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15 Quotes About Wine That Prove National Wine Day Is Necessary

Have you grown tired of saying, "it's 5 o'clock somewhere," when people ask why you have a goblet in your hand? Aside from the solid advice to ignore the haters, you can enjoy your vino without guilt—as Dionysus intended—with some glorious quotes about wine as you ring in National Wine Day on May 25. I mean, you wouldn't celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks or Thanksgiving without a turkey (or Tofurkey, in my case), would you? Then let the nectar of the gods flow freely as you celebrate what is truly one of the best days of the year.

As if anyone really needs an official day or an extensive amount of convincing to indulge in a glass or two of their favorite vintage, but still, May 25 is a wonderful opportunity to savor and appreciate all the finer things in life. In fact, wine serves more functions than just getting a person buzzed. Wine can facilitate conversation, be a shared interest, and even spark new friendships.

So if you or anyone you know needs further proof that National Wine Day is a day completely deserving of our respect and participation, just remember this quote a bartender told me: "The glass isn't half-full or half-empty. You just need a damn refill." Check out these other (and undoubtedly more sophisticated) quotes about wine.

"We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine." — Eduardo Galeano

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Few things can breathe a new sense of life into a person than the spark of romance and a good glass of wine.

“I shall drink no wine before it’s time! OK, it’s time." — Groucho Marx

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They say it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?

“Beer is made by men, wine by God." — Martin Luther

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I mean, if Martin Luther says wine is made by God, then he's probably right.

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Even the founding fathers knew that a glass (or two) of wine can ease tensions.

“A gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow.” — Kathy Mattea

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Truer words have never been spoken.

“His lips drink water, but his heart drinks wine.” — E.E. Cummings

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Think about it. Whether you're nursing heartbreak or celebrating good news, do you reach for a glass of water or wine?

“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.” — Benjamin Franklin

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Well, he's not wrong. It's not like there's a shortage of stars in the universe or anything.

“Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy.”—Alexander Fleming

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Again, if the person who discovered a ground-breaking advancement for health and science is pro-wine, then they probably know a thing or two.

"Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures." — Michael Broadbent

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Can you think of anything better than spending an evening with friends drinking wine and enjoying each other's company?

"Either give me wine or leave me alone." — Rumi

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Some philosophers debate the eternal struggles and ask existential questions. But Rumi just gets it.

"Wine is just a conversation waiting to happen." — Jessica Altieri

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If you are on the shy side, nothing helps ease social situations like a good glass of vino.

"The wine — it made her limbs loose and liquid, made her feel that a hummingbird had taken the place of her heart." — Jodi Picoult

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Girl, you know you know that feeling. Wine is to beverages as Beyoncé is to music: life-giving.

"In wine, there’s truth." — Pliny the Elder

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In case you're not familiar with him, Pliny the Elder was a philosopher who lived in the first century A.D. So even back then, people knew the value of wine.

"Life is too short, and I'm Italian. I'd much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0." — Sophia Bush

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Put this one in the "life goals" category. Sophia Bush has consistently proven how bad-ass she is and her unapologetic love of wine and food just makes her even cooler.

"Wine is bottled poetry." — Robert Louis Stevenson

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You may not actually be an inspiring poet, but that wine bottle says otherwise.