How about tasting?

"The oyster lunch" painted by Jean-François de Troy in 1735.

We are in Versailles, under the reign of Louis XV. All these men, gathered around a table in a sumptuous setting, come back from hunting. They have left their hunting costumes, frock coats, vests and tricorns for their court clothes.

They taste, in large quantities, oysters which were brought from the coast by fast runners. On the table, the crockery is silver. The label wants neither bottle nor glass to touch the table. The glasses are placed upside down in the glass roofs, small refreshing bowls made of Japanese or Chantilly porcelain.

In front of the table stands a small rococo style cabinet, with its ice tray, in order to put cool the bottles. One of the gentlemen has just cut, with his knife, the string holding the cork of a bottle, and head raised, looking amused, looks at the cork which has just popped off.

Another gentleman serves a drink. The bottle that he holds in his hand has a background characteristic of a wine, the object of a real craze since 1735, called the "saute cork", sparkling wine from the land of Champagne.

Finally this oyster lunch could well have been called "the first Champagne" in view of the sparkling joys of this assembly!