Wine and High culture

Now we will look at how Wine has had an impact of society and culture throughout the times. We will first look at the thoughts about wine from many prominent Politicians and Writers.


“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy! “

(The Posthumous and Other Writings of Benjamin Franklin (1819). p. 290.) Benjamin Franklin-Founding Father of the United States (1706-1790)

“Wine from long habit has become an indispensable for my health.”

“By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my
country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the
national debt.”

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

“I rejoice as a moralist at the prospect of a reduction of the duties
on wine by our national legislature…. Its extended use will carry
health and comfort to a much enlarged circle.”

“Wine … the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.”

Thomas Jefferson The third president of the United States of America and the Drafter of the Declaration of Independence  (1743-1826)

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

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

“I drink champagne when I win, to celebrate . . . and I drink champagne when I lose, to console myself.”
Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor, (1769-1821)

In victory, you deserve champagne, in defeat, you need it..
Napoleon Bonaparte, French emperor, (1769-1821) also attributed to Winston Churchill Brisitsh politician (1874-1965)


A body without wine is like a dessert without sugar.

A pale woman can only be coloured with lipstick and rouge, and a pale man can only be coloured with wine!

Eyes of Magic, Awarded Plays 2, Act I, Scene II, 1st ed. November, (2000). p. 14.

-Mehemt Ildan a Turkish playwright (1965)

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”
Homer, “Odyssey (9th c. B.C.)

“Tis pity wine should be so deleterious,
For tea and coffee leave us much more serious.”
Lord Byron British Poet (1788-1824)

“Good wine needs no bush.”
——( As You Like It, Epilogue)
“Give me a bowl of wine,
In this I bury all unkindness.”
——- (Julius Caesar)
“Give me a bowl of wine:
have not that alacrity of spirit,
Nor cheer of mind, that I was wont to have.”
—— (Richard III)
“Wine is a good familiar creature if it be will used, exclaim no more against it.”
—— (Othello)

“Good wine needs no blush.”

William Shakespeare- British writer, Poet  and Playwright (1564-1616)

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

“Wine is a food.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes— Poet and Medical reformer (1809-1894)

And that you may the less marvel at my words, Look at the sun’s heat that becomes wine when combine with the juice that flows from the vine.

Dante Alighieri, Italian author, (1265-1321)

“In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.”
Ernest Hemingway American writer and journalist (1899-1961)


One Response to “Wine and High culture”

  1. Hehe am I actually the only reply to your awesome article!?

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