Favorite Wine and Drinking Quotes

Favorite Wine and Drinking Quotes

I love collecting quotes about wine and drinking … some really delicious wit among these below. Got a favourite one of your own that I can add to this list? E-mail me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com. You can find round two of quotes here, and round three here … not that I would know about these posts at this point in time since they will be done in the future, but whatever.





I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
– Dorothy Parker

I saw a sign that read “Drink Canada Dry” and I’ve just started.
– Brendan Behan

You must believe in something. I believe I’ll have another drink.
– W.C. Fields

I read about the evils of drinking, so I gave up reading.
– Henny Youngman

I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.
– Frank Sinatra

I drink to make other people interesting.
– Geo Nathan, American drama critic

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
– Oscar Wilde

I’ve taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
– Sir Winston Churchill

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
– W.C. Fields

This is one of the disadvantages of wine; it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
– Samuel Johnson

I do not drink more than a sponge.
– François Rabelais, French humorist

I am a drinker with a writing problem.
– Brendan Behan

A hard drinker was offered grapes for dessert. “Thank you,” said he, pushing the dish away from him, “but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.”
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
– Ernest Hemingway

Great wine is about nuance, surprise, subtlety, expression, qualities that keep you coming back for another taste.  Rejecting a wine a wine because it is not big enough is like rejecting a book because it is not long enough, or a piece of music because it is not loud enough.
– Kermit Lynch

I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad.  Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.  When I have company I consider it obligatory.  I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.  Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
– Lily Bollinger


SOBER is actually an acronym that stands for: Son Of a Bitch, Everything’s Real


An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.
– Dylan Thomas


Where once, per chance, my wit hath shone,

In aid of others let me shine,

And when, at last, my brain is gone,

What nobler substitute than wine?

– Lord Byron




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