The Fine Wine Geek Wine Quotes


Hugh Johnson defines Fine Wine as wine worth talking about.
— Hugh Johnson in the first issue of The World of Fine Wine.

The Fine Wine Geek expands Hugh Johnson's definition to Fine Wine is wine worth talking about or thinking about, a wine of meditation.

Wine is something we intercept between juice and vinegar.
— Charles Massoud, Paumanok Vineyards

No nation is druken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.
— Thomas Jefferson

May God give you of heaven's dew and of earth's richness -- an abundance of grain and new wine.
— Isaac to his son Jacob in Genesis 27:28

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

Wine connects man and nature and time in a way nothing else does.
— Hugh Johnson.

Wine ... offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.
— Ernest Hemingway.

Beer is made by men, wine by God!
— Martin Luther.

Where there is no wine there is no love.
— Euripedes.

Work is the scourge of the drinking classes.
— Oscar Wilde

A man is never drunk if he can lie on the floor without holding on.
— Joe E. Lewis

Only a pervert would open a good bottle of wine without first considering who to drink it with.
— Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet.

Nebbiolo is contrapuntal like Bach, with multiple complex themes or melodies playing at different levels at the same time, different but fitting together.
Chris Thile

Cabernet is to John Wayne, as Nebbiolo is to Marcello Mastroianni. Cabernet has a strong personality, open, easily understood and dominating. If Cabernet were a man, he would do his duty every night in the bedroom, but always in the same way. Nebbiolo, on the other hand, would be the brooding, quiet man in the corner, harder to understand but infinitely more complex.
— Angelo Gaja [Wislocki, Amy, (2009). "Gaja – presented by Angelo Gaja"]

Vito Corleone: I like to drink wine more than I used to.
Michael Corleone: It's good for ya, Pop.
Vito Corleone: Anyway I'm drinkin' more.
(from the movie The Godfather)

In the world of wine collecting, the heralded light at the end of the tunnel is always a freight train, bearing the next great must-buy vintage.
— Victor Hong

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

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.
— Homer, The Odyssey

Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon
Surely, if heaven didn't love wine,
there would be no Wine star in heaven,
and if earth didn't love wine, surely
there would be no Wine Spring on earth.
Heaven and earth have always loved wine,
so how could loving wine shame heaven?
I hear clear wine called enlightenment,
and they say murky wine is like wisdom:
once you drink enlightenment and wisdom,
why go searching for gods and immortals?
Three cups and I've plumbed the great Way,
a jarful and I've merged with occurrence
appearing of itself. Wine's view is lived:
you can't preach doctrine to the sober.
— Li Po (circa 750 A.D)




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