Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Toast to the Popes of Avignon

I've been investigating the wine-drinking habits of the Avignon Popes - and they make for surprisingly diverting reading. First off, I was astonished by the phenomenal amount of wine consumed in the Palais des Papes. Also revealing was the extent to each which Pope has his own personal preferences - one of them was, it's said, reluctant to take the papacy back to Rome because of the inferior quality of Italian wine! And of course the Popes collectively worked small miracles to improve viticulture in the area. Click here to read more. 

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