The toast gesture, the act of raising one’s glass and drinking to someone’s health, is a universally widespread and ancient custom.
It has got its roots in the times of ancient Greece during the banquets, when it was common to accompany it with a short greeting.
Some testimonies, however, look it in a very different context from that of celebrations: it seems that it was used to ensure that in the glass with the wine there were no lethal potions.
Such tradition used from Greece to Rome continued even after the advent of Christianity to toast in the memory of martyrs and saints, though such use was condemned by the Church.
The word change its meaning in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance became the German formula “I bring it to you (the health, the glass)”; in Italy it backed in fashion from the sixteenth century and it spread together with the tradition of composing verses during ceremonies.
“Cheers”, up the glasses!
The toast is today, in almost all cultures, a benevolent rite towards another person or towards a particular situation; it is often accompanied by an exclamation that distinguishes it and which has various idioms all over the world.
The most common expression in Italy during the toast is certainly cin cin, a Chinese courtesy formula that means “please!, please!”and which has been translated as the onomatopoeia of two glasses striking each other. It was used among the Canton’s sailors as a form of gentle but playful greeting, it was exported to European ports and to Italy at the beginning of the twentieth century.
No wine, no toast!
The first rule for a good toast is to do always it with wine, never with water or with an empty glass; according to popular belief it would bring bad luck.
The host should be the first that will raise the glasses, followed, in the case of a second toast, by a guest, who will use the toast to thank him for the hospitality received.
In the Saporare boutique you can find a selection of wines, even in limited editions, to fill your glasses and give yourself a toast during this period of extraordinary parties.
All Saporare wines recall in their name traces of manufacturing and production processes: the limited edition Passito Centoventidue, tells the history of the bunches left to rest in small boxes for one hundred twenty-two days; Quattro, our sweet sparkling red wine, is instead obtained with grapes coming from four different types of vine.
Discover all the Saporare’s wines in our boutique; be ready to toast to an extraordinary 2021!