"They're sort of like medieval celebrities," joked Jessi as we read about the different characters.
Take for instance the 'Mitolo Jester Vermentino' – a wine described as a crisp, fresh, balanced acidity, seamlessly dry white wine. The jester on this bottle is 'Madame d'Or,' who served as a fool in the 1400s for the French court of Philip the Good of Burgundy. Apparently in medieval days, buffoonery was one of few professions open to women. However, this golden haired dwarf dispelled this belief as she was often described as pugnacious and outspoken and apparently possessed an exquisite voice and a devotion to music and dance.
Gracing the label on the back of the 'Mitolo Sangiovese Rosé' - a wine described as elegant and balanced, lean acidity, soft texture and long dry balanced finish is Giacomo. Known as the King of all Jesters, this quick witted and skilled performer delighted audiences with his magical acts, juggling, storytelling, music and sorcery. Unfortunately he was rather promiscuous, and in 1575 he was banished due to scandalous behaviour involving a Duke's daughter.
The 'Mitolo Jester Shiraz', a wine described as intense, textured and shows pure fruit flavours is named after Richard Tarlton, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. Tarlton was the first to achieve national celebrity as a comedian and enjoyed a successful career in theatre as a leading member of the Queen's Players. He also wrote popular ballads and plays.
Described as bright, lush and juicy, mouth-filling richness, the 'Mitolo Jester Cabernet' is made from the Amarone method. It's 'Jester' is Monarcho, apparently the most eccentric of all Jesters Queen Elizabeth I's court. He was the only fool named by Shakespeare in any of his works, and featured in 'Love's Labour's Lost'. Monarcho was born in Italia, was usually dressed in blue and was more intelligent and politically aware than his court persona.
Mitolo Wines provides helpful notes with advice on what to eat with the wine, and also offers details of the region, variety, harvest and bottling date, colour, nose and pallet.