Toasts & Quotes: Italian Drinking Quote

“In Italy, drinking is all about the life around you. The bar is about friends. The drinks are never the lead character, but rather good companions to the flavors on the tongue and on the mind.” ~ Massimo D’Addezio, Bar Manager at Hotel de Russie, Rome

Toast / Quote from Fat, Forty and Fired

“The reality of the society we’re in is that there are thousands and thousands of people who are living lives of quiet desperation, where they work long hard hours in jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.” Nigel Marsh, author of “Fat, Forty and […]

Toasts & Quotes: James Baldwin on the Ugly Side

“The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side.“ ~ James Baldwin, American writer and civil rights activist (This quote strikes me as particularly appropriate for consideration by anyone with starry-eyed dreams about the wine business.   Research first!  D.C.)

Toasts & Quotes: Ernest Hemmingway on Drinking

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.“ ~ Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961), American writer, short story author, adventurer, and drinker.  This quote reminds me of his advice to “write drunk, edit sober”.

Toasts & Quotes: Frank Sinatra on Love Your Enemy

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy. But the Bible says love your enemy.“ ~ Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998), American crooner, drinker, actor and Vegas icon.  Along with Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Junior, “Ol’ Blue Eyes” made up the Brat Pack.

Toasts & Quotes: Dylan Thomas on Alcoholics

“An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.“ ~ Dylan Thomas (1914 – 1953), Welsh poet and author.  Americans came to know him almost as much for his beguiling readings as for his writings, as he often performed on U.S. radio and film.  Among his many credits is his poem to his dying […]

Toasts & Quotes: W.C. Fields on Women and Drinking

“A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.“ ~ W.C. Fields (1880 – 1946), U.S. Comedian, actor and professional curmudgeon.   This image (left) by Al Hirschfeld features Field’s prominent proboscis as well as his ever-present glass of something.  Click the image to learn more about this artist, whose […]