Water Tasting like Wine

Pliny (ii. 103) tells us of a fountain in the Isle of Andros, in the temple of Bacchus, which every year, on January 5th, tasted like wine.

Baccius de Thermis (vi. 22) gives numerous examples of similar vinous springs. In Lanternland there was a fountain in the middle of the temple, the water of which had the flavour of the wine which the drinker most liked. ( Rabelais: Pantagruel, v. 42.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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