Are you bored with the same white wines? Sure the “House Chardonnay”, or “House Pinot Grigio” at your favorite restaurant is drinkable (and at times decent enough), but wouldn’t you like to go rogue and try something a bit more interesting? I understand. Before I began to study wine seriously, I found myself drinking those that were safe choices: flavorful and affordable. I knew what I liked. And now? Thanks to years of studying, tasting, and learning from my colleagues in wine writing and those in the industry, I’ve expanded my palate preferences. I’m thrilled to share my research (difficult job, isn’t it?) with you.
Kvaszinger Estate Furmint 2013 – I was thrilled to taste Furmint, the white grape that is indigenous to Hungary’s Tokaj region, at a trade tasting a few weeks ago in Chicago. If you’ve never had the opportunity to try this wine, you must. Bracing acidity and distinct minerality are a few of many characteristics of Furmint. The elegant white wines I enjoyed that afternoon boasted intense aromatics, a fresh and crisp palate profile, and a snappy, lingering finish. All were outstanding, but one which will open the gate to your new love for Furmint, is the Kvaszinger Estate Furmint 2013. Dry and fruit forward, this is a lovely food wine that can be paired with your favorite herb roasted chicken, grilled seafood, or salad with sprinkles of goat cheese atop just-picked-from-the-garden vegetables. Cost is $22.