Wine Quotes, Sayings, Captions

What better way to relax and unwind than a glass (or bottle) of your favorite vino and a great list of wine quotes and sayings?

This collection of thoughtful and funny sayings will amuse fans of all varieties of wine—from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon. There are even a few quotes for Champagne lovers!

Wine quotes for the wine enthusiast

Here are ten of our favorite wine quotes and sayings to get us started. Which ones are your favorites?

Top 10 best wine quotes

1.) Wine is sunlight, held together by water.
Galileo Galilei

2.) The connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.
Salvador Dali

3.) Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.
Homer

4.) In wine, there’s truth.
Pliny the Elder

5.) Wine is, perhaps, the closest thing the planet has to an elixir of life.
Thom Elkjer

6.) If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night.
D. H. Lawrence

7.) Beer is made by men, wine by God.
Martin Luther

8.) Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul.
Horace

9.) Wine is like the incarnation—it is both divine and human.
Paul Tillich

10.) A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
Louis Pasteur

Wine quotes sayings

Funny wine quotes

I tried to think of a way to always have clean bedsheets, so I bought bed sheets that are the same color as my wine.
Unknown

A good man can make you feel strong, sexy, and able to take on the world… oh wait, that’s wine. Wine does that.
Unknown

The worst gift I was given is when I got out of rehab that Christmas; a bottle of wine. It was delicious.
Craig Ferguson

I’m like old wine. They don’t bring me out very often—but I’m well preserved.
Rose Kennedy

If I ever go missing I’d like my picture put on wine bottles instead of milk cartons. This way my friends will know to look for me.
Unknown

Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge.
Hester Browne

We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.
Russell Brand

Wine makes a man more pleased with himself; I do not say it makes him more pleasing to others.
Samuel Johnson

One-liners

I drink to make other people more interesting.
Ernest Hemmingway

For when the wine is in, the wit is out.
Thomas Becon

What wine goes with Captain Crunch?
George Carlin

Champagne is appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Madeline Puckette

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

Compromises are for relationships, not wine.
Sir Robert Scott Caywood

If a life of wine, women and song becomes too much, give up the singing.
Unknown

In the order named, these are the hardest to control: Wine, Women, and Song.
Franklin P. Adams

The great evil of wine is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty wrestler.
Titus Maccius

I like best the wine drunk at the cost of others.
Diogenes the Cynic

If you walk a mile in my shoes, you’ll end up in a wine bar.
Unknown

The only thing I throwback on Thursday is a glass of wine.
Uknown

It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.
Brian O’Donnell

Ask not what wine has done for you but rather what you are willing to do for some wine.
Unknown

Whether wine is a nourishment, medicine or poison is a matter of dosage.
Paracelsus (Phillip von Hohenheim)

Pliny the Elder wine quote

Quirky wine quotes

If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes.
Scott Lynch

A glass of wine is good for your health… The leftover in the bottle is good for your morale.
Unknown

An empty bottle of wine is better than a filled one. It shows achievement.
Unknown

Sir, I did not count your glasses of wine, why should you number up my cups of tea?
Samuel Johnson

A man, fallen on hard times, sold his art collection but kept his wine cellar. When asked why he did not sell his wine, he said, “A man can live without art, but not without culture.
Unknown

A glass of wine keeps the doctor away; a bottle of wine would keep everyone away. I think I’ll have a bottle.
Unknown

When men drink, then they are rich and successful and win lawsuits and are happy and help their friends. Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.
Aristophanes, Greek playwright

Short wine quotes

Either give me more wine or leave me alone.
Rumi

Wine is life.
Unknown

Life is too short to drink bad wine.
Unknown

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.
Robert Noecker

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is the thinking person’s health drink.
Dr. Phillip Norrie

