Frank Nardone plays Cupid in China with SA wine

Frank Nardone plays CupidFrank Nardone happened to be in China on the 7th day of the 7th Lunar month, otherwise known as Qi Xi or Lovers' Day. It fell on August 19 this year. The basic story behind this day, which is the Chinese equivalent to Valentine's Day, combines love with sadness.

A common version of the Qi Xi story has the daughter of the Emperor of Heaven falling in love with an orphan cowherd during a visit to the human world. They marry and have two children. But two years later, the Emperor separates them and sends his daughter to the star, Vega, and the cowherd to the star, Altair. These stars are high and bright in the night sky during this time of year, seemingly separated by the Milky Way. According to legend, magpies take pity on them once and year and form a bridge allowing the couple to reunite briefly.

It also follows that the brief encounter yields many tears of joy and sadness, witnessed by rain on Lovers' Day every year. Frank Nardone was told about this during his recent visit and despite a week of dry, hot weather, sure enough, in the afternoon of August 19, the heavens opened and there was an almighty downpour.

While visiting a Wine Shop on Lover's Day, Frank overheard a young Chinese couple discussing what wine to buy for their special dinner. He kept hearing the word "Australia" mentioned, so he offered his help to guide them to a safe selection. They had not heard of Shiraz but were familiar with Cabernet Sauvignon, so Frank set them up for an enjoyable night by recommending a Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Next year, the store will be sure to have the Nardone Baker range to make the selection process even easier!



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Wine Quotes & Toasts

Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

Galileo Galilei

A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason."

Latin saying 

No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God."


Wine is the pearl in the oyster of the grape.

Charles A. Nardone, Mirabella Ranch, Texas USA 

Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow.


Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."

Louis Pasteur

What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.


God made only water, but man made wine.

Victor Hugo

Quickly bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may whet my mind and say something clever."


Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved."

Medieval German saying 

Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues."

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry."

Ecclesiastes 8:15

A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore."

Johann Strauss

Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Benjamin Franklin 

Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

St. Paul, 1 Timothy 5:23

Now is the time for drinking, now is the time to beat the earth with unfettered foot. "


Wine cheereth God and man."

Judges 9:13

Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.

Spanish saying 

Wine is bottled poetry."

Robert Louis Stevenson  

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it well used."


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