The tradition of toasting with wine dates back to ancient times. In ancient Rome, it was common for the host of a dinner party to drink the first cup of wine to demonstrate that it was not poisoned. This gesture evolved into the act of raising a glass and clinking them together, which eventually became known as a toast.
The word “toast” itself has an interesting origin. It is believed to come from the custom of adding a piece of toasted bread to a wine goblet. The toasted bread was soaked in wine, and the resulting beverage was passed around and shared among the guests. Over time, the act of raising a glass in celebration came to be known as a “toast.”