At Brits’ end

For centuries, the British have carried on a love affair with wine, with their finest authors waxing poetic (or prose-etic) on the joys fermented grape juice. To wit:

• “And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.” “” Alexander Pope

Swift• “This wine should be eaten, for it is much too good to be drunk.” “” Jonathan Swift (left)

• “Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know. “” John Keats

• “Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits in delight beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste. “” John Milton

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