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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

  • 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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  • July might work well for me, definitely better than June. Hope it works out. Read More

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  • Greg, a man with good wine will always have friends!   (kidding).  That sounds like my kind of restaurant! That's pretty cool, but just make sure he isn't trying to purloin your Vega :)  Speaking of that, you could probably tempt William to come west with that! Read More

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  • Well DV, if you like Barbera, the place is an Italian place with a chef from Sicily and an Italian wine list. The owner actually pulled out a La Gerla but we didn't open it. He has been collecting wine himself for many years and has a few thousand bottles he wants to drink with someone. He particularly likes Spain and when he heard that I had so... Read More

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  • Eric Guido noted that the Cerreta was bolder than the Cascina Francia, so maybe you would like it better?  I'm trying to get to Greg's for a visit this July.  I'll let you know.  You should pop down again!  :) Read More

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  • Was wondering when the day would come DV, glad you enjoyed. For me that's a rich wine, though you tasted it with another year of aging which I think must have helped tame it a bit. That's what great winemakers do, make balanced wine. Now we should both get a bottle of the 2012, Cascina Francia if possible, for that next special occasion. Read More

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  • Greg got kidnapped!  :)That looks like the kind of night that happens very seldom.  Great report JD, I nearly felt like I was there!Funny you said the chicken was easy on the wallet.  Look at that wine!  By the way, I opened the Conterno Barbera d'Alba you gave me.  I had ambitions to hold it for a couple of years, but Sunday was a great dinner ... Read More

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  • Oh yeah, forgot to mention the venue, Solare,  that Greg has come to frequent was indeed the perfect place for this tasting. Nice, easy going, relaxed atmosphere, good friendly people (everyone was sincerely friendly and easy to get along with), and then the food also didn't suck, in fact it was quite good, every dish starting with the Calamari ... Read More

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  • What were you guys eating--just the cheese (guessing though that was end of the meal)?Nice batch of wines, and nice report, JD. Thanks for sharing.And we all know that Greg is actually a closet pinotphile... Read More

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  • Nice notes JD. And thanks for the intros to those folks. Of course, I had no idea there'd be so much Burgundy or I wouldn't have brought the Termanthia! A good wine but it stood out like a sore thumb in the company.The 72 was really interesting. One of the best older aszu wines I've had. I'm dying to find out what was used to top it off - it had... Read More

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