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Sir John Falstaff is the well-known figure of the fat, lazy and slovenly drunk knight in the works Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), as well as in the Verdi opera Falstaff, which is based on the plot of these two works. Falstaff has unconditionally committed himself to the philosophy of uninhibited enjoyment of food and drink. With regard to his drinking preferences or his favourite wines, a Malvasia is mentioned among others.

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

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