O Mother Ganga, may your water , abundant blessing of the world , treasure of Lord Shiva, playful lord of all earth , essence of the scriptures and embodied goodness of the gods , May your water, sublime wine of immortality, soothe our troubled souls.Jagannatha in "Ganga Lahiri" quoted by Eck in the essay “Ganga: The Goddess Ganges in the Hindu sacred geography”, p.137
In vino veritas. (In wine, there is the truth).Pliny the Elder.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 104Bible (Old Testament)
Good wine needs no bush.It was customary since early times to hang a grapevine, ivy or other greenery over the door of a tavern or way stop to advertise the availability of drink within.
There is a jewel which no Indian mines can buy, No chymic art can counterfeit; It makes men rich in greatest poverty, Makes water wine; turns wooden cups to gold; The homely whistle to sweet music's strain, Seldom it comes; to few from Heaven sent, That much in little, all in naught, Content.John Wilbye, Madrigales, There Is a Jewel.
Everything about Florence seems to be coloured with a mild violet, like diluted wine.Letter to Henry James Sr. (26 October 1869)