Hitting the high notes

It’s no surprise that classical-music composers and musicians would have an affinity for our favorite beverage. Or that they would be articulate about it. To wit:

Mahler“A full cup of wine at the right time is worth more than all the kingdoms of this earth!” — Gustave Mahler (left)

“A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore.” — Johann Strauss

“Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.” — Ludwig Van Beethoven

Brahms“A great wine connoisseur invited [composer Johannes Brahms, left] to dinner. ‘This is the Brahms of my cellar,’ he said to his guests, producing a dust-covered bottle and pouring some into the master s glass. Brahms looked first at the color of the wine, then sniffed its bouquet, finally took a sip, and put the glass down without saying a word. ‘Don’t you like it?’ asked the host. ‘Hmm,’ Brahms muttered. ‘Better bring your Beethoven!’ ” — Arthur Rubinstein, pianist


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