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15 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 15 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. 
  • You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine, and that’s kind of the same thing. 
  • Wine a little, laugh a lot.
  • Love the wine you’re with. 
  • The best wines are the ones we drink with friends. 
  • A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow.
  • A meal without wine is called breakfast. 
  • Wine…because no great story started with someone eating a salad.
  • Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it. 
  • It’s always wine o’clock. 
  • Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.
  • The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.
  • Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.
  • Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
  • Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.

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