Behold the rain which descends on Sonoma County, California.
Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach
Who please, the more because they preach in vain,—
Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after. – Lord Byron, Don Juan
Some mirth and laughter may have been had in the barrel room at the aptly named Merryvale Vineyards in California. Sermons? Not so much, maybe.
Give me a bowl of wine; In this I bury all unkindness. – William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar
You could bury a lot of unkindness at this New Orleans shop.
Call things by their right names: Glass of brandy and water! That is the current, but not the appropriate name; ask for a glass of liquid fire and distilled damnation. – Robert Hall (minister)
Concord grapes grown in Upstate New York are used for both distilled damnation and non-alcoholic drinks like grape juice.
Once, in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days. – W. C. Fields
Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. – Proverbs 31
Napa Valley AVA, in California, site of several of the 2017 Northern California wildfires. Wishing sincere solace for those who endured that misery.