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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  • 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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  • Excellent report JD! 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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