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Wine Toasts

To wine. It improves with age-the older I get, the more I like it.

God, in his goodness, sent the grapes
To cheer both great and small;
Little fools will drink too much,
And great fools none at all.

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry. -Ecclesiastes 10:19

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake. - 1 Timothy 5:23

Give…wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. -Proverbs 31:6

Wine nourishes, refreshes and cheers. Wine is the foremost of medicines . . . wherever wine is lacking, medicines be­come necessary. -The Talmud

Wine maketh glad the hearts of man. -Psalms 104: 15

Wine, which cheereth gods and men. -Judges 9:13

I'm partial to the logic of James Howell who once said,
Good wine makes good blood;
Good blood causeth good humors;
Good humors cause good thoughts;
Good thoughts bring forth good works;
Good works carry a man to heaven.
Ergo: Good wine carrieth a man to heaven.

To quote George Sterling,
"He who clinks his cup with mine,
Adds a glory to the wine."

Wine and women-may we always have a taste for both.

To women and wine-both are sweet poison.

'Tis a pity," said Lord Byron,
"Wine should be so deleterious,
For tea and coffee leave us much more serious."

Here's to wine, wit, and wisdom:
Wine enough to sharpen wit,
Wit enough to give zest to wine,
Wisdom enough to "shut down" at the right time.

The best wine ... goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. - Song of Solomon 7:9

Wine was created from the beginning to make men joyful, and not to make men drunk. Wine drunk with moderation is the joy of the soul and the heart. -Ecclesiasticus 31:27-28

In the words of Jonathan Swift, "This wine should be eaten, it is too good to be drunk."

To wine-those plump grapes' immortal juice
That does this happiness produce.

"This bottle's the sun of our table.
Its beams are rosy wine;
We, planets that are not able
Without its help to shine."
-Richard Brinsley Sheridan

To wine-may those who use it never abuse it.

Then fill the cup, fill high! fill high!
Nor spare the rosy wine,
If death be in the cup, we'll die -
­Such death would be divine."
-James Russell Lowell

Here's to the red and sparkling wine,
I'll be your sweetheart, if you'll be mine,
I'll be constant, I'll be true,
I'll leave my happy home for you.

Fill up boys, and drink a bout;
Wine will banish sorrow!
Come, drain the goblet out;
We'll have more tomorrow!

Wine, to strengthen friendship and light the flame of love.

Give me a bowl of wine-in this I bury all unkindness." -Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
For I would have to pawn my watch
If you should drink more wine

To grape expectations.

God made man,
Frail as a bubble.
God made love,
Love made trouble.
God made the vine,
Was it a sin
That man made wine
To drown trouble in?
- Oliver Herford

Here's to the man
Who owns the land
That bears the grapes
That make the wine
That tastes as good
As this does.

Here's to mine and here's to thine!
Now's the time to clink it!
Here's a bottle of fine old wine,
And we're all here to drink it

Here's to old wine and young women.


- , Editor, Etiquette Scholar

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