"My glass was filled with liquid that looked black until you held it to the brightest light. Then it glowed deep ruby, like St Anne’s robe in the Leonardo painting. It was one of those wines that ambushes you. The first big mouthful left a slight prickly sensation on the tongue, and I decided that it was not really to my palate. By the end of the glass I was reconsidering this hurried appraisal, and by the third glass I was thinking that tomorrow was another day and could look after itself."
The Picasso Scam, by Stuart Pawson (copyright 1995; quote is from page 130 of the Allison & Busby Limited trade paperback edition, 2011).