13 Oct 2011

Lucky 13: Women Writers about Wine.

"Wine is the refined jewel that only a grown woman will prefer to the sparkling trinkets adored by little girls."
- Muriel Barbery (Gourmet Rhapsody)

"Only a fool tries to reconstruct a bunch of grapes from a bottle of wine."
- Jeanette Winterson (Art & Lies)

"Wine talks; ask anyone. The oracle at the street corner; the uninvited guest at the wedding feast; the holy fool. It ventriloquizes. It has a million voices. It unleashes the tongue, teasing out secrets you never meant to tell, secrets you never even knew. It shouts, rants, whispers. It speaks of great plans, tragic loves, and terrible betrayals. It screams with laughter. It chuckles softly to itself. It weeps in front of its own reflection. It revives summers long past and memories best forgotten. Every bottle a whiff of other times, other places, everyone...a humble miracle"
- Joanne Harris

“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.”
- Colette

"What I do, and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnets from the Portuguese and Other Poems)

"...and I get refill number three or four and the wine is making my bones loose and it's giving my hair a red sheen and my breasts are blooming and my eyes feel sultry and wise and the dress is water."
- Aimee Bender (Willful Creatures: Stories)

"All Creatures know that some must die
That all the rest may take and eat;
Sooner or later, all transform
Their blood to wine, their flesh to meat."
- Margaret Atwood

"I am a connoisseur of fine irony. 'Tis a bit like fine wine, but it has a better bite."
- Lynn Kurland (Princess of the Sword (Nine Kingdoms, #3))

"Language is wine upon the lips."
- Virginia Woolf

My writing is an overflow of the wine glass of my life, not a basin in which I wash out my ideals and expectations."
- C. JoyBell C

"Your divine should not have used water. It just doesn't hold the attention properly. Wine. Or blood, in a pinch. Some liquid that matters."
- Lois McMaster Bujold

"You are trying to lure us into revealing information you're not entitled to? With chocolate and wine? Are you amateurs?"
- Moira J. Moore (Heroes at Odds)

"I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind."
- Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights)

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  1. love the Harris quote...the truth that comes from wine slips out unannounced, unlike the bravado of a glass of scotch...

    reading my first aimee bender (lemon cake) right now, love her!!

  2. The first quote was quite sexy. I had some very good red wine at a dinner party last night and I'd have to say, room for that.

  3. How can you share such sultry wine quotes without handing out samples?
    It's just cruel.

    Lucky for you I have my fav pinot noir on hand. I do love red wine. :)

  4. EcoGrrl: I thought so too; it summarises the experience quite well. =) I haven't read Aimee Bender yet, but the quote made me curious, and so does your confirmation. :-)

    Suze: I love that quote. :-) And nothing like good red wine at a dinner party, except maybe for champagne or scrumptious chocolate desserts. :-)

    L.G.: lol, while reading that 1st paragraph I thought: 'Yeah, right, as if you don't have some on hand,' and lo and behold ... =)

  5. I relate the most to the Colette quote. :)

  6. Wine is always the accepted drink and it's the muse of poets. Good quotes that you've gathered.

  7. Rubye Jack: oh yes, and I'll be able to recycle it for a 'women writers about solitude'. ;-)

    Manzanita: true for wine made of grapes as well as elderflower/elderberry. :-)

  8. A good margarita, a good red wine, I like expensive alcohol, but not a lot of it. I don't like to throw up. -- Denise Richards

  9. Munk: margaritas and wine ... now there's a pair that doesn't mix. :-)

  10. I'm dying for a glass of wine now. Absolutely love the Woolf quote, just perfect.

  11. One of my [many] regrets in this life is that I'm allergic to wine. It makes me sick and that's a real shame because it's such a sociable thing to do.

  12. Julie: mwuhahaa ... (No, I'm not on the wine industry's payroll ;-) )

    Rosalind: oww, my heart goes out to you! I'm glad I added a number of quotes where wine is compared to writing. ;-)
    Do you know what it is in wine you're allergic to?


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