Wine: An Inspirational Topic Through the Centuries

So much has been pondered, spoken and written through the centuries about wine.

That’s because wine is inspirational. That makes it unusual among things that we consume, most of which is for sustenance. While wine includes certain qualities associated with a healthy lifestyle, it’s primarily intended for pure enjoyment.

Much like chocolate, which also can be inspirational.

Entire books have been devoted to observations about wine. Here are a few of those observations, encompassing parts of 14 centuries…

* This is credited to the Bishop of Seville, circa the 7th century:

 “I have enjoyed great health at a great age because every day since I can remember, I have
consumed a bottle of wine, except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles.”

Observed Clifton Fadiman, host of the radio program, “Information Please,” which concluded a 14-year run in 1952:

“If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul.”

Napoleon, demonstrating knowledge of things other than war:

“Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory, but so are those of the ballet or of a
musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.”

And finally, former New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, in a rather philosophic moment:

“I am certain that the good Lord never intended grapes to be made into grape jelly.”

Mayor La Guardia’s comment is somewhat confounding, considering New York is the second-largest producer of Concord grapes — the type coveted for grape jelly and rarely used for making wine.

But we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and presume he was speaking of Riesling…

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