Sommelier's Fine Wine Trio CrateOne of the great things we wine lovers share is the love of words. Toasts, poems, songs, stories and wine quotes punctuate the most memorable wine events and milestones.

“In Vino Veritas.” (In wine, there is truth.) 

One of the best-known quotes in oenophile circles, Pliny the Elder gets the credit for this truism, that wine is indeed a lubricant for honesty and self-reflection. It’s a bit sad that the man who is credited for creating what became the encyclopedia is more remembered for his drinking quote than shifting the course of human knowledge, but who am I to judge?

“Age appears best in four things – old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.”

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Sir Francis Bacon evokes powerful sentiments with his quote about aging. For me, he nails it on three fronts. If I can drink good old wine with good old friends and then read a classic novel in the same weekend, I’ve had a perfect weekend.

Benjamin Franklin often gets most of his credit for his inventions, industriousness and his role in building the United States Constitution and Postal Service. All superlatives of the highest order, to be sure. But he also deserves a smiling head nod as a humorist, as well! His charm leaps off the page with the quote:

“Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine: a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”

Truly this is hard to argue, as we watch grapes emerge from bud break to barrel to bottle each year, with the agricultural and wine-making time capsule that each wine represents.

Sommelier's Four Bottle Fine Wine SelectionTo really “wow” the wine lovers in your life, GiftTree is launching new 3, 4 and 8 (yes, eight)* bottle wine gifts with these quotes emblazoned on the lids of our new custom-made crates. These spirited quotes can be combined with personal messages on the opposite side of the lid, making a truly spectacular and personal wine gift. Every crate contains hand-selected bottles from our luxury wine cellar. Among these are some of the most well recognized fine wines in the world including, Dom Pérignon, Caymus Special Selection, Opus One and Silver Oak. If you want to say a huge thank you, honor a deal or make a huge impression, the GiftTree Sommeliers Crates will never be forgotten.

A Toast to Old Friends Near & Far,




* I’m writing another blog about the Lucky 8 Crate, so look for more soon!