“He who clinks his cup with mine, adds a glory to the wine” – George Sterling, American Poet
Smiling faces and good cheer is what a toast should be all about. It’s about community. It’s about joy. It’s about celebrating.
Why is it called a toast? When some people hear toast, they think of bread. When we hear toast, we think of bubbly. So what is the history behind the toast? The term “toast” originated in the 16th century. During this time period, not all of the wines were super tasty. It was common to place a piece of toast (bread) in wine to improve the flavor and soak up some of the wine’s acidity. This practice was also a worthwhile use of stale bread. If a person was being honored at a celebration, they usually received tasty wine-soaked toast once the wine was finished.
What are the rules? Here in the U.S., we don’t get too excited about the rules for a toast. There really are no specific rules. In other parts of the world, they are a bit more serious about their toasts. If you plan to travel to foreign lands, you might want to read up on some of the rules.
Do I need a prepared speech? You can make an informal toast any time you gather with family or friends. A simple “cheers” or something to that affect is perfectly acceptable. However, there are times when a prepared speech is recommended – for example, at a wedding. Depending on the occasion, most guests appreciate a toast that is short and to the point. In the 1800s, when formal toasts were the norm, they were quite serious about their toasts and even published them in newspapers.
How much wine do I need for a toast? One bottle of ISC sparkling wine can fill approximately five glasses.
Is clinking glasses required? While technically clinking is not required, we happen to think it is an important element of the celebration. Just like the soft pop that you hear when opening a bottle of bubbly, the *clink* brings extra joy to the occasion.
What is the best way to clink glasses? The rim of wine glasses is the most fragile area of the glass. The bowl, on the other hand, which is the widest place on the glass, is where the glass is the strongest. In order to avoid breaking your glass (and possibly spilling some of your precious bubbly), the best way to clink glasses is at the bowl.
So to sum it up, we think it is is important to toast often. Don’t wait for a special celebration. Make use of the toast to show gratitude, to bring joy, and to show unity. Cheers to you and yours!