Barta Winery by Alder Yarrow

Tokaji Barta: The Old King in a New House Few traditional wine regions in the world can avoid something of a sneer when contemplating those with new money and no history who set up shop and begin to make wine. Few things are more desperately difficult than avoiding local scorn when moving into a traditional […]

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about wine for Thanksgiving

I know we’re still two months away from Thanksgiving, but if the pumpkin spice public relations machine can already dominate the landscape with their never-ending array of products, I figured I could weigh in early on some Thanksgiving wine options. I’m going to discuss two sets of wines, both, in my opinion, would be killer […]


The Romans brought wines to Hungary in the 5th cerntury AD. Over the centuries, new grape varieties were brought in from France and Italy.

A Sip of Faith: Adventurous White Wines

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 […]

Registration Opens for SommCon

Registration Opens for SommCon, a Four-Day Educational Conference for Wine Industry Professionals and Enthusiasts SommCon® Returns To San Diego Featuring Over 40 Educational Seminars, Certification Opportunities, Tasting Events and More This November 16-19, 2016 by Press Release September 06, 2016 San Diego, CA (September 6, 2016) – This fall, SommCon® returns to San Diego bringing […]

The Story of Tokaji Wine by Wine Folly

The wines of the Hungarian region of Tokaj, or as they say it “toe-kay,” are a window into the past. For one, the word for wine in Hungarian, Bor, isn’t derived from the latin word for wine (vinum). This suggests that the area has a winemaking history that grew independently of, –and perhaps before– Roman […]

Hungarian Wine For The Win – by WineFolly

A quick guide to Hungarian wines identifying 4 of Hungary’s most intriguing wine regions: Tokaj, Villány, Eger and Nagy Somló by Winefolly. One hundred years ago, Hungary was one of the most important wine producers in Europe. Every royal court in Europe clinked glasses filled with precious gold Tokaji (“toe-kye”) wine, while other lush Hungarian […]

Dunne on Wine: Ferment over furmint

Move over chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and other white wines that dominate the American table. A new player is in town, which by its vigor and versatility may well seize the attention of American wine consumers. It’s furmint, pronounced “fohr-mint.” It hails from Hungary, whose long but erratic wine history has entered a promising […]

FurmintUSA on The Drunken Cyclist

Just a quick note as I am packing up to leave Châteauneuf-du-Pape, heading for a lunch in Marseille and then back to Mougins in Provence. I just found out that I figure somewhat prominently in a video released by FurmintUSA, the group spearheading the effort to familiarize Americans with the Hungarian grape. I come off […]

FurmintUSA creates a buzz with U.S. marketing blitz

FurmintUSA conducted a marketing blitz this spring in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles, showcasing Hungary’s signature white grape, Furmint. The first shipment of 1,000 cases of dry Furmint wines from nine Hungarian wineries arrived in February. The wineries included Barta Winery, Basilicus Winery, Gróf Degenfeld Winery, Erzsébet Cellar, Kvaszinger Winery, […]