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->'''Frasier''': The wine shop is down to their last two cases of the '82 Chambolle-Musigny. Why don't you dash right down before someone snaps them up?\\
'''Niles''': You know very well that in 1982 there was a drought in Bourgogne. The locals dubbed it the Year of the Raisin.
-->-- ''Series/{{Frasier}}''

Whenever a character is shown drinking wine, it's usually a good sign that person is high class or sophisticated (or trying to come off as such), especially if the wine comes from their special private stock. The connotations of this can vary depending on the person. For protagonists, wine knowledge can show that the character is an OfficerAndAGentleman or a GentlemanAndAScholar, and serves to make the character look more worldly and refined. For villains, wine features prominently in introducing a ManOfWealthAndTaste, often sporting AGlassOfChianti. Either way, wine drinkers will almost always be {{Blue Blood}}s or obsessive snobs who take it [[SeriousBusiness way too seriously]]. They'll consider it a ''blasphemy'' to drink white wine with beef or red wine with fish, pork, or poultry (a "true" wine connoisseur knows its the other way around). Expect to hear SommelierSpeak.

This trope varies widely by culture. In most of Western Europe, particularly in the south, wine is viewed as a fairly mundane and commonplace beverage (to the point where wine is served in [=McDonalds=]), particularly in countries with a strong wine-making tradition like Spain, France, and Italy.

In the new world, wine making is a relatively recent phenomenon, and its association with the old world gave it some elitist connotations. While this has lessened, beer is still viewed as the primary "pedestrian" drink, while wine is still associated with the upper classes, whether it be old money {{Socialite}}s or [[StrawmanPolitical "liberal elitists"]].

Wine has yet to gain the same degree of popularity as beer and sake in the East, but red wine is becoming increasingly popular among the middle class in China due to this trope. China is one of the top ten largest wine producing countries in the world, though nearly all of it is produced for domestic consumption, and so has yet to gain the same sort of international reputation as major producers like France and Italy. That said, Chinese wine-drinkers have some... odd... ideas about [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-13284481 what to do with their wine.]]

A SubTrope of DrinkOrder. Compare FoodPorn, FrothyMugsOfWater (when substituted with "grape juice" for the kids), ExpensiveGlassOfCrap (for when someone tries to pass off cheap wine as the good stuff), FrenchCuisineIsHaughty (if the wine is French), SmokingIsGlamorous.

A SisterTrope to AGlassOfChianti, wherein a villainous character is putting on airs of being classy, either as part of their persona, or for a disguise, by drinking wine. How well this works depends on what they're having, what food accompanies it, and how well other characters know wine and food. Also to LuxuriousLiquor, where expensive alcohol is used as shorthand for free wealth.

This trope can also be {{inver|sion}}ted by "bum wines", which are the wine counterpart to ATankardOfMooseUrine, but these are much rarer in fiction (despite their ubiquity on store shelves the world over).



