst wine is drunk

Italian Wine Proverbs and Wine 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.

When wine sinks, words swim.

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 and Quotes about wine

Without wine, without guests.

Wine reveals the words of one’s inner mind.

Wine can throw man’s nature into disorder.

Drunkenness is not the wine's fault, but the man's.

Medicine can cure a false disease; wine cannot dispel real sorrow.

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 mind.

Roman Wine Sayings and Proverbs

Wine in the bottle does not quench thirst.

Wine is a cunning wrestler: it trips up the feet.

Wine is first a friend, then an enemy.

Wine is given to bring mirth not drunkenness.

Wine is one thing, drunkenness another.

Wine is the mirror of the mind.

Wine mars beauty and destroys the freshness of youth.

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.

It has passed into a proverb, that wisdom is overshadowed by wine.

Prudent men abstain from wine.

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 the doctor.
~Russian Proverb

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

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

Wine is the key of all evil.
~Moroccan Proverb


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