10 popular sayings inspired by wine

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We’re always talking about wine. It comes up every day, far more than we might even realize—whether we prefer white or organic wines, whether the 2009 vintage of such-and-such wine is better than the 2011… Everyone talks about wine. Philosophers, thinkers, writers and politicians all have a few famous wine quotes up their sleeve. But what about in popular culture? Here wine comes up a lot too. We’ve picked 10 wine-inspired sayings to demonstrate just how widespread these references are. As you can see, wine relates to many areas of our daily lives, especially where food is concerned.

  • Life is too short to drink bad wine. A saying that reminds us to make good use of our time on this earth and not waste it on unpleasant things like bad wine.
  • You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine, and that’s kind of the same thing. A twist on a piece of popular wisdom, implying that wine brings happiness to those who drink it.
  • Wine a little, laugh a lot. A reference to how a glass or two of wine leads to general merriment.
  • Love the wine you’re with. A twist on the pop song Love the One You’re With, encouraging you not to pine for absent wines, but enjoy the one in your glass.
  • The best wines are the ones we drink with friends. A saying about how the company, occasion and conversations are what make a wine truly enjoyable and memorable.
  • Save water, drink wine. A little environmental awareness joke that doubles as encouragement to drink wine.
  • A meal without wine is called breakfast. Implying that every other meal is best enjoyed with wine.
  • Wine…because no great story started with someone eating a salad. The saying implies that wine leads to exciting experiences, the kind worth telling a story about afterwards.
  • Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it. A play on a bit of wine wisdom, which points out that it isn’t just the wine, but our ability to appreciate it that improves with age.
  • It’s always wine o’clock. Any time is a good time to enjoy wine.

If you’re curious about wine sayings in Catalan or Spanish, click on the language tab to see an adapted version of this post.

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