"A man who could sit under the shade of his own vine with his wife and his children about him and ripe clusters hanging within their reach in such a climate as this and not feel the highest enjoyment is incapable of happiness."
"A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."
"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil."
"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty."
"Men should drink port, and boys, claret."
"Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker."
"Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world, and one of the natural things that has been brought to the greatest perfection. It offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing that can be purchased."
(When offered a bowl of grapes): "No thank you, I don’t take my wine in pills."
"To make a great wine one needs a madman to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make the wine, and a lover to drink it."
"I believe I have used alcohol more than alcohol has used me."