* Deconstructed in a PSA about drunk driving. One man (dressed in a white shirt and tie) is shown driving around in a Prius filled with wine. Another man (dressed like a "good ol' boy") is shown driving around in a pick-up truck with a cab filled with beer. Both get pulled over by the cops and asked "Sir, have you been drinking?" even as their beverage of choice spills out the window.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'': Such "grape juice" is a favorite drink of Lumiere's.
* The manga ''Manga/KamiNoShizuku (The Drops Of God)'' revolves around the wine community. One story arc features a pair of brothers with [[SlobsVersusSnobs dueling wine stores]], one fully embraces this trope and stocks mainly high class French wines, while the other mainly looks for bargain-price every day wines. The manga is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for creating a renewed surge of interest in wine in Japan. Thanks to the miracle of internet wine ordering, thousands of Japanese people are treated to a charismatic character's opinion of a specific wine and can then go and order those very wines and taste them for themselves. [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/22/french-winemaker-vintage-manga-cartoon Some winemakers found their orders from Japan doubling or even tripling.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Pegasus was almost always shown with [[AGlassOfChianti a glass of red wine]], but in the English dub, they changed it to "[[FrothyMugsOfWater the world's finest fruit juices]]".
** It's called wine in [[Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight the movie]], however. Specifically, he drinks wine spritzers.
** [[BigBad Rex Godwin]] drank red wine, but not as often as Pegasus. (Being one of the bigwigs of the Neo Domino city government, he was certainly "classy".)
* In ''Manga/MirumoDePon'', Murumo is occasionally seen ruminating in a [[{{Lilliputians}} tiny]] armchair with a wine glass full of juice.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Dracule Mihawk, the world's greatest swordsman, when not out slaughtering pirates, can be seen relaxing at his mansion with a book and [[AGlassOfChianti a nice glass of red wine]].
** Actually this Trope was parodied early on in the series where a Navy officer tried to impress his date by [[KnowNothingKnowItAll rhapsodizing about the wine]]. Since his waiter was [[DeadpanSnarker Sanji]], it naturally didn't end well for him.
** Crocodile, AManOfWealthAndTaste, was also seen enjoying a nice glass of red wine while the Strawhats and Princess Vivi were his captives.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': A number of episodes, movies, and {{Original Video Animation}}s have significant plot points concerning the tasting of fine wines:
** One of the characters in the second NonSerialMovie, ''The Fourteenth Target'', is an expert sommelier who is able to identify the exact vintage of wine by its sight, smell, and taste. [[spoiler:It turns out the sommelier is the culprit, and is in part taking revenge for an accident that robbed him of his sense of taste.]]
** Inspector Shiratori, coming from a wealthy family background, is a wine enthusiast himself. The second OAV, "Sixteen Suspects?!", is set at his villa, which has an extensive wine cellar. A bottle of extremely rare wine is broken by one of the guests, and Conan and Hattori have to figure out who did it.
** At least two of the television episodes involve crimes that take place in or around wine cellars. [[spoiler:In one, the murder uses a clothesline to deposit the body of the victim in the middle of the cellar without actually entering himself. In another, an assault victim at a wine-tasting ruins a bottle of fine wine by heating and shaking it up as a message that his attempted murderer has imprisoned him in the cellar.]]
** Subverted in that Mouri Kogoro is a heavy drinker, who professes to enjoy fine wine but is completely unskilled in the handling and drinking of it, and (as is revealed when Ran switches bottles on him) is incapable of distinguishing fine wine from cheap wine. He frequently gets drunk on wine, sake, or beer, and ends up [[NecktieHeadband with his necktie around his head]].
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', the First and Silver King, Adolf K. Weismann, has a glass of wine in his hand in the flashback in the beginning of episode 12, which goes with his sophisticated attire and surroundings to produce this effect.
* The ever classy BigBad and BadBoss Frieza from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' often had a glass of wine with him in flashbacks.
* France of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' got one wine drinking scene in the anime.
* ''[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E12 "The Sleight Before Christmas"]]'', a Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket episode, features a centuries-old bottle of wine, which is a gift from France to the President of the United States. Lupin declares the president too low-brow to appreciate the wine and replaced it with cheap wine. The joke's on Lupin, though, because the real wine wasn't preserved well, and had become vinegar!
* Will A. Zeppeli from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is pretty much never seen without wine. Justified, since wine acts as his WeaponOfChoice.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In Creator/GrantMorrison's run on Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, immortal supervillain ComicBook/VandalSavage is challenged at one point to identify a wine from its taste. He identifies it ''from the sound of it being poured''.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Theatre/TheHistoryBoys' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4161252 "take my hand, take my whole life too,"]] Posner and Scripps briefly pretend to date. When they decide to figure out a story for how they started dating, Scripps suggested that he probably ordered wine because he wanted to impress Posner even though he hates it, and that Posner would have seen through it and made him order a lager instead.
* In two ''VideoGame/Persona5'' fanfics written by the same author, ''Fanfic/TheEvilQueen'' and ''Fanfic/TheAFRUniverse'', Igor can be seeing sipping either red or white wine depending on his mood. What's notable is that he drinks his wine from [[spoiler:the Holy Grail that had once been his enemy Yaldobaoth.]]

