Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"A man dies too young if he leaves any wine in his cellar"

"Food without wine is a corpse; wine without food is a ghost; united and well matched they are body and soul, living partners."

André Simon, a name that enthusiasms the love of wine and food alone, and needless to say one to take great notice of. He was "the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the grand old man of literate connoisseurship for a further 20 years."

He believed "a man dies too young if he leaves any wine left in his cellar" and left a bottle of Chateau Latour 1945 to be enjoyed on what would have been his 100th birthday in 1977, to his friends. He passed away in 1970 with two bottles of claret left in his personal cellar

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized."

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