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4,569.  What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?  (Man & Machine & Wine)  Isak Dinesen 1885-1962, Danish novelist, Seven Gothic Tales 1934

 

 

76,416.  It’s always a pleasure to meet someone who appreciates the boudoir of the grape.  I’m afraid most people we get in here don’t know a Bordeaux from a Claret.  (Hotel & Wine)  Fawlty Towers: The Builders s1e2, BBC 1975 

 

 

7,283.  Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.  (Book & Wine)  John Keats 

 

 

42,875.  Souls of poets dead and gone,

What Elysium have ye known,

Happy field or mossy cavern,

Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern?

Have ye tippled drink more fine

Than mine host’s Canary wine?  (Alcohol & Drink & Wine & Pub)  John Keats, Lines on the Mermaid Tavern 1820

 

 

42,876.  O, for a draught of vintage! that hath been

Cool’d a long age in the deep-delved earth,

Tasting of Flora and the country green,

Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!

O for a beaker full of the warm South,

Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,

With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,

And purple-stained mouth;

That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,

And with thee fade away into the forest dim.  (Alcohol & Drink & Wine)  John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale stanza II

 

 

21,120.  Send me the Somali – the wine geezer.  (GBH Films & Wine)  London Boulevard 2010 starring Colin Farrell & Keira Knightley & Ray Winstone & Anna Friel & David Thewlis & Ben Chaplin & Eddie Marsan & Sanjeev Bhaskar & Stephen Graham & Gerald Home et al, director William Monahan, Rob Gant

 

 

23,858.  I sold out ... Once many years ago I went into a wine bar.  (Science Fiction & Wine)  Red Dwarf IV: DNA s4e2, computer on alien ship, Lister to Kryten

 

 

24,829.  It’s a pity it doesn’t have any bubbles.  (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Wine)  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Apocalypse Rising s5e1, Odo of bloodwine

 

 

31,590.  Wine was becoming essential ... The average British wine intake doubled.  (Great Britain & England & 1970s & Wine)  Dominic Sandbrook, The 70s I: Get It On 70-72 ***** BBC 2013

 

 

42,878.  Go fetch to me a pint o’ wine,

An’ fill it in a silver tassie.  (Alcohol & Wine)  Robert Burns

 

 

42,880.  Let us have wine, and women, mirth and laughter,

Sermons and soda-water the day after.  (Alcohol & Wine)  Lord Byron, Don Juan

 

 

42,885.  Rules is rules.  It’s pint for the fellah, glass of white wine, fruit-based drink for the lady.  Those are the rules.  If we didn’t have rules then where would we be?  That’s right.  France.  (Alcohol & Pub & Beer & Wine)  Al Murray: The Pub Landlord: My Gaff, My Rules, live at Londons Playhouse Theatre   

 

 

42,887.  Drink to me only with thine eyes,

And I will pledge with mine;

Or leave a kiss but in the cup,

And I’ll not look for wine.  (Alcohol & Drink & Wine)  Ben Jonson, To Celia 1616

 

 

43,538.  Let me play the fool,

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come,

And rather let my liver rather heat with wine

Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.

Why should a man whose blood is warm within

Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster,

Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice

By being peevish?  William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice I i 79-86, Graziano to others

 

 

43,537.  A man cannot make him laugh; but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine.  William Shakespeare, II Henry IV IV iii 95

 

 

42,927.  For I am falser than vows made in wine.  (Alcohol & Wine)  William Shakespeare, As You Like It III v 74, Rosalind

 

 

42,935.  O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.  (Alcohol & Wine)  William Shakespeare, Othello II iii 275-277, Cassio

 

42,939.  Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.  (Alcohol & Wine)  ibid.  II iii 302-303, Iago 

 

43,539.  Come come; good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it.  ibid.  II iii 315

 

 

42,955.  Clowns and vulgar men drink beer or ale, but gentlemen carouse only in wine.  (Alcohol & Beer & Wine)  Fynes Moryson

 

 

42,958.  The king sits in Dunfermline town

Drinking the blude-red wine.  (Alcohol & Wine)  Sir Patrick Spens, ballad

 

 

42,971.  Strong brother in God and last companion, Wine.  (Alcohol & Wine)  Hilaire Belloc, Heroic Poem Upon Wine, 1926

 

 

42,974.  Who loves not woman, wine, and song

Remains a fool his whole life long.  (Alcohol & Wine & Fool)  Martin Luther

 

 

43,535.  The wine is a sea of organisms.  Louis Pasteur

 

 

43,536.  How does one account for the working of the vintage and the vat?  Louis Pasteur

 

 

43,563.  Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.  Louis Pasteur

 

 

43,540.  Wine is bottled poetry.  Robert Louis Stevenson

 

 

98,543.  The secret to a happiness is a small ego.  And a big wallet.  Good wine helps, too.  But that’s not really a secret, is it?  (Happiness & Wine)  Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

 

43,541.  Wine is my hobby.  I’m not drinking.  I’m learning about it.  What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads? Bob to Thelma  

 

 

43,542.  This is one of the disadvantages of wine: it makes a man mistake words for thought.  Samuel Johnson

 

 

43,575.  So Noah, when he anchor’d safe on

The mountain’s top, his lofty haven,

And all the passengers he bore

Were on the new world set ashore,

He made it next his chief design

To plant and propagate a vine,

Which since has overwhelm’d and drown’d

Far greater numbers, on dry ground,

Of wretched mankind, one by one,

Than all the flood before had done.  (Wine & Noah & Drunk)  Samuel Butler, Satire Upon Drunkenness

 

 

43,543.  Australia went on to conquer the world’s biggest wine markets, toppling even the French in Britain and the United States.  Last year Australia exported 62% of its wine.  The average for France is 40%. Foster’s, the beer Goliath, is now the world’s second biggest wine producer.  Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the other British supermarket chains sell labels like Hardy’s and Rosemount for less than you can buy them in Australia.  Along with under-cutting and marketing, the whispered secret is high alcohol.  In recent years, the alcohol content of Australian reds has leapt 2 and 3%.  Australian Shiraz (the Syrah grape) has soared above 15%.  Pour this into a large glass, as many restaurants do, and you are soon on your ear.  The deceitful euphemism is ‘full-bodied’.  In his astute New Statesman column (Grapes of Wrath, 13 November 2008), Roger Scruton noted that ‘to force Syrah up to an alcoholic content of 14% or more, tricking it into early maturation, so as to put the result on the market with all its liquorice flavours unsubdued, puffing out its dragon breath like an old lecher leaning sideways to put a hairy hand on your knee, is to slander a grape that, properly treated, is the most slow and civilised of seducers’ ...

 

The good news is that people are beginning to drink less of the stuff. According to the Financial Times, the ‘Yellow Tail Effect’ is one of the factors causing bulk Australian wine exports to Britain and the US to drop by as much as 23% last year.  Bruce March, chief winemaker of a winery north of Canberra, says that following the success of ‘sunshine in a bottle’ in Britain, he was advised by marketing people to sell into China at the lowest possible price and to think about quality later.  (He declined).  ‘They told us,’ he said, ‘don’t worry, the Chinese don’t know what they’re drinking.’  John Pilger, The Reds Down Under are Revolting, article New Statesman; viz website

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