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Master of the Cellar

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#40738
Fun:*** (2.35)
Difficulty:*** (2.65)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:mosca*us*****

 

 

 



To Benedictine cloth, sworn I,
With humble lot; my garb was dull.
But in the cellar; naught 'scaped my eye;
As I the grower's yield must cull.

I sought in all the best to do,
To prune the wand'ring vine to size,
And foreign substance all eschew,
The vintage fine to optimize.

To blindness tales I beg a lie;
Too, the myth my reputation scars,
That I to brothers gave the cry,
"Come quickly; I am drinking stars!"

Who am I?



Answer

Dom Pierre Perignon. The pricey brand of champagne, Dom Perignon, is named after him.

Pierre Perignon entered into the Benedictine at the Abbey of Saint-Vannes in the town of Verdun. He transferred to the Abbey of Hautvilliers, near Espernay, where he served as cellar master until his death. While he was in this position, the Abbey increased the size of its vinevards. Some of the rules he developed for wine making survive to this day. He believed that fine wine should be made only from Pinot Noir grapes; rotten and overly large grapes should be discarded. Perignon preferred multiple presses rather than treading the grapes and used only natural processes without the addition of foreign substances. He aggressively pruned the vines to produce a smaller crop of higher quality.
He was said to have invented the process to make champagne and on his first taste of the bubbly allegedly called out to the rest of the Abbey, "Come quickly, I am drinking stars!"
This story was probably invented by a later cellar master to add importance to the Abbey.

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