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Wine quotes: who said what, when, where, why and how?

Posted by dmcker, Jun 4.

OK, quiz time. Thought I'd start a challenge where we can throw quotes out at the group, which has to then guess attribution. Who said it, and if possible when, why, etc.?

Hints are allowed, even preferred. Person who gets the attribution right then gets to offer up their query.

This would've been a lot more fun 20 yrs ago before the web. So yeah, I need to say it. Going straight to Google is cheating...  ;-)

 

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

First challenge. Will give three hints: well known in the industry, controversial, Italian.

 

“Cabernet is to John Wayne, as Nebbiolo is to Marcello Mastroianni. Cabernet has a strong personality, open, easily understood and dominating. If Cabernet were a man, he would do his duty every night in the bedroom, but always in the same way. Nebbiolo, on the other hand, would be the brooding, quiet man in the corner, harder to understand but infinitely more complex.”

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 4.

Angelo Gaja

Not sure when it was said, but how about a Wine Spectator interview about 5 years ago?

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

Got it in one, even to the where and when.  Obviously that was too easy.  ;-)

Your turn to throw a quote out there, JD.

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 4.

"Although it's often described as the grape of the sensualists, owing to its peculiar blend of the earthy and the ethereal, Pinot Noir sometimes seems better suited to the care of psychiatrists than winemakers".

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

Good one, DV. Has bite, but nowhere near as widely distributed as the Gaja quote above.

Obviously someone who's familiar with the Manhattan zeitgeist. ;-)  Perhaps works for WSJ nowadays, but not when she made that quote? I first saw it towards the end of the naughties around the time of the Lehman-shock bloodletting. See if anyone else can come up with her name...

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Reply by outthere, Jun 4.

My first guess was Jancis. Was I right?

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jun 4.

SNL skit, perhaps from 2005?

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

OK, we're getting some participation here!

My vote goes for Lettie Teague. Sometime 2007ish?

If I'm correct, I've got another easy quote to throw out, but need DV to wave his scepter...

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 4.

Hahaha....yes DM, you're correct.  It must be older than 2000.  I have a book called "The Quotable Wine Lover".  Some great stuff in it!  I should just volunteer to post a quote of the day.  I have wielded the Mace of Snooth, you're free to confound us!

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 4.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

OK, time to up the ante: multiple quotes at once. How about a baker's dozen?

Some poets, authors, philosophers and bon vivants (oh, and one Pope):

  1. "Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye; that's all we shall know for truth before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and sigh."
  2. "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou, under the bough..."
  3. "O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil."
  4. “his lips drink water, but his heart drinks wine” 
  5. “One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you choose. But get drunk.” 
  6. "A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine"
  7. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” 
  8. "To buy very good wine nowadays requires only money. To serve it to your guests is a sign of fatigue."
  9. "Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they're phonies."
  10. “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
  11. "Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age."
  12. "Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine."
  13. "I learned early to drink beer, wine and whiskey. And I think I was about 5 when I first chewed tobacco."


 

 

 

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Reply by dvogler, Jun 4.

#1 is Yeats, 2: Omar Rubaiyat  3: Shakespeare (Othello), 4: EE Cummings 5: Chuck Baudelaire

6: Hemmingway 7: Ditto 

8: Bill Buckley Jr  9: (my favourite) Bette Davis  10: WC Fields  11:  Pope John 23rd  12: Tommy Aquinas

13:  Babe Ruth

You know, the first couple I actually toiled through my quote book, but Google is so much easier.  I'm comfortable with my level of general knowledge and endeavour to read as much as possible.  I love Jeopardy.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

"You know, the first couple I actually toiled through my quote book, but Google is so much easier.  I'm comfortable with my level of general knowledge and endeavour to read as much as possible.  I love Jeopardy."

 

As I said in my OP, this would be a lot more challenging without Google. Ideally need to be doing this face-to-face as a parlor game with no mobile devices allowed! 

That's the Burton translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, for no. 2--a book that fascinated me back in Jr. High. Which probably explains large portions of my later life....

'Tommy' Aquinas, is it?  'Chuck' Baudelaire I can almost see, but 'Tommy'??  ;-)

 

Your turn.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 4.

I liked the Yeats quote quite a bit...did not know any of those.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4.

 

"I liked the Yeats quote quite a bit...did not know any of those."

 

Check my Snooth profile--the quote's been there since I joined.

 

Actually, JD, think it's your turn next to offer up a quote...

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 5.

Oh holy hell... ok, I'll bite:

10. is W.C. Fields

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 5.

We should do some funny ones... from movies? 

Feels like a convo with Frasier and Niles Crane!

 

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 5.

"We should do some funny ones... from movies?"

 

All ears and eyes over here. Bring it on, NG!

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Reply by EMark, Jun 5.

I do not understand #8.  If Darren's answers are correct, I know why.

I would have guessed Julia Child for #10.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 5.

"I do not understand #8."

If you ever read or listened to much Bill Buckley you would. Not much interested in indiscriminately spreading warmth and cheer to all of humanity. Ayn Rand had nothing on him....

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