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Views on Wine by Sir Winston Churchill

It’s no secret the Sir Winston Churchill was a massive fan of Pol Roger, claiming to have drunk 42 000 bottles during the course of his lifeime. In fact, his love for this particular brand was such that Pol Roger named a special cuvee after in 1975.

Renowned for his sharp wit, Churchill has some memorable quotes on champagne and wine. Here a selection of some of the best from his time as World War II leader as well as from his political career :

On Champagne:

‘In success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it.’

‘Champagne is the wine of civilisation and the oil of government.’

‘Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for, it’s Champagne.’

‘Meeting [US president] Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of Champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.’

On Wine in general:

‘Dinner would have been splendid…if the wine had been as cold as the soup, the beef as rare as the service, the brandy as old as the fish, and the maid as willing as the Duchess.’

‘Madame, I may be drunk, but you are ugly, and tomorrow I will be sober,’ – reportedly said in the House of Commons to Labour MP Bessie Braddock.

‘I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.’

[Source: Decanter]