Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and although I don’t buy into the heart-covered mass marketing campaign that the holiday has become,* I am a hopeless romantic at heart. So, in the true spirit of the day, here are a few great quotes for all you (wine) lovers out there….
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense… Helen Rowland
Bring water, bring wine, boy! Bring flowering garlands to me! Yes, bring them, so that I may try a bout with love… Anacreon c. 570 – c. 480 B.C.
In water one sees one’s own face; But in wine, one beholds the heart of another… An old Frech proverb
May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older… Old English Toast
Where there is no wine there is no love… Euripides
We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine…. Eduardo Galeano
Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me… Sarah Bernhardt
What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes… Elizabeth Barret Browning
When you came, you were like red wine and honey, and the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness… Amy Lowell
How much better is thy love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than all kinds of spices… Song of Solomon 4:10
Love is like wine. To sip is fine, but to empty the bottle is a headache… Julio Iglesias
What though youth gave love and roses, Age still leaves us friends and wine… Thomas Moore
A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle… Charles Baudelaire
Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine… Joan Collins
A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover…. Clifton Paul Fadiman
Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder… Aldous Huxley
Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others… Samuel Johnson
Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age… Pope John XXIII
Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die… William Butler Yeats
Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion… Ovid 17AD
Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day!!
* Warning: Soap Box Moment – Contrary to what the world’s confectioners, florists, and greeting card manufacturers would like you to believe, a true celebration of Valentine’s Day does not require extravagant gifts or a mad rush to the Valentine’s Day section of a local store just before closing time. On the contrary, the best Valentine’s Day is one that is unique to a particular couple and focuses on the personal – a small yet thoughtful gift instead of a merely expensive one, time together rather than a generic greeting card, an intimate home-cooked meal rather than an overpriced dinner with dozens of strangers…. So go ahead and walk right past that greeting card aisle at the grocery store (she doesn’t care what Hallmark thinks of her; she cares what you think of her), navigate away from that florist webpage (she doesn’t want a stupid stuffed bear, and you’re spending way too much on red roses and baby’s breath), and put that heart-shaped box of chocolates back on the shelf (she’s barely a month in to her New Year’s resolution to lose those last five pounds, and chocolate will not help). At a loss for what to do in the absence of the pre-packaged and heart-shaped? Write her a love letter – by hand. Surprise her with a romantic meal at home, complete with candles and a bottle of her favorite wine. Do something together during the day that you’ve both wanted to do but haven’t had time/opportunity. Just think. Ok. Stepping down off the soap box now…. 🙂