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...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Isabella

    Reportedly named after a famous southern belle, Isabella was allegedly discovered in North Carolina. This grape is be...

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Grof Degenfeld

    Winery - History Of German-Hungarian descent the counts of Degenfeld family history leads back t...

  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

    The Royal Tokaji Wine Company, founded in Hungary in 1989, has become one of the most defining wi...

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Afraid I'm merely a pale shadow of my former self. Highlights over the past month have been:three pints of high-alc craft beer one night at Brew Dogs, with fish and chips (execrable) , and bangers and mash (acceptable),six pints of Asahi brew and a no-name whisky at a Nepalese restaurant that foolishly advertises a 90' all-you-can-drink-for-$10 ... Read More

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  • Well if you have regular access to fresh mahi-mahi (though my experience with them is seasonal), I'm going to stop feeling so sorry for you. Used to fish for them out of small boats using hand lines. Good for developing calluses but utterly thrilling fishing since they are like rainbow-colored bolts of lightning zipping through the water, with a... Read More

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  • I had this Triton Tridente tempranillo on Friday night (2012).  It was ridiculous.  We went for dinner with my boss and his wife, had some wine at his place first, had more at dinner and then back to his place, but first he wanted to get some wine at the liquor store nearby.  He got an Aussie shiraz and I thought I better get something comparabl... Read More

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  • Emark and D - you guys explained it. I thought there was once a huge fishing operation here - Point Loma was populated by Portuguese fishermen, but I didn't know they had to go out so far. One of the last commercial guys here simply crashed his boat into the docks and left it. I do have friends who go out all the time and they bring back mahi-ma... Read More

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  • You really are still connected to CA with soures to events like these. Thanks JT Read More

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