A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

God made only water, but man-made wine.
Victor Hugo

Compromises are for relationships, not wine.
Sir Robert Scott Caywood

Wine is wont to show the mind of man.
Theognis, Greek poet

If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?
Cardinal Richelieu

Poetry is devil’s wine.
St. Augustine

Wine is a peep-hole on a man.
Alcaeus

In vino veritas (In wine there is truth).
Alcaeus, Greek poet

Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.
Thomas Jefferson

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.
The Koran

It [good wine] should start and end with a smile.
William Sokolin

Go fetch to me a pint o’ wine,
An’ fill it in a silver tassie.
Robert Burns

All worries are less with wine.
Amit Kalantri

Galileo wine quote

Wine lover quotes

I love everything that is old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.
Oliver Goldsmith

A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover.
Clifton Fadiman

Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.
Ernest Hemingway

Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who does not love wine, women, and song
Remains a fool his whole life long.
Johann Heinrich Voss

Wine offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.
Ernest Hemingway

Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the coward flight, drives dull care away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.
Horace

Wine and love

I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.
William Shakespeare

Where there is no wine there is no love.
Euripides, Greek playwright

We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.
Eduardo Galeano

What though youth gave love and roses age still leaves us friends and wine.
Thomas Moore

[Making wine] is like having children; you love them all, but boy, are they different.
Bunny Finkelstein, Judd’s Hill Winery

Wine gives us liberty, love takes it away.
Wine makes us princes, love makes us beggars.
Wycherly

How much better is thy love than wine!
The Song of Solomon

Fill ev’ry glass, for wine inspires us,
And fires us
With courage, love and joy.
Women and wine should life employ.
Is there ought else on earth desirous?
John Gay

Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts.
John Stuart Blackie

Romantic

She loved three things — a joke, a glass of wine, and a handsome man.
W. Somerset Maugham

The first kiss and the first glass of wine are the best.
Marty Rubin

Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye. That’s all we shall know for truth before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, look at you, and sigh.
William Butler Yeats

Memories are like wine. More old they grow, more pleasure giving they become.
Sahil Jain

Famous wine quotes

Wine [is] a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
Benjamin Franklin

Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.
Frank Sinatra

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.
W.C. Fields

In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.
Louis Pasteur

One drop of wine is enough to redden a whole glass of water.
Victor Hugo

It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.
Heraclitus

Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.
Karl Marx

There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don’t think all ecstasies are the same!
Jalaluddin Rumi

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.
Benjamin Franklin

When a man drinks wine at dinner, he begins to be better pleased with himself.
Plato

No nation is drunken where wine is cheap, and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.
Thomas Jefferson

High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.
Mark Twain

Champagne is the wine of civilisation… the oil of government.
Winston Churchill

Wine proverbs

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.
Medieval German saying

With wine and hope, anything is possible.
Spanish proverb

Wine and wenches empty men’s purses.
English Proverb

The best use of bad wine is to drive away poor relations.
French proverb

Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.
Spanish saying

Burgundy for kings, champagne for duchesses, claret for gentlemen.
French Proverb

Wine toasts and cheers

He who clinks his cup with mine, adds a glory to the wine.
George Sterling

To wine—it improves with age. The older I get, the more I like it.

Fill up boys, and drink a bout;
Wine will banish sorrow!
Come, drain the goblet out;
We’ll have more tomorrow.

To wine—those plump grapes’ immortal juice that does this happiness produce!

Here’s to mine and here’s to thine!
Now’s the time to clink it.
Here’s a bottle of fine old wine,
and we’re all here to drink it!

Check out the full list of drinking toasts here.

