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Ambrose Bierce was a great satirist. Be sure to read his great work, The Devil's Dictionary, even the parts that have nothing to do with wine.

By modern we mean quotes from the twentieth and twenty-first century. We forced the list a bit by including Oscar Wilde who died in 1900 - he seems to be quite a modern guy. Please note the absence of quotes from the twenty-first century. Get cracking.

A German wine label is one of the things life's too short for, a daunting testimony to that peculiar nation's love of detail and organization. 
Kingsley Amis, British novelist, (1922-1995) in Everyday Drinking

ABSTAINER, n: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
Ambrose Bierce, American author, (1842-1914) in The Devil's Dictionary

Wine, madam, is God's next best gift to man.
Ambrose Bierce, American author, (1842-1914) in The Devil's Dictionary

CONNOISSEUR, n. A specialist who knows everything about something and nothing about anything else. An old wine-bibber having been smashed in a railway collision, some wine was poured on his lips to revive him. "Pauillac, 1873," he murmured and died.
Ambrose Bierce, American author, (1842-1914) in The Devil's Dictionary

WINE, n. Fermented grape-juice known to the Women's Christian Union as "liquor," sometimes as "rum”.
Ambrose Bierce, American author, (1842-1914) in The Devil's Dictionary

My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!
Bond in Goldfinger, (1964)

And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
'I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine'.
G.K. Chesterton, British author (1874-1936) in Wine and Water

No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or as good as drink.
G.K. Chesterton, British author, (1874-1936)

Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die.

Julia Child, American master chef, (1912-2004)

Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, its Champagne!
Winston Churchill, English statesman, (1874-1965)

What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning with infininite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?
Isak Dineson, Danish author, (1885-1962) in Seven Gothic Tales

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?
W. C. Fields, American comedian, (1880-1946)

I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.
W. C. Fields, American comedian,(1880-1946)

I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink; that's the one thing I'm indebted to her for.
W. C. Fields, American comedian, (1880-1946) in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

During one of my treks through Afghanistan, we lost our corkscrew. We were compelled to live on food and water for several days.
W. C. Fields, American comedian, (1880-1946) in My Little Chickadee

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.
Ernest Hemingway, American author, (1899-1961)

In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.
Ernest Hemingway, American author, (1899-1961)

Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.
Ernest Hemingway, American author, (1899-1961)

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
Ernest Hemingway, American author, (1899-1961) in Death in the Afternoon

What is better than to sit at the end of a day and drink wine with friends, or substitute for friends.
James Joyce, Irish writer, (1882-1941)

My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.
John Maynard Keynes, British economist, (1883-1946)

Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine. href="http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Fran_Lebowitz/">Fran Lebowitz, American writer and humorist, (1950- )

Our hypothetical rich client might even have ordered a Pommard, because it was listed at a higher price...He would have never learned [about other wines].  A man who is rich in his adolescence is almost doomed to be a dilettante at table. This is not because all millionaires are stupid but because they are not impelled to experiment.
A.J. Liebling, American writer, (1904-1963) in Between Meals

Three are the things I shall never attain--Envy, content and sufficient champagne.
Dorothy Parker, American writer and humorist, (1893-1967)

You can have too much champagne to drink but you can never have enough.
Elmer Rice, American playwright, (1892-1967)

...I loved the [story] about how a great wine connoisseur invited the composer [Brahms] to dinner. 'This is the Brahms of my cellar,' he said to his guests, producing a dust-covered bottle and pouring some onto the master's glass. Brahms looked first at the color of the wine, then sniffed its bouquet, finally took a sip, and put the glass down without saying a word. 'Hmmm,' Brahms muttered. 'Better bring your Beethoven!'
Artur Rubinstein, Polish pianist, (1887-1982) in My Young Years

Wine had such ill effects on Noah’s health that it was all he could do to live 950 years. Show me a total abstainer that ever lived that long.
Will Rogers, American humorist, (1879-1935)

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, American singer, (1915-1998)

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (1850-1894)

Wine in California is still in the experimental stage; and when you taste a vintage, grave economical questions are involved. The beginning of vine-planting is like the beginning of mining for the precious metals: the wine-grower also "prospects." One corner of land after another is tried with one kind of grape after another. This is a failure; that is better; third is best. So, bit by bit, they grope about for their Clos Vougeot and Lafite. Those lodes and pockets of earth, more precious than the precious ores, that yield inimitable fragrance and soft fire, those virtuous Bonanzas where the soil has sublimated under sun and stars to something finer, and the wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (1850-1894) in The Silverado Squatters

There are no standards of taste in wine... Each man's own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard.
Mark Twain, American author, (1835-1910)

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
Mark Twain, American author, (1835-1910)

By comparing what we know today with what the ancients appear to have known we can guess at the kinds of wine they drank.
Alec Waugh, British novelist, (1898-1981)

You Americans have the loveliest wine in the world, you know, but you don't realize it. You call them domestic and that's enough to start trouble anywhere.
H. G. Wells, British novelist and historian, (1866-1946)

Alcohol, if taken in sufficient quantities, can give one the illusion of drunkenness.
Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish playwright, (1854-1900)

Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish playwright, (1854-1900)

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.
William Butler Yeats, Irish poet, (1865-1939)

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
Henny Youngman, American comedian, (1906-1998)

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