Funny Wine Quotes + Sayings: Liquid Laughter 5

My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn’t need glasses.  Drinks right out of the bottle.  ~Henny Youngman How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink?  ~Author Unknown Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila.  ~Author Unknown They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.  ~Scottish Proverb Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.  ~Giuseppe Garibaldi Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.  ~Seneca Be wary of strong drink.  It can make you shoot at tax collectors… […]

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Top 3 Wines for Bad Customer Service: More Magazine

Much as I try, I can’t get stuffy about wine. Anyone can match an expensive Bordeaux with filet mignon, but which wine do you drink when you’ve been on hold with customer service for an hour? There’s the rub. Here are my top wine picks for the most commonly terrible customer service experiences from my column in More Magazine. Got one to suggest?   D’arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007 Mclaren Vale, South Australia Big black bruiser with dark fruit, savoury bacon, dark spices and mint. Full-bodied and smooth. Big “bang” for your buck.  981183  $49.95  Score: 91/100.     Rosehall […]

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Seven Celtic Questions – Celtic Life International

Internationally renowned sommelier and wine writer Natalie MacLean has no sour grapes about her personal pedigree. The author of Red, White and Drunk All Over, and Unquenchable; a Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines uncorks her Celtic heritage in our Seven Celtic Questions. What are your own Celtic roots? Both my mother, Ann Estelle (MacDonald) MacLean, of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada, and my father, John MacLean of Mabou, Nova Scotia, are Celtic. The only non-Scot was my grandmother, who was a Brophy of Irish origin, so the family line is 100 per cent Celtic-grown. I was born in […]

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Wine Quotes and Wit Round 6

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.” ~ Jack Handy 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not. ~ Stephen Wright […]

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Wine Quotes: Funny, Philosophical and Philandering

Round #3 of those wine-soaked sips of wisdom … you’ll find round 1 and round 2 here if you’re thirsting for more. As you can see above, well-dressed, attractive people in a bar somewhere are enjoying them. Cheers, Natalie In beer there’s strength; In wine there’s wisdom; In water there’s bacteria. You haven’t drunk too much wine if you can still lie on the floor without holding on. ~ Dean Martin Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin. ~ Napoleon Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the […]

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Pairing Wine and Stages of a Relationship from Heartbreak to Courtship

I had fun recommending these wine pairings with different stages of a relationship for Curve Magazine… Though Natalie MacLean is about as sensitive to her wines as the average parent is to her children, she still manages to tackle this seemingly snobby, daunting and inaccessible subject with a lighthearted sense of humor that other wine writers sorely lack. Poetic but still down-to-earth, MacLean’s writing is as addictive as her subject itself. Her journey in pursuit of great wine began with an introductory wine appreciation course, and has since brought her to vineyards around the world, as well as to the […]

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Social Media & Wine

“You people,” sighed the Silicon Scout, shaking his head. “You and your websites. The web is like, so over.” We sit on a non-profit board of directors together, the Scout and I. He’s one of the guys known to technology marketers as “early adopters.” The first guy with a cellphone, a fax machine, an MP3 player. The first guy with an infrared mouse for his computer. The first guy to send you photos he took on his phone. (On his phone?) The Scout is considerably younger than most of us — well, he would be, wouldn’t he? — and during […]

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