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gun wine

A regional specialty from the town of Obernai 25 km southwest of Strasbourg in the French Alsace (Bas-Rin). The peculiar name derives from a supposedly true story. In 1562 Emperor Ferdinand I (1503-1564) honored the city with his visit, which offered him his famous wine. The Emperor found the crescent quite excellent. Flattered by this praise, the mayor confessed to the emperor that the Obernaians still had better wine, but reserved it for their own consumption. The Emperor was indignant at this remark and probably disappointed not to have tasted this divine drink. He reacted violently, but still tried to preserve the dignity befitting an illustrious Majesty. Finally, he handed the mayor a pistol and told him to give it to the one who, if possible, is even more unabashed than he is. Since then, the wine that the Obernaians themselves drink is commonly called the "pistol wine". There is also a wine called "Vin du Pistolet d'Obernai" marketed. See also a list of other curious wines below special wines,

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