'Toasts & Quotes'

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Toasts & Quotes: Hemingway on Wine

“This wine is too good for toast-making, my dear.

You don’t want to mix emotions up with a wine like that.

You lose the taste.”

~ Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961), American author, journalist and bon vivant.

Toasts & Quotes: André Tchelistcheff on Pinot Noir

“God made Cabernet.

The Devil made Pinot Noir”

~ André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994), early pioneer, innovator and evangelist for California wine, on the challenges inherent in making Pinot Noir.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to André, a tireless mentor to young talent, many of whom are now pillars of our contemporary wine industry.  Were it not for André, and a handful of others, California wines would have wallowed in the shadows of Prohibition for decades longer than they did!

Toast & Quotes: Somerset Maugham on Excess

“Excess on occasion is exhilerating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”

~ Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965), popular English playwright, novelist and short story author.

Quote contributed by Patrick Finerty, CA

Toasts & Quotes: Drinking Wine All Day

“You can’t drink wine all day… if you don’t start first thing in the morning.”

~ Dan Burke,
Founder Gemelli Wine & Spirits

Toasts & Quotes: Thomas Aquinas on Wine and Sorrow

“Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.”

~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian Dominican Priest, 1225 – 1274, whose image shown here is one I chose as it appears that he is holding a glass of wine!
Quote Submitted by Dr. Debra Maddox, FL

Toasts & Quotes: Terry Theise, Thoughts on Wine

“The best wines are those that take you through themselves and out into another world that you could not have gotten to on your own. Great wine has a strange subterranean current of beauty. It is not something you can summon from a wine; but a great wine can take you there.”

~ Terry Theise, wine importer

…”But to love wine, preferences have to remain fluid. You have to be able to respond spontaneously to new stimulus, to absorb new evidence. Each new wine demands open eyes to be individually seen. In Zen there’s a saying: ‘Truth means that all ravens are black, until you see a white raven.’  Wine is, in fact, a lovely means of training ourselves to examine a question from all angles and resist precepts. What we can’t do is establish a single matrix whereby wines are either acceptable or unacceptable. If we do that, we stop not only thinking; we stop experiencing. And that would most certainly defeat the purpose of wine.”

~ Terry Theise, wine importer

Toasts & Quotes: Socrates on Marriage

“By all means marry. If you get a good wife [spouse], you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher”

~ Socrates (c469 BC–399 BC), Greek Athenian Philosopher and a founder of Western Philosophy  (whose difficult marriage encouraged him to sharpen his debating skills instead of spending time at home!)  A note to those who may choose to use this quote – I recommend toasting with one of my wines, instead of the hemlock.  Otherwise, you’ll be debating Socrates by morning.

Toasts & Quotes: Tallulah Bankhead on Purity

“I’m as pure as the driven slush”

~ Tallulah Bankhead (1902 – 1968), American actress, early talk show host, bon vivant…

Quote submitted by Daniel Barnes, California

Toasts & Quotes: Bill Gates on Success

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

~ Bill Gates (1955 – ?), American computer entrepreneur, billionaire and philanthropist.

Toasts & Quotes: Bad Economic Times

“The drinking will continue until the economy improves!”

~ From the back of an Unknown Jogger in the 2011 Big Sur Marathon (sorry about the blurred image – she and I were both jogging at the time!)

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