Toasts & Quotes: Italian Drinking Quote

hotel russie barman massimo d'addezioIn 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

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: 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 father “Do not go gentle into that good night”, written in 1951 just two years before his own untimely death.

Toasts & Quotes: Oscar Wilde on Work

Oscar Wilde - quote on drinking“Work is the curse of the drinking class.”

~ Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) – An Irish writer and poet who loved little more than poking at the prevailing paradigm!  An untimely death in his 40’s robbed the world of a more extensive library of his work.