Tokaj

Furmint USA

A new project and a new web page collect the wineries in Tokaj wine region, who make dry Furmints. The site and the videos (like this) also beneficial for us Hungarians, because lot of my compatriots associate to sweet wines when they heard abut this region…

I love furmint, so I am truly happy when I see this kind of projects. About Furmint you can read in earlier posts.

Very good summery of this variety!

The project website.

Summer feeling

Sunshine and flower perfumes gleam among the vineyards. I like this pink-green scenery in Tokaj Hétszőlő Winery’s slope. This is a tipical combination pleasant and useful, because rose bushes are planted next to the grapes, because it can indicate diseases early.

fotó 2And of course the because of the scenery and the fragrances! I took this pics last weekend, when we tasted some late harvest from Tokaj region. Some of them were creamy and honeyed like Tündérkönny 2011 (Tokaj Wine Trust Winery) and others are realy fresh and summery sweet like Katinka 2011 from Patricius Winery. I encourage everyone te be engrossed in world of Tokaj late harvests.

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Szepsy won a prestigious award

István Szepsy won the “Les Seigneur du Vin” honor on World Wine Symposium.

Perhaps no one correct me if I say he is the most prestigious member of the Hungarian wine makers, who justly won this award. I met him first in a tourism conference a few years ago, where he talked about Tokaj wines as hungaricum. I heard his voice and saw his stature for the first time, but I never forget. A tiny figure man with long winemaking history, and engaging personality. I said before about „autenticitiy” what is the most important for me in wine, and this is why I like the whole world of wine making. Well, if somebody doesn’t know what I am talking about, listen to how he yarns about Tokaj and Mád.

About this award: The World Wine Symposium, created by François Mauss, president and founder of the Grand Jury Européen, was born from the simple desire to create a global forum of reference for the principal actors within the world of fine wine: producers, suppliers, distributors, négociants, journalists, politicians and connoisseurs. This event is hallmarked by wine Godfathers like Aubert de Villaine (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti), Angelo Gaja, Egon Müller, Pablo Alvarè (Vega Sicilia). “Wine is not simply a commercial commodity, rather, it is a product infused with historical and cultural dimensions that must be protected and defended.”

February is the month of furmint

This is February, I am Hungarian and I love furmint. This grape is one of the base wine of Tokaji Aszú but this is not the only reason why we love it.

Many people think that Tokaj wines are always sweet and diggestiv drinks. Furmints from Somló or Tokaj can show how respectable a long-lived white wine.

FURMINT

I am fond of its pear and nutmeg nose, and long flavour. It has more faces in different soils, and regions. Furmints from Somló have temperate fragrance but dense and minerally. Tokaj furmints have more fruit aromas, but both of them well balanced and complex, multi-dimensional white.

Februar is the month of Furmint so we can enjoy these gems in numerous restaurants and wine bars. The top of the programms is a Big Furmint Ferbuary Taste in Vajdahunyad castle.

It’s a fabled castle for me, and especial place for wine tasting. When you arrive, it is a prince/ss feeling, like in a fable, because of the castle, the milieu, beautiful wines…

The castle represented the mansion in Vajdahunyad, Transylvania. Even more uniqe are the historical monuments details, from Cathedral from Pécs, Catherine’s Gate in Brassó, Charles’ Gate from Gyulafehérvár, Gödöllői Royal Palace, Church in Ják and many others.

Oh yes, I know that a tasting with near 70 wineries is a hard work even for a prince/ss, but this is the most extensive possibiliti taste furmint, you mustn’t miss out!