Egri Bikaver

Egri Bikavér ("Bull's Blood of Eger") is Hungary's most famous red wine. It comes from the Eger wine region of northern Hungary; the Szekszárd region produces a similar wine with similar name (Szekszárdi Bikavér) but with different character. Egri Bikavér is a blend that has varied over the years, although the blend is anchored by the ancient Kadarka variety. Kadarka is believed to have arrived during the Turkish invasion of the 16th century, either by the Turks themselves or by Serbs displaced by them. It is a difficult grape to vinify, and has increasingly been replaced by Blaufränkisch, known locally as Kékfrankos. Officially Egri Bikavér must contain at least three of the following 13 grapes: Kadarka, Kékfrankos, Blauer Portugieser (Kékoportó), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Menoire (known as Kékmedoc, or Médoc noir before), Pinot noir, Syrah, Turán, Bíborkadarka and Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Lemberger

      Grape: Lemberger Color: Red Synonyms: Limberger, Blaufrankisch, Kekfrankos.   Main Regions: Austri...

  • Blaufränkisch

    Blaufränkisch is the most important Austrian red variety to many Austrian vintners despite the fact it is not the mos...

  • Kadarka

    History of the grape: Kadarka is a dark-skinned, red grape that is best known as the main varietal in that Hungarian ...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Not too keen on Mission and their prices, Greg. Milano's has always been ... ... purchased a bottle of Egri Bikaver (Bull's Blood of Eger), Hungary's longtime flagship red. It sems that the quality is still pretty much the same as the first time I bought it around 40 years ago. Well worth it @ $8 a crack. Not so with Leese-Fitch 2013 (Napa) C... Read More

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  • Hi Folks!This site was really great several years ago helping me track down Corsican reds here in NYC (I'm in Staten Island.) Many of my friends, and myself included, are interested in very good wines (mostly reds)  at the lowest possible price. There really are many such wines out there if you look hard enough! For example, several years ago a ... Read More

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  • So happy to be amongst fellow oenophiles! I am a freelance copywriter, writing in the food, wine, and spirits industry.I am here to share my personal enthusiasm for wines, not for professional reasons.I live in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, where no one grows wine grapes to produce actual wine. I am just slightly better informed than a complete novi... Read More

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  • About a year ago, or so, there were a couple interesting conversations here ... ... than Tokaji Azsu and Egri Bikaver, I can't say that I'd ever seen a Hungarian wine in a retail store.  Then, at the Wine Club, the other day, I saw this and picked it up. A blast of peachy fruitiness is followed by a hint of oxidation (I hate that.).  A tart a... Read More

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  • Thanks Jon Derry for your kind words it is great to find someone else who is ... Eger is most famous for the Egri Bikaver (Bull's Blood) which originally was made in Skekszard, but the Egervin wine company somehow developed a monopoly on it.Surprisingly enough I found out last year that a lot of wineries in Eger source their grapes from Hajos-... Read More

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  • Hi, I've found this Hungarian Pinot Noir wine on an online pharmacy here: claim it to be therapeutic for health, saying it's a special brand wich may lower chloesterol, and help keep a good cardiovascular function, as it's a unique version. I've actually bought  and tasted it, and I mus... Read More

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  • Egri Bikaver Red Blend Bull's Blood of Eger 2008


    light bodied, easy drinking red thats an outstanding value. soft with a little spice. makes a nice everyday wine. Read More

    Wine review by VineyardVixen

  • I'm seeking to import Vitavin Egri Bikavér Bull's Blood of Eger 2002 into China...It's an excellent wine!

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  • Egervin Red Blend Egri Bikavér Bulls Blood 2010


    dark red color, nice red fruit on the nose....medium bodied dry red with minimal tannins but nice acidity to balance the fruit flavor Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Egri Bikaver Tibor Gal 2002


    I tired vintage 2008 on 09.03.2012. Smell:at the beggining lots of roses and raspberries. After some time it develops into rose petals preserve, lilies, maybe blood. Very nice smell!Taste: spicy and sharp. Medium bodied with bit of tartiness. something in the finsih that i really like but cannot name. Quite elegant. Read More

    Wine review by lucto

  • Egri Bikavér Varga Pincészet Védett Eredetü Bor 2009


    I am a wine rookie; Look: orange to orange-browndry to bone dry but average and pleasant to crisp acidity level; middle to high tannin level, 12% alcohol, corkedPaired with:I had Austrian sausages with black bread with it; pleasant combination.Summary: the high tannin level maybe hints to immaturity, but I would not consider it uncomfortable. Read More

    Wine review by Lojay

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