* Film/{{Dracula|1931}} [[IDoNotDrinkWine never drinks... wine.]] He just offers it to his guests.
* So much so in ''Film/{{Sideways}}'', almost to the point where there's more about wine than the people. Considering most of the story involves wine lovers touring the wine country, this is to be expected.
* In the "Black Cat" segment of Roger Corman's ''Poe's Tales of Terror'', Creator/VincentPrice plays a cultured oeinophile who gets into an identifying contest with slobbish drunkard Creator/PeterLorre. Price swirls, smells, swishes a taste in his mouth while inhaling - Lorre guzzles back the entire glass, and matches Price glass by glass.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Discussed on an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' where Lister complains about "total smegheads" who always drink wine. "What'll you have on your cornflakes, darling? Oh, I'll have some WINE!"
** Another episode has him recounting his lowest point, when he wandered into a wine bar, and came close to becoming middle class.
* The animated intro to ''Mystery!'', the sister series of ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'', featured a widow drinking wine at someone's grave.
* On ''Series/WhiteCollar'', forger, art thief, and all-around ConMan Neal Caffrey loves wine, as does his millionaire hostess. Working stiff FBI agent Peter Burke is a beer man. This comes to a head in an episode when Peter needs to pose as a wealthy wine connoisseur and Neal, horrified that they'll be exposed, tries to step in. Peter rallies, MagnificentBastard style, and completely snows everyone.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' does this. He and Niles even were part of a wine club.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** [[ProudWarriorRace Klingons]] are rather fond of ''blood''wine. It's never actually revealed whether it actually has blood, and if it does, what it is the blood of--if it's made from blood (rather than, say, being made of something like blood or a mixture of blood and something else), the blood would have to be weird, since alcohol requires something that contained sugar, and there's no other way that the "young, sweet" bloodwine Worf prefers (which Federation replicators apparently can't do properly; thus his [[DrinkOrder famous preference for prune juice]]) would be possible. On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', it is shown that bloodwine even has vintages, with General Martok being fond of 2309.
** On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the [[OfficerAndAGentleman ever-classy]] Captain Picard comes from a family of winemakers and breaks out a bottle of his family's good stuff when he wants to impress a visiting alien dignitary.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the wealthy Lannisters are constantly shown sipping wine while discussing their various plots. Due to the medieval setting, however, they don't have a lot of beverage options; ''everyone'' drinks wine, except when they're drinking [[AllBeerIsAle ale]].
** In the original books, they aren't limited to just wine and ale: they have strong spirits. Seamen have rum, and the Night's Watchers have some unspecified [[GargleBlaster strong spirit]] to keep them warm. But the Lannisters, still, prefer wine, and so do the equally classy Tyrells.
* The ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' episode "[[Recap/ColumboS03E02 Any Old Port in a Storm]]" stars Creator/DonaldPleasence as wine connoisseur Adrian Carsini, who is driven to murder when his playboy half-brother Ric threatens to sell off the family vineyard to a cheap wine-maker. He attempts to keep Columbo off his trail by teaching the detective how to appreciate a fine wine. [[spoiler:Adrian's sensitive palate proves to be his undoing: Columbo traps him by serving him a bottle from his own cellar, which he had inadvertently destroyed when he concealed Ric's body down there and turned off the air conditioning, not counting on there being an unseasonably warm day while he was away establishing an alibi.]]

