Notable quoteables, waxing wine wisdom

Wine inevitably produces discussion, of varying degrees of quality, but sometimes it spawns profundity:

“Wine, bright avenger of sly-dealing wrong.” — Hilaire Belloc (left)

“Fill up the cup, but spill not the wine … for if you do so, it is an ill sign.” — Robert Herrick 

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” — Mark Twain

“Autumn arrives, array’d in splendid mien;
Vines, cluster’d full, add to the beauteous scene.”
 Farmer’s Almanac, 1818 

“Yet all the cool wines and flowery rooms, with as many fans and soft dews as June and July can imagine, are not worth a morsel of the bread and oil eaten around the fire in December and January as one gulps down a cup or two of new wine.” — Pietro Aretino (left)

“Sobriety diminishes, discriminates, and says no; drunkenness expands, unites, and says yes.” — William James

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