Updated: Jul 6, 2020
Let’s celebrate women in wine during this month dedicated to women with some classy wine quotes from some classy women!
I’ve assembled some quotes from women who have been inspired by wine in one way or another. These women critique the wine, write about it, cook with it, or just plain enjoy it. The one thing that is clear, they are drawn to wine as more than a passing fancy. Their inspiration for wine is apparent in these quotes they’ve shared.
Quotes from Women Who Write about Wine
How is wine like your wardrobe? Leslie Sbrocco, Wine Expert, makes some fun comparisons that really ring true.
“Chardonnay: Wine’s basic black. What’s not to love about black? It’s classy, slimming – and you keep buying more…”
“Sauvignon Blanc: The crisp white shirt. An impeccably pressed white shirt under a jacket or atop a pair of jeans is the fashion equivalent of Sauvignon Blanc. ”
“Pinot Noir: Sexy Satin. Pinot Noir is my favorite red. It’s silky, sleek, sexy – the same feeling you get when slipping into a satin nightgown.”
- Leslie Sbrocco, Wine Expert, lesliesbrocco.com
Kirsten Georgi is The Armchair Sommelier. She started blogging because of her love of wine.
“I fell in love with wine over a quarter-century ago (wait, that makes me sound really old, let’s just go with over 2o years ago), and I have never fallen out of love. Every bottle of wine (even the pink one that tastes like Capri-Sun) is an opportunity to learn something. But wine is only part of the learning. Along the way, wine gets tangled up with history, geography, culture, literature, language, art, chemistry (I don’t tangle with chemistry very often – chemistry scares me), geology, photography. The tangle and the learning are endless.”
- Kirsten Georgi, The Armchair Sommelier blog
Quotes from a Female Wine Critic
Jancis Robinson is a British wine critic and writer. She is a Master of Wine which is an extremely challenging designation to achieve.
“We all have very different sensitivities (and preferences – quite different from what we happen to be able to taste easily) so it’s very unlikely that two tasters experience exactly the same sensations when they smell a wine. This is why there are no absolutes in wine tasting. No-one can accuse you of being wrong in your opinion of a wine.“
“I’ve always been impressed by Washington State merlot. It just sort of jumped out of the glass at me…You just feel this is right: this is not an attempt at something, this is something.”
- Jancis Robinson, British Wine Critic and Wine Writer, jancisrobinson.com
Quotes about Wine from a Female Chef
You may have heard of Julia Child. After working for Secret Intelligence during WWII, she found her calling in French Cuisine. And with French cuisine, of course, there’s wine!
“Wine is meant to be with food—that’s the point of it.”
“I’d never really drunk good wine before, and knew nothing at all about it. It was simply a whole new life experience.”
“Just like becoming an expert in wine—you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford—you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious.”
“Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age and death. When not treated with reasonable respect, it will sicken and die.”
"In France, Paul (Julia’s Husband) explained, good cooking was regarded as a combination of national sport and high art, and wine was always served with lunch and dinner. ‘The trick is moderation,’ he said.”
- Julia Child, American Celebrity Chef
Quotes about Wine from Women in Literature
These female authors from long ago to current day were all enchanted by wine.
“Language is wine upon the lips.” – Virginia Woolf, English Modernist Author
“What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English Poet of the Victorian Era
“Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.” – Judith Viorst, American Writer
“Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.” – Gina Barreca, American Academic and Humorist
“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.” ― Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, French author nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature in 1948
“I should say upfront that I have never been in a cellar in my life. In fact, I can see no reason why anyone should ever go into a cellar unless there is wine involved.” ― Rachel Hawkins, American Author
“If your arteries are good, eat more ice cream. If they are bad, drink more red wine. Proceed thusly.” ― Sandra Byrd, American Author
“The wine- it made her limbs loose and liquid, made her feel that a hummingbird had taken the place of her heart.” ― Jodi Picoult, American Author
“There must be always wine and fellowship or we are truly lost.” – Ann Fairbairn, American Author
“Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does – except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.” – Abigail Van Buren, Advice Columnist of Dear Abby
Quotes about Wine from Female Celebrities
A few celebrities and their take on wine.
“Never, never trust anyone who asks for white wine. It means they’re phonies.” – Bette Davis, American Actress
“Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I am tired.” – Brigitte Bardot, French Actress
“Whenever I drink champagne I either laugh or cry…I get so emotional! I love champagne.” – Tina Turner, American Singer
“You are at the mercy of your crop, and I love that. Though, we are telling a story. Every bottle has a story, and when you sit down and drink it, you feel connected to that story.” – Kate Hudson, American Actress
Quote from an interview with Wine Enthusiast about Husdon Bellamy Wines.
Women in History and Wine
Throughout the ages, women from all walks of life have been enchanted by wine. Raise a glass to celebrate women this month and all of the contributions they’ve made to the world…including wine!