The Dry Side of Furmint – By Jeff Jenssen Known primarily as one of the main varieties behind the dessert wine Tokaji Aszú, this Hungarian white grape is expanding beyond its sweet spot. If you’ve heard of Furmint, a Hungarian white grape, you probably know that it’s one of the primary varieties used in sweet Tokaji […]
Furmint is a late-ripening varietal that is grown in Hungary’s ancient volcanic soils. It produces wine with bold acidity, ample fruit flavors and wines with a distinct streak of minerality. Furmint is also a versatile varietal that can complement many dishes.
An eight-day trip to Hungary last fall left me with a notebook full of great wines tasted. I’ve written about a smattering of the reds I tasted as well as unusual wine pairings for a Tokaji Aszú that I brought home, not just one but several bottles. The calendar flips to 2017, and all of […]
A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will you go? Many wine drinkers cling to familiar grape varieties or settle for what’s in easy reach. Don’t miss out, wine lover. There are between 5,000 and 10,000 varieties of Vitis Vinifera, the plant species responsible for nearly all wine […]
… Aromatic White Wines Aromatic white wines have higher levels of a compound group called monoterpenes which produce aromas of flowers and sweet stone fruits (apricots, peaches, honey and rose). These wines can be made in both a sweet or dry style, but are often described as sweet due to their intense aromatics. If you’re […]
Ever wondered what it’s like to start a wine importing business? Athena Bochanis started her wine import business in one of the most challenging markets in the US (New York City!). Her story will motivate you. Did you know this is what you were going to do when you started? Definitely not! When I graduated […]
Wondering what wines to drink in 2017? I asked a group of sommeliers and wine writers which varietals, regions and styles they’re excited to drink more of in the new year. Look for some unexpected countries, more focus on indigenous grapes and practices that go beyond the vineyard to include cooperation between wineries. Indigenous Varieties […]
That we live in an age that seeks the solace of the simplistic is hardly breaking news. Still, the close of 2016 brought with it a small science news item in The New York Times that I, anyway, thought was a champion example of the simplistic. Here it is: “A handful of nuts a day […]