Giving a wine toast is an honored tradition, an important occasion at many types of special events such as weddings and dinners. Following a few rules, you can learn how to give a meaningful, memorable and powerful toast to impress your guests.
Enjoying wine for special occasions often results in making toasts. Wine toasting in modern society occurs at a wide range of special moments such as birthdays, retirement parties and weddings. Giving a toast is a common celebration ritual dating back to apocryphal times according to certain accounts. Wine toasting in modern society occurs at a wide range of situations.
History of the Wine Toast
Giving a wine toast has a long history and it is paramount we understand it before learning the etiquette involved in making great toasts.
Toasting as a tradition hails back to ancient Georgia (the country) around 500—700 BC. However, it formally became a custom around 450 A.D., when, according to some accounts, a young woman made a toast for the good health of a Saxon king during a feast. The feast turned into a wedding because the king became smitten with the young woman after the toast.
The result of that allegedly first recorded toast with a goblet of wine became the customary wedding toast.
What You Should Know for a Wine Toast
Different people are asked to give toasts at different occasions and that’s what makes it so important. If you really want to make a point and leave a lasting impression when toasting, there are a few basics, essential things you should keep in mind.
Setting Up a Toast
Write the message for your toast in advance and work out the wording. Simple and straightforward is the best way to deliver a powerful message as far as toasting is concerned. Aim for around one minute in length. Before a toast, you or the speaker should always check that the other people are prepared, and their wine glasses are filled. An announcement preceding the toast is paramount to ensure that everyone is aware of the impending moment. Do not forget to end the toast with a clear signal too such as “cheers” or “raise your glasses.”
Tips for a Good Wine Toast
The speech and presentation are just a part of the toast. In order to give an outstanding wine toast, follow these initial guidelines:
- Standing is advisable in formal settings with big groups. In small more intimate settings standing is not necessary
- Clearly enunciate the words of your toast message
- Make your toast length a minute or two, particularly if there are others who will make a toast.
- Try not to read from a letter or prompt
- Maintain eye contact with the audience
- The first and last person you look at should be the person you are toasting
- Do not gesture with the wine glass
- The speaker may be the first person to drink
By following these simple tips and learning the proper etiquette, your wine toast will be elegant and sophisticated in its presentation.
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