55 Famous Wine Sayings and Funny Quotes

A listing of 55 famous wine sayings and quotes from historical leaders and wine enthusiasts.

“A regional match is almost always your best match.” – Steve Jones

“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. There is clearly room for more wine.” – Anonymous

“Let us celebrate with wine and sweet words.” – Titus Maccius Plautus

“Making good wine is a skill. Fine wine is an art.” – Robert Mondavi

“Whichever glass you chose, may it be more full than empty.” – Anonymous

“Wine is poetry in a bottle.” – Cliffon Fadiman

“A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Being a wine enthusiast means you care more about quality than quantity.” – Jean-Claude Carrière

“Better is old wine than new, and old friends like-wise.” – Charles Kingsley

“Drink wine, not labels.” – Dr. Maynard Amerine
“For when the wine is in, the wit it out.” – Thomas Becon

“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

“I rather like bad wine; one gets so bored with good wine.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“It was such an exquisite 1964 Bordeaux that one sip was more like inhaling a soft fragrance than imbibing a liquid.” – Ellen Eller

“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

“One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and – one talks about it.” – King Edward VII

“One of the disadvanages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.” – Samuel Johnson

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

“The Americans have no liking for wine unless it is sweet.” – Gustave Koerner

“The wine in the bottle does not quench thirst.” – George Herbert

“Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient champagne.” – Dorothy Parker

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

“When it came to writing about wine, I did what almost everybody does – faked it” – Art Buchwald

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

“Wine drinkers never make artists.” – Gratinos

“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

“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

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

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

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

“A meal without wine is called breakfast.” – Anonymous

“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.” – Robert Mondavi

“A young wine is like a horse, it is extremely vibrant. It needs taming. It has lots of life, the edges need bevelling and we need to reduce the tannins.” – Georg Riedel

“Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” – Joan Collins
“Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.” – Karl Marx

“Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends!” – Old British toast

“Compromises are for relationships, not wine.” – Sir Robert Scott Caywood

“God made only water, but man made wine.” – Victor Hugo

“Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people.” – Shakespeare

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” – Thomas Jefferson

“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’ve entered the world of wine without any professional training, but a definite appetite for good bottles.” – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

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

“Indeed enjoying fine wine at the family table, surrounded by your loved ones and friends, was not just joy – it was one of the highest forms of the art of living.” – Robert Mondavi

“Love the wine you’re with.” – Anonymous

“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

“Remember, gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne!” – Winston Churchill

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

“There can never be any substitute for your own palate nor any better education than tasting the wine yourself.” – Robert Parker

“Whatever you do, pour yourself into it.” – Robert Mondavi

“Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”– André Simon

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy wine, and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Anonymous

The following infographic analyzes the current wine industry and its producers from around the world. Statistics of nations with the highest wine consumption are outlined with the most popular choice of wine.

Wine Industry Statistics and Consumption Trends