Inspirational wine quotes

Wine makes all things possible.
George R.R. Martin

Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books.
Stephen Fry

The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.
Thomas Love Peacock

Making good wine is a skill; making fine wine is an art.
Robert Mondavi

The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.
Benjamin Franklin

Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.
Napoleon Bonaparte

One should write not unskillfully in the running hand, be able to sing in a pleasing voice, and keep good time to music; and, lastly, a man should not refuse a little wine when it is pressed upon him.
Yoshida Kenko

Gentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of Champagne.
Paul Claudel

Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory – but so are those of the ballet, or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.
Napoleon

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

Wine lifestyle quotes

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after.
Lord Byron

One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.
Charles Baudelaire

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

One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and one talks about it.
King Edward VII

Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.
André Simon

A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow.
Kathy Mattea

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.
Benjamin Franklin

I was fairly poor but most of my money went for wine and classical music. I loved to mix the two together.
Charles Bukowski

Come quickly! I am tasting stars!
Dom Perignon, upon his first sip of champagne

Wine… the intellectual part of the meal.
Alexandre Dumas

Pinotage has the heart of a lion and the tongue of a woman; after drinking a certain quantity you can talk forever and fight like the devil!
Unknown

When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking.
Alexis Lichine

Wine quotes about life

Wine is life.
Petronius, Roman writer

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
Paulo Coelho

Age appears best in four things: old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.
Francis Bacon

Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.
Michael Broadbent

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.
Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory, but so are those of the ballet or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.
Napoleon

The best way to learn about wine is in the drinking.
Alexis Lichine

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.
Benjamin Franklin

If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.
Clifton Fadiman

Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die.
Julia Child

Some of the most dreadful mischiefs that afflict mankind proceed from wine; it is the cause of disease, quarrels, sedition, idleness, aversion to labor, and every species of domestic disorder.
François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon

Age / birthday wine quotes

You are like a fine wine, you keep getting better with age.
Unknown

Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.
Evelyn Waugh

What though youth gave love and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine.
Thomas Moore

Men are like wine—some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.
Pope John XXIII

Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
Joan Collins

Up to the age of forty eating is beneficial. After forty, drinking.
The Talmud

A man not old, but mellow, like good wine.
Stephen Phillips

I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles.
Bishop of Seville

Wine mood sayings

It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine… it’s summertime!
Kenny Chesney

Wine is not just an object of pleasure, but an object of knowledge; and the pleasure depends on the knowledge.
Roger Scruton

Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.
Alexander Fleming

Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil.
Lord Byron

Wine poetry

His lips drink water
but his heart drinks wine.
E.E. Cummings

I like on the table,
when we’re speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.
Pablo Neruda

Go, little book, and wish to all
flowers in the garden, meat in the hall,
a bin of wine, a spice of wit,
a house with lawns enclosing it,
a living river by the door,
a nightingale in the sycamore!
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine with friends quotes

From wine what sudden friendship springs!
John Gay

Better is old wine than new, and old friends like-wise.
Charles Kingsley

Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.
Michael Broadbent

I serve your Beaune to my friends, but your Volnay I keep for myself.
Voltaire

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one’s present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.
Latin saying

If all be true that I do think,
There are five reasons we should drink:
Good wine – a friend – or being dry –
Or lest we should be by and by –
Or any other reason why.
Henry Aldrich

Wine quotes from literature

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.
Homer, The Odyssey

There is not the hundredth part of the wine consumed in this kingdom that there ought to be. Our foggy climate wants help.
Jane Austen

The wine-cup is the little silver well,
Where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.
William Shakespeare

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.
William Shakespeare, Othello

A man cannot make him laugh—but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine.
William Shakespeare, Henry IV

I am falser than vows made in wine.
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Good wine needs no bush.
William Shakespeare, As You Like It

After-dinner talk
Across the walnuts and the wine.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

The wine was red wine, and had stained the ground of the narrow street in the suburb of Saint Antoine, in Paris, where it was spilled. It had stained many hands, too, and many faces, and many naked feet, and many wooden shoes. The hands of the man who sawed the wood, left red marks on the billets; and the forehead of the woman who nursed her baby, was stained with the stain of the old rag she wound about her head again. Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a night-cap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees—blood.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

