10 popular sayings inspired by wine

We’re always talking about wine. It comes up every day, far more than we might even realize—whether we prefer white or organic wines, whether the 2009 vintage of such-and-such wine is better than the 2011… Everyone talks about wine. Philosophers, thinkers, writers and politicians all have a few famous wine quotes up their sleeve. But what about in popular culture? Here wine comes up a lot too. We’ve picked 10 wine-inspired sayings to demonstrate just how widespread these references are. As you can see, wine relates to many areas of our daily lives, especially where food is concerned.

  • Life is too short to drink bad wine. A saying that reminds us to make good use of our time on this earth and not waste it on unpleasant things like bad wine.
  • You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine, and that’s kind of the same thing. A twist on a piece of popular wisdom, implying that wine brings happiness to those who drink it.
  • Wine a little, laugh a lot. A reference to how a glass or two of wine leads to general merriment.
  • Love the wine you’re with. A twist on the pop song Love the One You’re With, encouraging you not to pine for absent wines, but enjoy the one in your glass.
  • The best wines are the ones we drink with friends. A saying about how the company, occasion and conversations are what make a wine truly enjoyable and memorable.
  • Save water, drink wine. A little environmental awareness joke that doubles as encouragement to drink wine.
  • A meal without wine is called breakfast. Implying that every other meal is best enjoyed with wine.
  • Wine…because no great story started with someone eating a salad. The saying implies that wine leads to exciting experiences, the kind worth telling a story about afterwards.
  • Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it. A play on a bit of wine wisdom, which points out that it isn’t just the wine, but our ability to appreciate it that improves with age.
  • It’s always wine o’clock. Any time is a good time to enjoy wine.

If you’re curious about wine sayings in Catalan or Spanish, click on the language tab to see an adapted version of this post.

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