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Sir John Falstaff is the well-known figure of the fat, lazy and drowsy knight in the works Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), as well as the Verdi opera Falstaff, which is based on these two works. Falstaff is unconditionally committed to the philosophy of uninhibited enjoyment when it comes to eating and drinking. Regarding his drinking preferences or his favorite wines will include a Malvasia mentioned.

In the exuberant tavern scenes with extensive drinking, he is the "educator" of Crown Prince Hal (later King Henry V). In connection with the figure of Falstaff and one of his most famous actors, namely the brilliant Shakespearean mime Ludwig Devrient (1784-1832), the "invention" of the German name sparkling wine for the sparkling wine recycled. Incidentally, the figure was the Austrian wine journal Falstaff named.

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