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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Mount Falernus, in Italy.


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  • In ­addition to charting how our passion for wine has influenced the ebb and flow of civilizations, the book is packed with esoterica, including the taste and price of Falernian red in ancient Pompeii and the menus of Parisian restaurants during the Franco-Prussian war (roast cat garlanded with rats, served with Bollinger champagne). ­

    Books on Drinking

  • Falernian under his eyes, and when they spilled a great deal of it in their brawling, Trimalchio declared they were pouring a libation to his Genius.


  • “I brought a skin of watered wine, that Falernian you like.”

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • “If I am to take more of the severe Falernian,” said he, laying his hand on the decanter of port,

    The Small House at Allington

  • A word or two she said or sung about the flowing bowl, and once she called for Falernian; but beyond this her converse was chiefly of the rights of man and the weakness of women; of the iron ages that were past, and of the golden time that was to come.

    Tales of all countries

  • Mrs. Mackinnon made useless little signs to her husband, really fearing that the Falernian would do its good offices too thoroughly.

    Tales of all countries

  • Minister wet to lee, pour the Falernian and gear me chalices, ah by bitterest, the law's Postumia, you bet magistral, eh breezy kin a grape-loving breeziness. ZUKOFSKY EUSKARAZ.

  • I had my victories in the arena, but they were bitter, and that moment was so sweet it went to my head like a jar of the best Falernian wine.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • We'll probably catch up to Robert there and I heard they had a cask of Falernian ...

    Ripping Time

  • Skeeter sighed, wondering how marvellous it really tasted, aware that he wouldn't have been able to afford a glass of Falernian even if he had still been employed.

    Ripping Time


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    January 6, 2017