10 Iconic Writers On Wine

If there's one thing writers are good at—aside from writing—it's drinking. We've dug up some inspirational, albeit on occasion depressing, quotes  on whiskey, gin, beer, and coffee, from famous writers like Hemingway and Bukowski. Now, swill this in your glass: we've gone full-throttle into the world of our favorite by-product from grapes: wine. Whether it's being hailed as a miracle drink or the catalyst of sin, every writer's experience with wine is unique, romantic, and perfectly destructive. 

1. “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” — Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

2. “My objection to war was not that I had to kill somebody or be killed senselessly, that hardly mattered. What I objected to was to be denied the right to sit in a small room and starve and drink cheap wine and go crazy in my own way and at my own leisure.” — Charles BukowskiSouth of No North

3. “White wine is like electricity. Red wine looks and tastes like a liquified beefsteak.” — James Joyce

4. “High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.” — Mark Twain, Letter to William Dean Howells

5. “There's wisdom in wine, god damn it!' — Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums

6. "Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder." — Aldous Huxley 

7. "Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine." — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

8. “She lived frugally, but her meals were the only things on which she deliberately spent her money. She never compromised on the quality of her groceries, and drank only good-quality wines.” — Haruki Murakami1Q84

9. “Give me wine to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. "God made only water, but man made wine." — Victor HugoLes Contemplations

Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and amends his prior statement: jelly is the greatest by-product from grapes.