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An Italian white wine from the southern part of Latium which is more distinguished for the curiosity of its name than for any inherent quality. The story goes that when a certain Bishop Fugger was on his way to Rome, he sent a servant on ahead of him to check on the wine served at hostelries en route. If the wine was good, he was to write Est!, ‘It is’ on the door; if it was not up to scratch, Non est!, ‘It is not’. Apparently when he got to the town of Montefiascone, he found the wine so marvellous that he wrote Est! on the inn door in triplicate. It fails to make such an impression these days. A red wine is made under the same name, but it is seldom seen outside its locality.

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