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Rasch Johann

The clergyman Johann Rasch (1540-1612) studied at the University of Wittenberg, but remained faithful to the Catholic faith. In 1570 he became organist at the Schottenstift in Wien and wrote one of the oldest wine books in the German language, which was first published in 1580 under the title "Weinbuch: Von Baw, Pfleg und Brauch des Weins" and can be considered a classic of wine literature. It contains numerous rules, regulations and advice on viticulture in general, cellar management, wine storage and wine tasting. But it also describes the production of beer, brandy, vinegar, mead and Vermouth. A separate chapter is devoted to the aromatised herbal wines popular at the time, and exotic drinks such as deer tongue wine, rose wine and rosemary wine are mentioned. Rasch also drew on the works of Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311) and also quotes the ancient Roman author Palladius.

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