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

  • 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

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to become popular or commercialized, the investment happening there I haven't heard about.When I see you in April please remind me to explain this to you. I've had several wine people, including MWs tell me about this.Of course they know none of the individuals or the politics... Read More

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  • Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008


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    Wine review by Chloe Liew

  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... are the same - the trees in Tokaj are the same as those in Alliers, and some are different - the oak in Missouri is not the same as that in France, although both are oak.  Only recently have people started using barrels for flavor. Actually there's no particular... Read More

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