Il vino sulla tavola di Jane Austen/ Wine on the table of Jane Austen

La tavola Regency prevedeva tovaglie delicate, piatti di porcellana, fiori, arrosti, patate e non mancavano gli alcolici. In questo periodo il consumo di vini e liquori non era certo moderato. La produzione vitivinicola non era britannica, ma già allora arrivavano le importazioni dall’Italia, dalla Spagna e dalla Francia che rifornivano la Regina di ottimi e raffinati vini. Ad accompagnare le varie portate non mancava lo Champagne e particolarmente apprezzati erano i vini “fortificati” come il Porto e il Madeira che conducevano ai dopocena dei signori, mentre il gusto femminile prediligeva lo Sherry.  Le birre non erano particolarmente diffuse tra i signori Regency, almeno nelle occasioni formali, anche se nei suoi scritti Jane Austen cita la birra di abete: “Ricordo, disse Emma, ricordo perfettamente che si parlava di birra di abete e Mr Knightley ed io dicevamo che ci piaceva e il reverendo Elton sembrava deciso ad apprezzare anche lui”.


The Regency table included delicate tablecloths, porcelain dishes, flowers, roasts, potatoes and no shortage of spirits. The consumption of wines and spirits was not moderate at this time. Wine production was not British, but already then imports from Italy, Spain and France were coming, supplying the Queen with excellent and refined wines. To accompany the various dishes there was Champagne and particularly appreciated were the “fortified” wines such as Port and Madeira that led to the after dinner of the lords, while the feminine taste preferred the Sherry.  Beers were not particularly common among Regency gentlemen, at least on formal occasions, although in his writings Jane Austen mentions fir beer:”I remember, Emma said, I remember perfectly well that there was talk of fir beer and Mr Knightley and I said that we liked and the Reverend Elton seemed determined to appreciate him too”.

 

 

 

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