I was in a new cellar door, having a very good bottle of Pinot Noir and lunch – and feeling rather good about the world.  I thought it would be great to celebrate the world’s vineyards and winemakers, and so came up with the following toast.  I’ll say nothing other than, in my defence, this was after a really good bottle of wine …

Toast Master As men and women of vision, who believe in the world of wine, we are confident to toast our friends.
To those who see a paddock, and dream of a vineyard,
Assembled We raise a glass,
Toast Master To those who plant, prune and pluck, come rain or shine,
Assembled We raise a glass,
Toast Master To those who spray and net and pray, and believe in their terroir,
Assembled We raise a glass,
Toast Master To those who pick, crush and press, and nurture in ancient oak,
Assembled We raise a glass,
Toast Master To those who fine, bottle and publish, and send wine out into this world,
Assembled We raise a glass,
Toast Master We raise a glass to the vineyards and winemakers of the world!
Assembled Hurrrraaahhhh!

And so on until the end of the evening.  Do let me know if you try it.

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