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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  •  some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod I went to Vons and I'm having the worst piece of fish I've had in years. Well, pretty soon you won't be able to kick around Von's any more.  They've been bought by Alberson's.  If it hasn't happened already, your local Von's is going to be converted to an Alberston's or, as happened in my neighborhood, a Hag... Read More

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  • There's a pocket of Southern OC (San Clemente-ish) that's miles more vibrant than LA and San Diego for fishing...then there's Oxnard. Just have to get out of those densely populated areas. Read More

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  • DM,I can't speak for the waters down there, but you're right about seafood and availability improving as one goes north.  There are only certain times of year when the grocery stores here have lots of fresh fish, but there a some fish markets that usually do, but it's getting increasingly expensive.  I couldn't help but imagine you this way as I... Read More

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  • At least San Diego has this! Can always be satisfied with better craft beer and better guacamole than Brooklyn...  ;-) Read More

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  • With Fox on board, this is really picking up steam. I should be able to make it. If so, I'll bring that old '61 Barolo I've been hanging on to. Read More

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  • Growing up doing a bit of surfcasting, pier and offshore fishing in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (out to even around the Channel Islands), and even a couple times down off San Diego (though more down the length of Baja), then traveling the world and fishing in other places, I never had the impression that SoCal oceans were as rich as o... Read More

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  • I'm with you on the Barbera pricing. Drinking a $10 Barbera right now. A little on the sweet side, lots of fruit, but all in all a really good wine for the price and especially for a Wednesday night with pizza. Unfortunately I'm having it with some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod at the moment. The Conterno is a better wine but for the price, th... Read More

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  • Fox, of course you're invited.  Greg has a couple of cots down by the garbage bins for us.  A totally appropriate spot for us by the time we get back from dinner! Read More

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  • I was tempted to come down but really couldn't get away--we have way too much on our plate right now, with moving out for the renovation/addition, refiling two years of taxes (don't ask), and too much work on my calendar.  But July?  Hang out with the restaurant owner and drink some of our best bottles?  I am there if I am invited.  Maybe a Pied... Read More

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  • It was JD's Vega! But Randy, the owner, has a lot of it. He showed me his home cellar. Custom built racks, 4000 bottles, and he's visited a lot of the bodegas I know in Spain. I think he just wants company! But he's a good guy and his two sons love wine too, so I think they're going to do some major damage to that cellar. Read More

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