in vino veritas


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in vino veritas

A Latin phrase meaning "in wine, there is truth," alluding to how people are said to be more truthful or open when they are intoxicated. Whenever I need to get the truth out of someone, I just open a bottle of wine—in vino veritas, it works every time!

in vino veritas

Drunks speak the truth. This Latin expression, literally “In wine [is] truth,” was already used by the ancient Greeks and probably survived so long in the Latin form because Erasmus in his widely circulated Adagia so rendered it. There are versions in numerous languages. The cliché is heard less often nowadays, but as the study of Latin is slowly reviving it may surface more often.
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The new In Vino Veritas tablecloth means that spilling a glass of red wine can be an artistic event rather than the cause of red faces," The Telegraph quoted Louise Sellwood, the cookshop and dining buying manager at Selfridges, as saying.
The virtual winery is owned by three Simi Valley couples, the Simonsgaards, Stewarts and Noonans, who source grapes from premium California growing regions and produce the wine at Paso Robles' In Vino Veritas custom crush.
They also do the Austrian-made In Vino Veritas glasses which are all one piece of glass as opposed to most glasses that have the stems attached.
But to declare that the drunken, out-of-control man is the true man--or "in vino veritas," as the Latin tag goes--is simplistic hooey.
'Cos you're an actress, aintcha?' "Seventeen bottles of wine later, which in all probability necessitated a large overdraft at his bank, conversation began to get more than spirited until in vino veritas one wag remarked, 'I knew you would look good but didn't realise your husband would be so f*** handsome'.
In Vino Veritas, by Gabor Vas and Tivadar Meszaros.
El mito del buen borracho, difundido hasta la saciedad en tangos, boleros y canciones rancheras, tiene su origen mas remoto en el refran latino in vino veritas, que algunos bebedores semiletrados invocan como argumento de autoridad en las discusiones con el enemigo, para revestir su causa con el prestigio de una lengua muerta.
If indeed in vino veritas, then new wines must bear new truths.