* Oenophile[[note]]"wine lover"[[/note]] ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'', who takes this UpToEleven. References come up periodically, such as his asking Harriet Vane to wear a wine-coloured dress and specifying the shade by specifying a vintage in ''Have His Carcase''. It's a major plot point in the short story "The Bibulous Business of a Matter of Taste", in which Wimsey goes undercover as Death Bredon and has his palate tested at a blind tasting; he has to name the producer and vintage (year of production) for a series of wines, some of them quite obscure.
* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Prince Vladimir often has a glass of red wine in his hand. He also talks about it and analyses itís properties.
* Gilgamesh in ''Literature/FateZero'', being the arrogant king he is, is often shown drinking wine to highlight this fact. His [[HyperspaceArsenal Gate of Babylon]] also [[MundaneUtility contains a high-class wine cellar]] with wine brewed by the gods themselves.
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', not only that the members of the Inner Party (the political elite of the totalitarian state) are assigned much better dwellings, clothes, food, coffee, chocolate and tobacco than the members of the Outer Party (i.e. the mere {{White Collar Worker}}s), but also while the members of the Outer Party drink gin (and the blue-collar ''proles'' drink beer!), the members of the Inner Party drink... wine, what else?! When two Outer Party members are invited to share some wine with an Inner Party member, the narration notes that they don't enjoy it much, mainly because they can barely taste it after the stronger drink they're normally accustomed to.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Played with in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', where the human subculture of vampires are considered freaks because they file down their teeth, wear bright colors, stay up past noon, and drink... ''wine''.
** Also played with by Lord Vetinari, who normally drinks water, except in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' where he gets drunk on beer with the footballers. He's mentioned in the same book to ''not'' drink wine, and Glenda asks "Do you mean he does not ''drink'' wine, or he [[Literature/{{Dracula}} does not drink...''wine'']]?" Also in that book, Glenda comments that she thought only "nobby people" drank champagne, and Pepe corrects her "No. Just people with money, love. Sometimes it's the same thing."
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'''s William Alexander is a real connoisseur of the fine vintages and explicitly calls other drinks uncultured and low-class. Played with in that it is his older brother, Hamish, who holds the family title, and he doesn't drink anything except beer. Ham even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] over his brother's love of wine in one of their frequent after-dinner banters.
* Shan from the ''Literature/LiadenUniverse'' walks around with a glass of red wine ''all the time.'' Does he even drink from it?
* ''Literature/LettersToHisSon'': British statesman Lord Chesterfield wrote his son the one or other time to sent him some bottles of hundred-year-old wine, and paid with gold for them.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', wine is the preferred evening drink for the nobility; poorer classes drink [[AllBeerIsAle ale]].
* As noted under Live-Action Television, both the Lannisters and the Tyrells have a fondness for wine in the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series.
* Vizzini, in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'', sets out goblets of wine and a plate of high-quality cheeses as he waits to confront the Man in Black. Slightly subverted, though, because Vizzini is both clever and a bit classy - but neither as much as he'd like to believe.
* In one short story of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' a servant of Dionysus cites the rise of this trope as a reason why she chose to enchant a batch of [=MacAnally's=] beer instead of wine.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''[[TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} Traveller: Nobles]]'', TheEmperor is described as drinking a Hungarian vintage that is shipped all the way from PlanetTerra in about a year's voyage. In a subversion, the Sword Worlders consider wine an unmanly drink. A proper Sword World aristocrat drinks Lambic Red beer from the planet of Gungnir, prepared by a special process that has made Sword Worlder beer well-famed.

