The decree of 1516 is not the first attempt to keep boozing headache-free. Eighteen years earlier in 1498 the Imperial Diet met in Freiburg to make peace with the Swiss who hadn't accepted the newly established Imperial court and above all had stubbornly refused to pay the Imperial tax i.e. the common Pfennig. The diet was not successful in putting the Confederates back into their place; on the contrary one year later when the Emperor wanted to bring the Swiss to their senses his army suffered a crushing defeat in the battle of Dornach such that Maximilian had to give way. However the assembled princes did not leave the Freiburg diet empty handed for on the August 24, 1498, they passed the satzung unnd ordnung über die weyne (rules and ordinance about wine) limiting in particular the amount of sulfur to be used in the stabilization of wine already knowing that it was the concentration of this element causing headaches.
|satzung unnd ordnung über die weyne of 1498|
|Riesling is one of my favourite grapes only topped by the Chasselas |
known in Baden as Gutedel and in Wallis, Switzerland as Fendant
This year at Worms November 11, is not only the Saint Martin's feast with children carrying their lanterns around and adults eating the traditional goose or the usual day of the opening of the Carnival season at exactly 11 minutes past 11 a.m., this time even in the year (20)11, but it will also be a 500 years anniversary and thus an additional reason for boozing with ... Riesling.