The majority of the world’s quality wine is dry, but interestingly, some of the most famous, long-lived, and expensive wines are, in fact, sweet. Wine lovers rave about vintage port from decades ago and clamor for a taste of the celebrated d’Yquem. Tokaji’s mythical essencia is traditionally served not from a glass but from a crystal spoon. Recently, however, there’s […]
Interview with Tamás Kis, Somlói Vándor Winery Tamás Kis is the owner and winemaker at Somlói Vándor, a small natural estate on the tiny volcanic butte of Somló in Western Hungary. Although the youngest winemaker working with Palinkerie, he is devoted to cultivating first-class wines on Somló’s unique soils. We asked him a few questions […]
Top 9 Wines to Buy This Year No matter where your wine taste trends in the next 12 months, we’ve vetted the best bottles to put in your shopping cart. Here are our top picks from our annual International Wine Competition. Mix it up with some imports – Béres 2014 Dry Furmint (Tokaji; $19) Understatement of […]
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 […]