* In ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'', Serafina, proud of having married a baron though she was born a peasant, keeps a stock of Sicilian Spumanti bottles from the house of her late husband's family.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Wine is the only alcoholic beverage that should be offered as a gift to the CoolOldLady Wynne rather than to TheAlcoholic Oghren.
** Later, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', a minigame has the PlayerCharacter collecting more than twenty vintages of wine from across the continent to add to the majesty of their stronghold.
* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', Phoenix drinks [[FrothyMugsOfWater grape juice]] while playing poker in the seedy back of some bar, before murder happens. The grape juice bottles prove crucial to the case. And for the record, it was grape juice in Japan.
** A variation with the BigBad of ''Justice for All'', [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]]: when he [[spoiler:switches from his breezy SurferDude persona to his sharp, arrogant true self]], one of the cues is him whipping a glass of brandy out from HammerSpace.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/AllodsOnline'' with the quest reward item "Three Axes Port", which is a reference to a Russian brand of bum wine. The only thing it does is intelligence drain.
* Dracula in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''. Until he throws the glass on the ground and starts fighting you.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Lilly Satou, an [[ProperLady elegant and classy lady]], takes a liking to wine after her older sister Akira brings some to her best friend Hanako's birthday party, and drinks it on two other occasions in her route. Akira, who is much less refined, says she is more of a beer person. [[FridgeBrilliance As it is constantly repeated and shown that Lilly being born blind has allowed her other senses to develop far beyond the human average]], it is likely that she can derive far more enjoyment from a complex drink like wine (being able to truly appreciate things like texture, temperature, smell and subtle flavor) than her sister, for whom it's just another kind of alcohol. However, Lilly perhaps enjoys the wine a little too much, and IntoxicationEnsues.
* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'' DLC ''The Republic'', one of the upgrades for the Patrician's palace in a merchant republic is the Wine Cellar, which provides a small boost to your characters' fertility.
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'''s Malvolio Portius, the poster gentleman of [[TheEmpire the Dominion]], has so far never been seen without a glass of "Something Expensive." Presumably, it's the only thing he drinks. [[TheAlcoholic Which he does a lot of.]]
* Trip in ''VideoGame/{{Facade}}'' is kind of a dick on this subject. [[spoiler:However, due to his lower-class upbringing, he has a tendency to sneak down to a dingy bar in the bad part of the city and drink beer. He does ''not'' like to discuss this.]]
* Zinyak in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' has a glass of wine (or the Zin equivalent) when you confront him for the final boss battle.
* Doctor Chakwas's personal side quest in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' concerns acquiring a bottle of fancy brandy for her. She offers to share a glass or several with Shepard in gratitude and to honor the fallen.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** With the exception of his favorite gift (bouillabaisse), the best presents to offer potential LoveInterest Klaus in ''VideoGame/StoryOfSeasons'' are fruit wines from your personal winery. Not coincidentally, Klaus is the game's resident GentlemanAndAScholar.
** This is mostly averted in ''Harvest Moon''. Wine is a cheap beverage that the local bars usually serve. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are available in some games, but most characters prefer wine. ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'''s HardDrinkingPartyGirl Karen's favorite drink is wine, as her dad owns a vineyard.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' mythology, the symbol of Stendarr, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedric Divine]] God of Justice, Mercy, and Compassion, is wine flowing from a goblet. Within Skyrim, homeland of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], it is instead flowing from a drinking horn.

* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2003-06-27 the presence of a glass of wine in Mrs. Pompoms hand]] seems to be an example of the high society version.
* ''Webcomic/NectarOfTheGods'' is about the bartending world, so it's to be expected.
* In ''Webcomic/MandatoryRollerCoaster'' two people on a date are shown to be incompatible because one knows/cares about wine while the other does not.
* In ''Webcomic/MonsieurCharlatan'', [[http://monsieur-charlatan.com/archive/page-27/ drunk by the villains at the nightclub.]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' when an [[TheDandy effete]] viscount visits a run-down BadGuyBar: he asks for the wine list, weathers a long BeatPanel, and orders a rum and coke instead.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sidekicks}}'' Darkslug drinks expensive, classy-sounding wines it all the time. We later learn [[spoiler:it was to [[PowerLimiter constantly keep his power levels down]]]].
* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'''s Queen Cordelia is often seen with a glass of wine in hand, per standard villain procedure. (Or rather, "juice for grown-ups", as her character card says.)

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Literal Video version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" mentions "drinking wine douchebags" as a bunch of preppies make a toast.
* Jacksfilms' "Your Grammar Sucks" parodies this by speaking with a wine glass full of water when a commenter takes themselves too seriously (or, frequently, misspelled "college." The first time he does this is for a comment saying I'M IN COLLAGE.)