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Best wine quotes – a Decanter guide

Wine has captivated some of the greatest minds in history. Here, we salute its enduring influence on civilisation by bringing you some of our favourite wine sayings in cartoon form...

Wine commands a fascination that has seen it transcend social class, national borders, political rivalries and popular culture through the ages.

Wine fashions change; we thankfully no longer drink Champagne that is sweeter than your average tin of golden syrup, but wine itself is ever-present.

What else can claim to have marched with the Roman legions, adorned the tables of Papal dinners and provided creative fuel for countless writers, artists and film makers?

We couldn’t fit in all of the wine quotes we love below, but here’s a few of our favourites…

See also:  Sir Winston Churchill on wine

Best wine quotes

james bond, wine quote, decanter

‘Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.’ James Bond in ‘From Russia with Love’ in 1963.

‘Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.’ James Bond in ‘From Russia with Love’ in 1963.

winston churchill, wine quote, decanter

‘Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne.’ Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965.

‘Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne.’ Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965.

Lautrec, wine quote, cows, decanter

‘I will drink milk when cows eat grapes.’ Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, 1864 – 1901.

wine quote, cooking, decanter

‘I cook with wine. Sometimes, I even add it to the food.’ W C Fields, American comedian and actor, 1880 – 1946.

‘I cook with wine. Sometimes, I even add it to the food.’ W C Fields, American comedian and actor, 1880 – 1946.

Pope John, wine quote, decanter

‘Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.’ Pope John XXIII, 1881 – 1963.

‘Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.’ Pope John XXIII, 1881 – 1963.