Words of Wine Wisdom…and Otherwise

Every month in The Grapevine, the official publication of the wine clubs of Vinesse, we feature a wine-related quote.

It may be insightful. It may be humorous. It may be ironic.

The only “requirement” is that it must be interesting. And since I’m the editor of The Grapevine, I get to determine what’s interesting. Such power…

For those who don’t read The Grapevine (shame on you!), I thought I’d share some of the more, ahem, interesting quotes from recent issues.

You can decide whether they’re insightful…humorous…ironic…or perhaps something else!

Here we go…

“I remembered my band tours in Europe, riding the bus through rural France and Spain, sitting up by the front window looking out at vineyards. And I looked at the terrain here and I thought, ‘I could do that.’”
— Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool, on why he decided to plant a vineyard in Jerome, Ariz. Source: Sunset magazine

“Red wine and chocolate! And people insist on it. It’s like, ‘OK, I’ve decided I want to rub sandpaper on my face.’ It’s that bad.”
— Drew Hendricks of Pappas Restaurants in Houston, asked by Food & Wine magazine to describe his No. 1 “nightmare pairing.” Note: A good many sommeliers strongly disagree.

“The wines I made in the past were picked riper, but they didn’t evolve well over time. That got to me.”
— Wells Guthrie, vintner for Copain Wines in California’s Sonoma County, quoted in Sunset magazine regarding his style of winemaking that now stresses lower alcohol and higher acidity levels.

“In water, one sees one’s own face. But in wine, one beholds the heart of another.”
— French proverb

“We believe we can control nature, but the only thing we can do is go with the flow. It’s like riding a horse: You can never be as strong as a horse.”
— Sicilian winemaker Ciro Biondi, whose family has been making wine on Mount Etna since the 1800s. Source: Food & Wine magazine

“I use it for my sangria!”
— The owner of the Simple Chai bar in Nanjing, China, when asked what he does with the Chinese wine that he stocks. He added that most Chinese drinkers prefer wines from France, Chile, Australia or South Africa. Source: Los Angeles Times

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