Hans von Thurgau
The Kaiser didn’t care. He didn’t care about Hans von Thurgau at all. Hans had given years of his life to perfect his art, and the Kaiser just didn’t care. The Kaiser hadn’t asked for a glass of wine since becoming Emperor. Hans had trained for decades, to become the finest sommelier in Germany. He had been ecstatic when he was chosen as the then Crown Prince’s new wine steward. And now, it seemed like it was all for nothing. The Kaiser had lost his taste for wine. Instead, he kept asking for cocktails. Five PM on the dot, the Kaiser wanted his cocktail. He declared it to be “cocktail hour”, and that he was off work, at least until after dinner. Considering the pace at which the Kaiser pushed himself, and the strict working schedule he had kept to since taking the throne, everyone was willing to overlook this, even if he hadn’t been the Kaiser.