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“It redefines how fresh aszú wines can be” – Jeff Berlin about Patricius Aszú
Jeff Berlin is wine director at À Côté restaurant in Oakland, California. His interview by John Szabó Master Sommelier was posted half a year ago on www.wineandspirits.com, but it is actual now as well: especially because wines of Tokaj are great for the Chrismas season both as a present or on the table. “Although Tokaj is home to several grapes, Berlin thinks of the native Furmint as the region’s ambassador. He describes the energy and spice that the wine picks up in Tokaj’s volcanic and loess vineyards as a powerful current of electric acidity, like a Tesla coil in every bottle.” Berlin is clearly amazed by the 6 wines described in the article, especially by Patricius 5 puttonyos Tokaji Aszú from 2004. “The botrytis-influenced aromatics also play off the floral, fresh-picked stone and citrus fruit notes. With savory dishes such as foie gras, charcuterie, prosciutto and melon, aszú works brilliantly.”
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Burning Man Festival in Hungary?
Well, not really, but something exciting is going to happen… Haraszthy Winery in Etyek (a half an hour drive from the capital of Hungary) has founded a joint venture with Edvin Martin violin artist. The new company has already built an amphitheatre and they plan several quality performances for the summer of 2018. A unique, grandiose statue called LOVE was placed in Vál vineyard of the winery created by Ukranian artist Alexander Milov. This breathtaking piece of art had been erected in Nevada at Burning Man festival in 2015, but now it shines its message of love in Hungary, it was inaugurated in September. We will keep you informed!
Adopt a teddy bear and drink good wine!
Today, on 30 November a charity auction will take place in Budapest. „Adopt a teddy bear” is a worldwide charity movement to help people with disabilities. World famous celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Lawrence and others have joined the initiative. In Budapest Premier Kultcafé will host the event, a place which gives opportunity to disabled people. If you join the auction today at 6 pm, during the auction you can taste lovely, fruity wines from Szekszárd wine region, because the innovative Lajver wine house itself is a great supporter of the project. Premier Kultcafé is open every day! More about Europe’s largest cultural institution for people with disabilites.
Vineyard Getaway in January In Hungary not only birthdays, but also the so called „namedays” are celebrated. Every first name has a dedicated day, for example men called András celebrate on 30th November, while women called Mária celebrate on 15th August. These days are usually associated with a patron,…
The first time ever! Tokaj Aszú is one of the greatest sweet wines of the world. Terroir, centuries old tradition, local grape varieties and the current generation of winemakers have all contributed to a matrix with the ability to stun both the average wine consumer and the professional sommelier….
Aria Hotel Budapest, the place to stay – with great wines by the glass The American quality online travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller posted the 6 best winter destinations on 1 December. Budapest, the Hungarian capital is the only European destination in the article besides dream places like Chilean…
Hungarian results from AWC Vienna AWC Vienna claims to be the largest officially recognised wine competition in the world. „Due to the unswayable blind tasting system and the strict tasting rules AWC Vienna is the most challenging of the world’s renowned wine tasting competitions. AWC Vienna is establishing the…