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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Tokaj on Snooth

  • Evolucio Furmint 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Lovely - crisp, vibrant, bracing. Had this beginning lunch. Medium mouthfeel and weight, but perfect as a starter. Did not have with food, but suspect this one would work wonderfully with food, just as it does alone. For the price or much higher, an incredible value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... top of that list has to be Tokaj Aszú for the reasons mentioned - the poise between acidity and sugar. Those are probably the most delicate and refined of all the sweet wines, probably because they have such high levels of acidity in spite of the sometimes astronomi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic ICE WINE


  • Becky - it's not so much that grapes favor poor soil, it's that often ... or wheat. And in places like Tokaj for example, the soils are more diverse than they are in Burgundy. In addition to mountains that were formerly under water, providing the limestone-rich soils you see in Burgundy, you have extinct volcanos, wind-blown soils, and hillsid... Read More

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  • Evolucio Tokaj Furmint 2012

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    Lovely little white wine had with lunch at Marcello's. Dry, crisp, and bright. Just under-ripe peach and apricot, with bits of green apple, citrus, and herbs. At this price point...crazy Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tokaji Aszu 4 Puttonyos 'St. Stephan's Crown' 1995

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    No written review

    Wine review by sylwestrus


  • Chateau Megyer Furmint Tokaji 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very neutral on the nose. I detect practically nothing. Light on the tonguesome stone fruit flavors but almost undetectable. Some fruit returns at the back of the palate. In between there is almost a saline taste. Very light bodied. If it had a bit more acid, I would, at least, call it refreshing. Not an expensive wine. So, there is no... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • You're probably healthier though DM :)I had another great Sunday dinner of bbq'd pork tenderloins and a couple nice BC blends.  The Josephine I brought to Fox's last summer, Greg might remember.  It's a merlot, cab sav, cab franc blend.  Lawrence Herder (from California originally) and Sharron parted company and sold the vineyard last year.  So,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • DV - Triton Tridente is from Zamora, a little west of Toro. It's dry and hot, kind of like south CA. The wines from Toro are usually bigger and more rustic than those from Rioja - the idea is to tame the bull (Toro) and Zamora is like the kid brother of Toro. The Termanthia is one of the three or four best wines from Toro, but it's not like Rioj... Read More

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  • Tend to like mahi mahi better than bluefish, Greg, though will put up with the latter when have to.  ;-)I was turned off them for a bit after that summer into autumn as I cooked so many of them every which way. My mahi-mahi terrine with pistachios was a hit, though, and I've since recovered appetite for them.So your friend does handlining? Relat... Read More

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  • "I've picked up a jones for fish and chips that started in my carousing days".DM, you're still in these days, no?  :) Read More

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