Wine making is my hobby, so I have of course collected a lot of proverbs and quotes about wine.

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'It wasn't the wine,' murmured Mr. Snodgrass, in a broken voice. 'It was the salmon.' (Somehow or other, it never is the wine, in these cases.)

The Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.

Louis Pasteur

And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.


Art is indeed not the bread but the wine of life.

Jean Paul

At last Gandalf pushed away his plate and jug – he had eaten two whole loaves (with masses of butter and honey and clotted cream) and drunk at least a quart of mead – and he took out his pipe.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About honey and mead.

Beautiful grapes often make poor wine.

Beer is made by men, wine by God.

Martin Luther

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.

Honoré de Balzac

How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! how much better is your love than wine! and the smell of your ointments than all spices!

Song of Solomon

I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me; I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate.

Song of Solomon 8:2

I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house–she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates.

Song of Solomon 8:2

In vino veritas

This is a Latin phrase. The translation is: ‘in wine there is the truth’

In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

Song of Solomon

Long after the ladies had retired, did the hot elder wine, well qualified with brandy and spice, go round, and round, and round again; and sound was the sleep and pleasant were the dreams that followed.

The Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.

Robert Fripp

No melon peddler cries, ‘Bitter melons’. No wine dealer says, ‘Sour wine’.

Now Galadriel rose from the grass, and taking a cup from one of her maidens she filled it with white mead and gave it to Celeborn.

The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien

One drink is just right,
two are too many,
three too few”.

Spanish saying

President Johnson had ordered beer and vodka to be served with the food, because French wine reminded him of Frenchmen and this was meant to be an enjoyable evening.

Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson

Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the late-comers to eat and drink! What's that? Tea! No thank you! A little red wine, I think for me.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
J. R. R. Tolkien

Some men will build a wine cellar when they have found just one grape.

The truth is in the wine.

Under the influence of alcohol people speak freely.

They sat long at the table with their wooden drinking bowls filled with mead.

The Hobbit – Chapter 7 – Queer Lodgings
J.R.R. Tolkien
About Bilbo and the dwarves when they visit Beorn.

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French; Sour cream makes it Russian; Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; Soy sauce makes it Chinese; Garlic makes it good.

Alice May Brock

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.

Henny Youngman

When the wine is in, the wit is out.

You can’t think properly when you drink too much alcohol.

Without wine, even beautiful cherry blossoms have small attraction.