Idiom | Age Like Wine

Idiom | Age Like Wine

Idiom | To Age Like Wine

The idiom ‘to age like wine’ means to age well or to get better with time. Wine, unlike most things in life, gets better with age. The phrase is usually used to describe a person, especially their looks, but it can also be used to describe an idea.

This idiom’s roots might be found in the book of Luke from the new testament; “old wine” was valued over “new wine” (Luke 5:39). There would have needed to be a few a linguistically leaps from there, but it’s a possible origin. Aging wines has been a thing since prehistoric times.

「to age like wine」というイディオムは、「よく熟成する」「時間が経つにつれてよくなる」という意味です。ワインは、人生ででくわすほとんどのものと違って、年を重ねるごとに良くなりますよね。このフレーズは通常、人、特にその容姿を表現するのに使われますが、アイデアを表現するのにも使われことがあります。

この慣用句のルーツは、新約聖書のルカ伝「”old wine” was valued over “new wine” (Luke 5:39)」に見いだされるかもしれません。 そこから言語学的に想像を膨らませる必要がありますが、起源としては十分にあり得るでしょう。ワインを熟成させることは、有史以前から行われていました。

Idiom Usage: To Age Like Wine 使い方

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A Young Woman Shopping in a Supermarket for Wine (

To “age like wine” is almost a full phrase, but it needs a little help getting there. To make the idiom complete, we only need a subject.

*Remember to put the verb ‘age’ into it’s correct form.

Subject + Idiom

His advice + aged like wine.

The idiom is fine for casual situations and formal ones.

To “age like wine”はほぼ完全なフレーズですが、少し手を加えるが必要があります。このイディオムを完成させるには、主語を付け加えるだけで大丈夫です。


主語 + イディオム

His advice + aged like wine.


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Examples 例文

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A Man in a Suit Holding a Bag of Money (

Your advice on finance has aged like wine.


Asians seem to age like wine.


Most of Einstein’s theories have aged like wine.


Use mnemonic! ニーモニックテクニック

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A Middle-aged Man Chooses a Bottle of Wine From an Impressive Collection of Vintage Bottles (

Which would you rather have, wine that was just bottled or something that was bottled hundreds of years ago? Obviously the aged bottle will be a far superior experience.

Of course, we always encourage you to create your own mnemonic device. It’s much more effect if you do that.

Check out our post on mnemonics basics to learn more.




Variations 類似した表現

  • To age like a fine wine

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