Ben Franklin was/is one of my favorite Americans, for his wisdom and his mischievousness and his love of wine. To wit:
“‘Twas Noah who first planted the vine “¦ and mended his morals by drinking its wine.
“[God] made wine to gladden the heart of men; do not, therefore, when at table you see your neighbor pour wine into his glass, be eager to mingle water with it. Why would you drown truth? Man … is framed in a manner that he may raise his glass to his mouth … Let us, then, with glass in hand, adore this benevolent wisdom; let us adore and drink!”
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
“There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking.”
“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.