Category Archives: Wine

Tokaj Tasting Notes – Árpád-Hegy


When approaching the Tokaj area on the way from Budapest, the first town you encounter within the Tokaj denomination, the gateway to Tokaj, as it were, is Szerencs; this is marked by a stylized gateway in a central roundabout in … Continue reading

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Tokaj Tasting Notes – Gizella Pince


When I went to Tokaj in April 2019, my friend, the great Hungarian wine writer Daniel Ercsey, had recommended that I visit László Szilágyi, the owner of Tokaj producer Gizella. One cannot reject advice from that source, so of course … Continue reading

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Tokaj Tasting Notes – Barta Pince


As I researched for my April 2019 tour of Tokaj, one of the producer names that surfaced frequently was Barta Pince. It was obvious that a visit was in order. Barta is a family-owned operation, but slightly unusually so. The … Continue reading

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Tokaj Tasting Notes – Erzsébet Pince


On my scouting trip to Tokaj, Hungary, in April 2019, I visited one of the producers recommended strongly to me by several sources: Erzsébet Pince. This was a revelatory visit. I obviously knew about, had tasted and had read up … Continue reading

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Tokaj Tasting Notes – Paulay Borház


When I went to the Tokaj area, Hungary, in late April 2019, my friend Daniel Ercsey had recommended Paulay Borház as a good place to stay. What he did not stress was that Péter Hudák, proprietor of Paulay, also makes … Continue reading

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Tokaj – A Triumph of Terroir and Minerality


As you approach the Tokaj hills from the slightly undulating Hungarian plains to the south-west, you get the sense that this place is OLD. Millions of years have torn and polished those hills into soft peaks that are still dramatic … Continue reading

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Best wine ever?


Dear all, It’s been ages since I’ve written anything here. I do apologize. My absence is mostly due to having been very busy at work, but also to the fact that I tend to write long, involved posts, and I … Continue reading

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