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Wine quotes make the fast faster

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, September 24th, 2007 at 11:12 am in Uncategorized.

What can I say, it was a a pensive weekend for me, what with the shedding of my physical body during the enlightened Yom Kippur fast and trying to come up with a name for my new column.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about what winemaker Bryan Harrington said about making Pinot Noir, and how it’s like painting:

“When you look at a painting, you are drawn into it. You move around it and find some resolve. Same with wine. You have a nose that pulls you in, and a definite attack that brings you in deeper. The mid-palate is where things begin to evolve, and then the finish leaves you hooked.”

So I decided to turn to my wine quote obsession for inspiration, and to get my mind off food. Good one, I know. There’s nothing like dreaming of Cava and 4-cheese mac (what I broke my fast with at the Grove) and reading Galileo’s thoughts on vino.

Besides love or suffering, it’s safe to say that no other subject has brought together so many great minds. There are multiple sites and dozens of archivists devoted to wine quotes, including the Wine Lover’s Page.
Spend some time on there. You might just stitch one on a pillow.

I came across two quotes that captured at least part of the essence of this new, unnamed column. The trippy part is that they were uttered a good 800 years apart. Check it out:

“A wine doesn’t have to be an important wine to move me — and drinking it doesn’t have to be an earth shattering kind of experience that shakes me to my shoes.”
— Winemaker Steve Edmunds

Then back in the 12th Century, a mystic and Sufi poet mused:

“Drink the wine that moves you as a camel moves when it’s been untied, and is just ambling about.”
— Jalaluddin Rumi


Here are some others that struck me:

“Wine is light, held together by water.”
— Galileo

“God made only water, but man made wine.”
— Victor Hugo

“The wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.”
— William Shakespeare

“I resolve daily that at dusk I shall repent for a night with a cup full of wine spent.”
— Omar Khayyam

“The spirit of wine sang in my glass, and I listened with love to his odorous music, his flushed and magnificent song.”
— William Ernest Henly

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  • Ron & KD

    We love those food and wine quotes. Its like a little peice of history, and pretty neat to see what say… Galileo was thinking and writing about a several hundred years ago. We send out a Daily quote to our members, its another way to say hello and here is an awesome quote for you. Thanks

    Ron & KD