Wine is a gracious creature…
…it can clear the vapours of despair and make us feel as light as air. This most delightful of drinks (one of the most civilised things in the world) is a friend, a joy, the birthright of all. It’s the most healthful and hygienic of all beverages, it warms the blood in our veins, cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young; it’s old men’s milk and it makes old wives wenches (it’s a precious aphrodisiac that gives courage and makes us apt for passion, letting no lover unrewarded go!). Wine is the drink of the gods, distilled from nectar and ambrosia. In fact, it cheereth God and man. One of the noblest cordials in nature, it gives us liberty, makes us princes. And although it is a food, it is bottle poetry, too (like the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams). From wine what sudden friendship springs! It gives great pleasure and maketh glad the heart of man. So, let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter. Sermons and soda water the day after.
Direct quotations from: W. Scott, J. Gay, Brillat-Savarin, E. Hemingway, A. Simon, L. Pasteur, P. Motin, Byron, T. Cogan, J. Clarke, N. Douglas, Ovid, A. Pope, J. S. Blackie, Homer, Judges 9:13, J. Wesley, Wycherley, O. W. Holmes, R. L. Stevenson, T. L. Peacock, J. Gay, S. Johnson, Psalms 104:15, Byron.