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

  • 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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  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the ... ... due to their interest in Tokaj, and it seemed to work well, everyone having a good time.Lessons Learned: Harslevelu is good stuff, and probably my new favorite white wine grape, especially the Tokaj kind! Greg brought a shiner from Hungary/Tokaj of the 2013 ... Read More

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  • Greg, would love to try the Harslevelu, besides you may need something to ... ... to ... I'm not bringing Tokaj, couldn't find the one I have hiding in my cellar. Need to stock u Read More

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  • Furmint is to Hárslevelû as Cab is to Merlot. I.e., for most ... ... ... each of the traditional Tokaj grapes around his garden so you can see them next to each other. If I remember, Patricius has done something similar. Others have collections of rocks from their plots. The people there are the most terroir-obsessed I've ever met. And they'r... Read More

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  • James - there was no dry version until very recently, well after the fall of ... some really horrible crappy Tokaj. And I think BevMo carried Royal Tokaj and a bad sweet wine from the state collective. Dont buy that, it's crap.If you're going to Budapest, I can give you some recommendations for wines to pick up.You should most DEFINITELY pick ... Read More

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  • Kiralyudvar Tokaji Furmint Sec 2013


    Very interesting Tokaji Furmint Sec. Normally these grapes are used to produce an awesome sweet dessert wine so when I saw this dry version I had to try it. On the nose is a nice blast of something floral, akin to honeysuckle. The palate is loaded with ripe pear, honey, mandarin orange and a touch of lemon pith. There is a bit of a mouthcoating ... Read More

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