I love an excuse to pour a glass of wine.
When it's the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,
it's time to taste the new wine--An ancient European feast day, Martinmas marked
the end of field work and the beginning of winter. It was (and is) celebrated in various ways.
I like Portugal's simple celebration:
Associated with the maturation of the year's wine,
St. Martin's is the first day for tasting it.
Around a bonfire, chestnuts roast under the embers
while a local light alcoholic beverage called "foot water" is poured.
A little ditty goes:
It is St. Martin's Day,
we'll eat chestnuts, we'll taste the wine.
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In the United States of America, 11/11 is celebrated as Veterans' Day.
at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,
I drink a toast to those who so valiantly served.