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by Fred McMillin
The Bishop's Fate
1111 A.D.—Bishop Johannes De Fuger left his church in the Bavarian town of Augsburg several weeks ago. He was to realize a lifelong ambition of traveling to Rome for an audience with the Pope, a difficult trip of hundreds of miles.
It is well known that the Bishop is a man of discriminating taste. Consequently, he had his valet, Martin, leave a day early. His mission was to determine which inn had the best food and wine at each scheduled stop. He was to indicate his selection by writing on its wall with chalk the word "EST," meaning "it is" or "this is it."
The whereabouts of Bishop De Fuger and Martin is unknown. (End of article by Bacchus).
The Rest of the Story—The Bishop's Fate
The trip started well, with Martin, a mobile Michelin Guide, inscribing EST on his recommendations. However, when only 60 miles from Rome, at the ancient Etruscan site of Montefiascone (MOWN-tuh-fee-as-KOHN-ee), the wine was so good, Martin wrote EST! EST!! EST!!! The Bishop arrived the next day, totally agreed, and paid the wine the ultimate tribute. He abandoned the trip to the Vatican, settled down in the village, and lived happily ever after. When he passed away, Martin prepared his tomb in a local church (photos), sadly concluding that his boss may have overindulged a bit...for, one can still see at the foot of the tomb the words he inscribed in Latin:
It is, it is, it is.
I cannot think of a better conversation piece to serve your guests as they arrive for your holiday feast than...
Our Wine of the Day
Graffiti EST! EST!! EST!!! di Montefiascone , 1999
Postscript—You Can't Take It with You??
The good Bishop gave it his best shot. He left money in his will for...once a year having a cask of the wine poured over his tomb.
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