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Great Wine Quotes...

Original post by ChipDWood, Apr 10, 2010.

A thread on another category inspired me to look this one up and write it out, because it's from Ben Franklin.  Who was pretty smart, and woulda been a Snoother had he lived to these days of the internet.  Well before Mr. T. Jefferson went to Paris, Franklin already had a great collection of wine, over a thousand bottles (the biggest percentage of it being that of the White Mousseux ("bubbly") variety, then Bordeaux.

This quote is a response to his French friend Abbe Morellet's accusation that Franklin (and Jefferson alike) had instigated the American Revolution mainly to replace English tea with French wine.  I mean, why not, ya know?  Somethin' to do.  Anyway, here's Franklin's response, which is brilliant:

"You have frequently cheered me, my very dear friend, with your excellent drinking songs.  In return I am going to edify you with a few Christian, moral and philosophical reflections on the same subject.

"'In vino veritas', says the Sage.  The truth is in wine.  Before Noah, therefore, men having only water to drink, became abominably wicked, and were justly exterminated by the water it pleased them to drink.  It is customary to speak of the conversion of water into wine at the Marriage of Cana as a miracle, but by the goodness of God this conversion takes place every day before our eyes.  Water falls from the skies onto our vineyards.  There it penetrates the grapes of the vine and is changed into wine, a continual proof that God loves us and that he likes to see us happy.  The particular miracles at Cana was done merely to perform this operation in a sudden case of need.

"My good brother, be as kindly and well disposed as He, and do not spoil the good work He has done, wine for our rejoicing.  When you see your neighbor at table pour wine into his glass, do not hasten to pour water after it.  Why should you wish to drown the truth?"

Benjamin Franklin, circa 1780 (or so; link to source)

I LOVE the part about the miracle at Cana being performed simply as a "sudden case of need".  Awesome.


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Reply by dmcker, Aug 7, 2010.

“There is, finally, a third class of studies that enfeebles the soul, inflicting on it a grievous wound; for to employ the sense of smell and taste in the dainty appraisal of food, to know how to tell from...what vintage a wine was made, is surely a deplorable culitvation of the soul.”

- Augustine of Hippo, De Quantitate Animae, c.387 AD

 

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 7, 2010.

A correction to one of my quotes above. In my wine-induced, foggy, rusty spontaneity, I combined bios for Ikkyu and Sen no Rikyu. Ikkyu was a zen master of great fame and influence, but the Way of Tea and political activities were Rikyu's, who lived a century later than Ikkyu, during a very unsettled and militarized time in Japanese history.

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Reply by ChipDWood, Aug 8, 2010.

"rusty spontaneity"... I LIKE it.

"This wine exhibits wisps of rusty spontaneity"...

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Reply by ChipDWood, Aug 8, 2010.

"The best way to remember how to pronounce it?  Ok, follow me here:

"Tannat"
"Tannat"
"Tannat Tannat Tannat Tannnat.... Tannaaaaaaaaaat...."
"Tannat Tannat."

...Me ;).

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