From the Bible

Wine… cheereth God and man.
Judges, 9:13

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.
Ecclesiastes 9:7

He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.
Psalms 104:14-15

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red.
Psalms 75:8

Like the best wine… that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
The Song of Solomon, 7:9

From movies, TV

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs

Wine is a grand thing.  It makes you forget all the bad you do.
A Farewell to Arms

My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ‘53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit.
James Bond, Goldfinger

Wine is like people.  The wine takes all the influences in life all around it, it absorbs them, and it gets its personality.
French Kiss

Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.
James Bond, From Russia With Love

Husbands are like wine; they take a long time to mature.
Letters to Juliet

It’s a bold wine with a hint of sophistication and lacking in pretense.  Actually, I was just talking about myself.
French Kiss

Game of Thrones

An unhappy wife is a wine merchant’s best friend.
Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones

That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.
Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Now go drink until it feels like you did the right thing.
Bronn, Game of Thrones

The Office

When I’m at home at night in my own house in my sweats, drinking red wine, watching my mystery stories the last thing in the whole godforsaken world I want to hear is the voice of Michael Scott.
Stanley, The Office

Schitts Creek

Well, hello, who is she and how do we get a mouth full of her?
Moira, Schitts Creek

You’ll appreciate the craftsmanship and quality of a local vintner who brings the musk melon goodness to his oak Chardonnay.
Moira, Schitts Creek

Sex and the City

I save my carbs for wine, it’s called priorities.
Carrie, Sex and the City

My friends enjoy all wine.
Carrie, Sex and the City

Wine captions for Instagram

  • A meal without wine is called breakfast.
  • Love the wine you’re with.
  • With wine and hope, anything is possible.
  • Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.
  • There are many wines that taste great, but do not drink well.
  • Wine is life.
  • Wine is the answer. What was the question?
  • Keep calm and pour on.
  • Wine a little and you’ll feel better.
  • Smile, there’s wine.
  • Wine, because it’s not good to keep things bottled up.
  • You had me at merlot.
  • Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.
  • Today’s forecast: sunny with a chance of wine.
  • You look like I need wine.
  • Sip happens.
  • A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.
  • Life is too short to drink bad wine.
  • Tonight’s forecast: 99 percent chance of wine.
  • A good day starts with coffee and ends with wine.
  • Home is where the wine is.
  • Wine… the intellectual part of the meal.
  • A glass of wine solves everything.
  • Wine a little, laugh a lot.
  • Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
  • It’s wine o’clock somewhere.
  • Wine improves with age – the older I get, the better I like it.

More funny wine captions for social media

  • Save water, drink wine.
  • Love the wine you’re with.
  • Wine brightens the life and thinking of anyone.
  • Time to wine down.
  • It’s wine o’clock!
  • The best way to learn about wine is in the drinking.
  • What do friends and wine have in common? The older, the better.
  • Wine flies when you’re having fun.
  • Love, like wine, gets better with time.
  • You only live once—so drink great wine.
  • Friends and wine… the older, the better.
  • As long as we have wine, family holidays will be fine.
  • Wine not?
  • This home runs on love, laughter, and really good wine.
  • There’s a Riesling for everything.
  • Working nine to wine.
  • Wine is a lifestyle.
  • Let’s go wine tasting on the couch.
  • Wine is my spirit animal.
  • Happiness is a well-stocked wine cabinet and a closet full of shoes.
  • I only drink wine on days that end with a “y.”
  • In dog wine, I’ve only had two glasses.

How to use these wine quotes and sayings

Wine drinkers can share these quotes and sayings at wine parties, weddings, or just enjoy them among friends.

Here are some other ideas you can try:

  • Social media–Post clever captions to social media photos showing your favorite wine.
  • Wine gifts–Include a special quote with your wine gift at birthdays, parties, and house warming events.
  • Kitchen–Use wine quotes as wall art to decorate your favorite rooms.
  • Business signage–Use wine sayings on signage and chalkboards at vineyards and wine tasting rooms.

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