Tokaj Wine

Tokaj is the prized sweet wine of Hungary, produced in the northeast Tokaj-Hegyalja region, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Wine has been produced in the region for centuries, dating back to the Roman era when the land was known as Pannonia. However, it was not a sweet wine until the 1630s. 

With the Ottoman invasions, many of the glorious vineyards that had been cultivated by Hungarian royal decree were left to rot because of strict Muslim law forbidding alcohol consumption. Some wine was still being produced, but always under fear of attack. Legend has it that a local wine-maker was forced to abandon his harvest fearing one such raid, and upon return, found his grapes had developed what became known as Botrytis cinerea, or “noble rot.” He shrugged his shoulders and made the wine anyway, yielding spectacular results no one had imagined. With this serendipitous viticultural discovery, the wine known as Tokaj Aszu, which many consider among the world’s finest, was born Read more »

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  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

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  • Grof Degenfeld

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Tokaj on Snooth

  • Puklus Pincészet Tokaji Aszúeszencia 2003


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Puklus Pinceszet Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • The wines (Tokaj) are on a good trajectory, seem to be getting better and better. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Union des Grands Crus

  • True, Germany and Napa/ California come to mind as well.Didn't taste much ... Hungary, though for the dry Tokaj, I'm really looking forward to 2017' Read More

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  • Tokaj is great.. but haven't been tasting for a number of years.  Maybe it's time for a change. Read More

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  • Any perspective on this at $24, Greg? J&J Eger, Egri Kékfrankos ... ... its northeast neighbor, Tokaj. It has long been known as the place for one of the world’s most spellbinding wines: Egri Bikavér, colloquially known as “Bull’s Blood.” When it enters conversation, many people nod with perplexity and unknowingly lower their voices, as if the... Read More

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  • Szent Tamas Nyulaszo Tokaji Szaraz Harslevelu Furmint Mad 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Snoother - wine from Tokaj is most definitely not red. It's made all or mostly from Furmint, which is a white grape. The reason that's got a buttery taste is mostly because of the barrels. The amount of diacetyl from the grapes, which is the compound that gives it a buttery quality, is limited. How much you get depends on the amount in the grape... Read More

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  • No Trump wines at this party.  Here is the link to where I posted the ... ... was a white wine from the Tokaj region.  I liked i Read More

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  • Well there is that. The Hungarians have a marker in Tokaj that they claim is located in the geographic center of Europe. That's why they hate when Americans call them Eastern Europe. Of course, it depends on where you start the boundary of Europe.Balkans always seemed the southern countries to me but I don't think it's really a big deal. I will ... Read More

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