Wine Toasts, as in Cheers! or Salute! ??
- maria lorraine May 6, 2007 09:39 PM
What are your favorites? Or ones you've come across in your life or travels? Not only the international toasts -- Nazdorovje, Skol, Cin-Cin -- but other *poetic* ones, like “Rose-lipped maidens, light-foot lads” in the movie “Out of Africa.”
If I remember correctly, cin-cin is supposed to occur in a circle, Two people clink glasses,
and they must look into each other's eyes when they do, and then the toast goes around the circle and back to the first person.
I had dinner with my friend's Colombian family last night, and they will cheers anything. I must have clinked my bottle of Pacifico 20 times before the night was over. Just a simple "Cheers" whenever you want to celebrate something. It was fun.
I often use the German, "Prost". While this is usually associated with drinking beer, it is also used when drinking wine with friends.
BTW, thanks for mentioning the Out of Africa reference. Took me back to my Grade 10 English class where we memorized the A. E. Housman poem from which the quotation comes:
With rue my heart is laden
For golden friends I had,
For many a rose-lipt maiden
And many a lightfoot lad.
By brooks too broad for leaping
The lightfoot boys are laid,
The rose-lipt girls are sleeping
In fields where roses fade.
I learned this from my father, who told me he'd first heard it, in Spanish, in South America in the 1960s. Some variation of the following:
Toast to the Four Hinges of Hell:
May you swear, steal, lie and drink.
When you swear, swear to be true to your friends.
When you steal, steal away from bad companions.
When you lie, lie in the arms of the one you love.
And when you drink, drink with me.
My brother being a merchant marine, I have heard many a varied and nary a boring toast. My personal favorite, which he and my other brother the stand up comic bestowed was this:
"May your love endure the tests of time and weather.... (brief pause)... to Shackleton!"
Another favorite, and I don't quite recall why, is my husband's insistence on honoring semi-obscure battles. Occasionally, he'll raise a glass to Antietam.
I love the Max Bialistock line: wine, women, and song, and women
Zero Mostel delivered it perfectly. Frankly, that is just a perfect movie...
May you live forever and mine be the last voice you hear.
Here's to our health - the slowest rate at which we can die.
Not sure of the spelling here, but it is a Russian Toast. "De Strichnia Poda Stalone" The next time we meet will be under the table
My favorite is "Skoal".
From Nordic skål, which is related to the English word skull. From the ancient custom of drinking from the skulls of defeated enemies and toasting friends. Something about drinking from the skull of your fallen enemy just appeals to me....
For some reason I don't recall seeing Sam Fujisaka's response to my post here, in this newly revived very old topic. Sadly, Sam is no longer with us, having passed away some 3+ years ago. His posts were always interesting and valuable.
Re-reading his today, and my version, I find it interesting that his version used the verb 'gastar', which means 'to spend' and mine used the verb 'gustar', which means 'to like' (or 'enjoy' as I learned the toast). If Sam were still here I'd love to get into the differences with him. Anyone else want to try?
Swiss visitors shared their tradition with us, raising their glasses, peering deeply into each person's eyes while saying the person's name.
Here's to the girls that do
and here's to the girls that don't
But not to the girls that say they will,
but later decide they won't
But the girls that I will toast today and every night
is the girls that say they never have, but just for
you I might....
I'm not one to give toasts, save for the aforementioned "Cheers," "L'Chiam," and the like, but I *do* love the most famous of the ones by Dorothy Parker . . . .
“I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host.”