Our favorite quotes about the world of food and wine

by Redazione Fine Taste

We've been wanting to dedicate a blog to this topic for some time. Each of us has our favorite aphorisms, quotes that we love and that recur with a certain frequency in our speeches; they serve to emphasize a concept, to justify a certain position or to consolidate a point of view. How many times, reading a book or watching a film, have we made our own sentences that struck us and with which we fully found ourselves.

What we have done in the last few days is to limit our scope to the world of food and wine and select what, in our opinion, are the phrases that we like most and that best represent our philosophy and our vision. A long process of screening on the web, thousands of quotes and aphorisms read, an initial selection, further screening and, finally, the final choice.

You can find the fruit of our work below: we have deliberately not given a precise order or tried to divide the quotes by specific topics. We present them to you in no particular order, confident that their depth, their irony and their philosophy will strike you as much as they surprised us.

Enjoy the reading

“They say that appetite comes from eating, but in reality it comes from fasting!” (Toto)

“Wine is sunlight held together by water." (Galileo Galilei)

“I can't stand people who don't take food seriously.” (Oscar Wilde)

“Here, men should be born happier and more joyful than elsewhere, and therefore I believe that much happiness goes to men who are born where good wines are found…” (Leonardo de Vinci)

“Enthusiasm is to life what hunger is to food.” (Bertrand Russel)

“A meal without wine is like a day without sun.” (Anthelme Brillat-Savarin)

“Strength is being able to break a bar of chocolate in four with your bare hands − and then eating just one square.” (Judith Viorst)

“The only weapon I tolerate is a corkscrew.” (Jean Carmet)

“I have very simple tastes; I'm always satisfied with the best." (Oscar Wilde)

“If it goes out of its way to make you happy, it's a pizza.” (Anonymous)

“Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” (Hippocrates)

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if he has not eaten well” (Virginia Woolf)

“Wine, especially in Italy, is the poetry of the earth.” (Mario Soldati)

“The best things in life are either immoral, or illegal, or they make you fat” (George Bernard Shaw)

“Eating is incorporating a territory” (Jean Brunhes)

“True connoisseurs don't drink wine: they taste secrets.” (Salvador Dalí)

“Eating is a necessity. Eating intelligently is an art” (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

“A good wine is like a good film: it lasts an instant and leaves a taste of glory in your mouth; it is new with every sip and, as happens with films, it is born and reborn in each taster.” (Federico Fellini)

“When you wake up in the morning [...] if you immediately feel the need for food it is a certain indication of good health and a prediction of a long life” (Pellegrino Artusi)

“Wine is the most certain, and (without comparison) the most effective consoler.” (Giacomo Leopardi)

“I brought to my lips a teaspoon of tea, in which I had soaked a piece of madeleine. But the very moment that sip mixed with biscuit crumbs touched my palate, I jumped, attentive to what was extraordinary happening within me." (Marcel Proust)

“Drinking wine is drinking genius.” (Charles Baudelaire)

“I need to know the history of a food. I need to know where it comes from. I have to imagine the hands that have grown, worked and cooked what I eat". (Carlo Petrini)

"Let food be your medicine and medicine your food" (Hippocrates)

“Wine is bottled poetry.” (Robert Louis Stevenson)

“In life, there are times when you really need to eat something good. And in those moments, depending on whether one enters a good restaurant or not, existence can take a completely different course. It's like falling from this or that side of a wall.” (Haruki Murakami)

“Some never go crazy. Their wines must be really boring.” (Charles Bukowski)

“Have you ever taken a serious stand in life?” "Yes, as a child I refused spinach" (Woody Allen)

"We don't know of anyone who managed to seduce with what they offered to eat, but there is a long list of those who seduced by explaining what they were about to eat" (Manuel Vàzquez Montalbàn)

"One is a gourdmand as one is an artist or a poet" (Guy de Maupassant)

“You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.” (Paul Prudhomme)

“There is no more sincere love than that for food.” (George Bernard Shaw)