Is it true that if I spill an Italian wine while serving a guest, I’ll bring myself bad luck?

The Vatican just had a seminar on this topic as well as other superstitions, and the answer is yes. However, some of the more flagrant misconceptions were debunked, including these: red Italian wines can cause you to transform into a Maserati; white Italian wines are directly responsible for the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

In spite of this, some stickier myths remain. There is a belief that Italian wines go best with Italian food. Untrue! An aromatic Pinot Grigio from the Veneto region would stand up nicely to a coq-au-vin, or a paella, or the leftover carnitas I had UberEats bring over from my local taqueria.

This brings up another potentially fatal wine inaccuracy — that Pinot Grigio, the crown jewel of the white Italian varietals, is the only one worth drinking. Others worth exploring: the unusually tannic Verduzzo, or the versatile Pinot Bianco.    

But circling back to the original question: one ancient rumour has it that wine contains spirits that awake when you drink it, and make you feel good. If you spill it, however, those same spirits get angry and bring bad luck. They say you can remove the hex by dabbing a bit of it behind your ear. Personally, I find dabbing it on the tongue works just as well.