Sir John Falstaff is the well-known character of the fat, lazy and dissolute 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 plotted from these two works. Falstaff is unconditionally committed to the philosophy of unrestrained indulgence in food and drink. His drinking preferences and favourite wines include a Malvasia. In the boisterous inn scenes with extended drinking sessions, he is the "educator" of Crown Prince Hal (later King Henry V). In connection with the character of Falstaff and one of his most famous actors, namely the brilliant Shakespearean mime Ludwig Devrient (1784-1832), the "invention" of the German term Sekt is attributed to sparkling wine. Incidentally, the Austrian wine journal Falstaff was named after the character.
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