The Legend of Est! Est!! Est!!! Legend has it that in 1107, under the order of Holy Roman Emperor, Henry V, the German Bishop, Johannes-Dufuk, was sent to Rome. He was journeying there to visit the Pope in hope of being elevated to Cardinal. Being fond of fine wine and the good things in life, he sent his manservant ahead to find suitable lodging and the best wines along the way. The servant was instructed to mark "Est" ("It is " in Latin) on the walls of the inns where the food and wine were particularly delicious. In the town of Montefiascone, the servant was so impressed by the wines that one "Est" simply was not sufficient to express the quality, and so he wrote, "Est! Est!! Est!!!". When the Bishop arrived, he agreed so heartedly with the manservant that he never left Montefiascone (northern Lazio), and ultimately imbibed until his death, never reaching Rome or the Pope or achieving Cardinal. On the tomb where the Bishop is said to be buried reads an inscription: "Est, Est, Est et propter nimium est, dominus neus, mortuus est!" which translates, "it is, it is, it is, and because too much it is, my master dead is!" For centuries the wines of Montefiasone enjoyed great popularity and considerable renown, due in no small part to the legend and the wines' seductive charm, but sadly the quality and perception of Est! Est!! Est!!! plummeted at the end of the 19th century with the advent of the phylloxera scourge. Est! Est!! Est!!! is only now recovering its legendary status through the concerted effort of Riccardo Cotarella and several other foresighted, quality producers in Montefiascone, so we invite you to partake of the legend, Part II.