Feb 2009 issue
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Avvinare: the reasoning behind the seasoning Jason TesauroAs the Roman Empire’s influence spread through military engagement, trade, and migration, so did the worship of Bacchus and, with it, a campaign for more serious winemaking. Of course, with all the good viniculturists likely having been shipped off to war instead of staying home to tend their amphorae, the Romans did produce their share of plonk. Hence the tradition of toasting—so named from the practice of dropping a hunk of burnt bread into the wineglass. This lump of activated charcoal redu...
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