Fruitful rivalry of two Bull’s Blood region
In terms of international recognition ’Bikavér’ (Bull’s Blood) is second only to Tokaj Aszú among Hungarian wine brands. Part of its appeal derives from its versatility when it comes to matching food. Taste Bikavér wines from 33 wineries on 2 March at one place in Budapest, and then choose your favourite from the wine lists.
One brand, two wine regions
Bikavér is traditonally made in two Hungarian wine regions: Eger and Szekszárd. The two terroirs may be quite different but Bikavér in both wine regions is made from at least four different varieties and the wines come in several quality categories.
Leading winemakers in both regions are working hard to raise the profile of the brand. They have put their faith in this historical wine category and believe that this substantial but not too heavy, kékfrankos based blend is well suited to the needs of today’s customers. Each year winemakers from Eger and Szekszárd join forces to show the latest vintages of their wines in a tasting event in Budapest called the Eger–Szekszárd Bikavér Duel. The comprehensive tasting will take place in the gorgeous Ballroom of Corinthia Hotel on 2 March 2018, 18.00–21.00. Here you can sample wines from thirty-three Eger and Szekszárd wineries carefully selected by a professional jury.
Tickets cost 7500 HUF (24 euros) in advance, 8500 HUF (27.5 euros) at the venue. For purchasing ticket in advance, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a wine professional, contact the organizers (to participate in the tasting for professionals earlier on the same day).
List of exhibitors (only in Hungarian)
One recommendation from each region
Until you get to the heaven for Bikavér-lovers, we recommend you two great Bikavér wines, both of them are among the top ones.
On the nose it has a ‘cool’ character, but at the same time it has an attractive frutiy-spicy note. Loads of sour cherries, a pleasure to take a sniff of them. On the palate soft, velvety tannins, moderate acidity. Energic and serious, but also charming and easy to drink.
A Superior Bikavér, a blend of the selection of the best base wines of the winery. Kékfrankos base, the three Bordeaux variety, pinot noir and kadarka got the place in this blend. Velvety tannins, intense violet and plum fragrances combined with spicy sour and sweet cherry notes. Unusually rich bikavér style with serious structure and long finish.
Not a risky choice and easy to pair with food
Most foreign customers meet Bikavér in Hungarian restaurants therefore sommeliers are also „ambassadors” of this brand with a mission to rekindle international interest in Bikavér. Sommeliers working in the best Budapest restaurants report that many guests have fond memories of Bikavér however not many of them would choose it from the wine list without recommendation. It takes the expertise of a well-qualified professional to persuade them to give it a chance. Many sommeliers emphasize the importance of price for customers in making their decision. Fortunately Bikavér is competitively priced at 3-4 euros a glass which is perceived by visitors as below the risk threshold. The reasonable cost makes the experience even more pleasant.
Sommeliers also report that being a Kékfrankos based blend Bikavér works well with a wide range of dishes which further enhances the positive experience. There are many different kinds of red meat which go well with Bikavér including mangalitsa and wild boar tenderloin, veal and lamb rump steak. These red meats can be partnered with pumpkins, green lentils, sweet potato puree, kapia pepper sauce and king oyster mushrooms. As the above examples show chefs are being provided a rather wide palette when it comes to creating dishes to match Bikavér.