The Mosel Region in Germany is noted for its fine wine. Each village has its own distinctive vineyards and it is easy to find a wine which is suitable to ones taste. The wine from the village of Zell is particularly notable and is known as ‘Schwarze Katz’ or Black Cat. Legend has it that in 1863, three wine merchants from Aachen were in Zell to taste the wine and find out which was the best cellar to buy from. In one particular winery they went into lengthy negotiations and finally they opted to choose from three casks. Suddenly the owner’s black cat sprang onto one of the casks and arched its back in a threatening manner, whereupon the merchants took it as an omen that it was the best wine and without even tasting it, they bought it. Since that time, Zell wine has been known as ‘Schwarze Katz’.
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