• “Would drink it all days a week”

    Last week Sarah Djerf, wine journalist in Allt om Mat tried and liked our dry Furmints!

    “Hungarian wines from small organic producers. The one to the left is great! 100% Furmint and barrel fermented. Would drink it all days a week.” The wine she means is Furmint Barrique 2011, find it at Systembolaget here. 

    She also really liked our “fish&seafood wine” –  Furmint from 2016.

    “It tasted a little like a North Italian, pinot gris”, surely fantastic to black olives.” We do absolutely agree Sarah, and it does taste fantastic to black olives! 🙂

    119kr at Beställningssortimentet, Systembolaget.

  • Hungry Wines Kadarka a “juicy Summer favourite”

    DinVinguide skriver sommelier Sofia Ander om hennes “saftiga sommarfavoriter”. Hon skriver att lättare, juice-igare viner har blivit trendigt och är välkommet efter en lång tid av dominans av stora Parker-viner. “100 poäng från Parker betydde mycket av allt. Ju mer desto bättre, av allt.”

    Sofia menar att “Balans behövs i vinvärlden och idag kan vi tack och lov hitta både det saftiga, blommiga, lätta och svala i samma hylla som det stora bombastiska, fruktdrivna och maffiga.” Särskilt under sommaren dricker hon mer slanka och saftiga viner.

    Hon rekommenderar förutom några andra intressanta viner, Hungry Wines härliga Kadarka, som vi själva älskar att plocka fram till sommarkvällen/grillkvällen då den är så allround. Den passar fint till det mesta i ljust kött, fågel, fisk och veg-väg, det enda jag inte skulle välja är en blodig stek som kräver ett strävare/tanninrikare vin.

    Beställ vinet på Systembolaget.se här!

  • What about a seafood risotto with some crisp white wine?

    Now when it’s warmer outside, don’t you think it is just delicious with fresh fish, asparagus and white wine?

    With asparagus I recommend a dry Furmint, Riesling or Sylvaner with a good acidity, as the acidity in the asparagus quite easily “kills” red wine.

    For fish we often want lemon, and here it can also be difficult to match red wine, or wine in general. I recommend a crispy white; a nice Sancerre from Loire (grape Sauvignon Blanc), a dry Riesling, or our favourite  naturally; Furmint from 2016.

    We have just made our own seafood risotto with fresh green asparagus and paired it with Furmint 2016 och Furmint Zephyr, it was a real treat I can tell you!

    Check out the recipe here.

    Bon apetit!

    Lovisa

  • Furmint Barrique in top 5 wines of Systembolaget News release

    Old news that are new to us! We have just discovered that our beautiful Furmint Barrique 2009 was in the top 5 white wines in the news release at Systembolaget in January according to Vinguiden.com and the wine journalist Johan Franco Cereceda. And there were over 100 wines to taste your way through! We are naturally very happy for this acknowledgement, please find the complete article here:  

    Hungry Wines Furmint Barrique 2009

    “Flowery, matured fruit, aromatic, perfumed, sweet smell with some minerality. Proper grape concentration in a more mature style; very dry taste, dried fruit, apricots with some mineral tones and proper length in a fortified-wine-inspired style.

    Hungry Wines Furmint Barrique 2009

  • Kadarka recommended spring wine

    Amalia Gonzales is writing in “Inrikesmagasinet” 26/3:

    “Hungary – so much more than sweet wines.” – Well, we completely agree that there are plenty of well made wines in Hungary!

    “Are you into lighter red wines with aromas of mature red berries, leather and a full after taste, Hungry Wines Kadarka is something for you!”

  • High points for The Golden Cuvée by Winefactory

    In Denmark, a group of wine connoisseurs calling themselves winefactory.dk has posted an entertaining video talking about Hungry Wines The Golden Cuvée. They think the wine is well balanced and great value, giving it 90 points.

    This is how they describe themselves: 

    “Winefactory have since October 2009 been fighting to make the wine world more accessible for everyone!”

    Give it a try, but we know we need to get some translation into place for you non-Danish speaking 🙂

    Wine Factory – Hungry Wines Furmint Tokaji

  • Splendid Danish video review of Furmint Barrique!

    In Denmark, a group of wine connoisseurs calling themselves winefactory.dk has posted an entertaining video talking about Hungry Wines Furmint barrique 2009 and 2011. Not to mention giving the wines really good scores; 90 and 91 points respectively!

    This is how they describe themselves: 

    “Winefactory have since October 2009 been fighting to make the wine world more accessible for everyone!”

    Give it a try, but we know we need to get some translation into place for you non-Danish speaking 🙂

    Wine Factory – Hungry Wines Furmint Tokaji

     

     

  • Hungry Wines Kadarka one of Best buys at Systembolaget’s online shop!

    Terese Cedergren, wine journalist, sommelier and head of the blog site foodfolder.se  – a meeting place for food and drinks just wrote some nice words about Hungry Wines Kadarka:

    “Best buys online at Systembolaget’s online shop – Beställningssortimentet” Jan 29 2017:

    “Hungry Wines Kadarka 2015 – Light with cherry tones and spiciness with floral tones made from the Hungarian grape Kadarka that is cultivated in southern Hungary. Interesting and perfect for people who don’t like heavy wines. Would love to bring it to a blind tasting as I don’t think there are many that would get it right 😉 Works perfectly to dishes with fish, chicken or veggies. 150 kr Order the wine here!

  • Hungary as a wine country – 10 interesting facts

    1. Wine is produced in almost all of Hungary (except the country’s south Eastern part), in total 22 wine regions whereof Tokaj is the most well-known.
    2. Under kommunisttiden då det var fokus på kvantitet och planekonomi rasade kvalitén på vinproduktionen. Sedan 1991 har situationen förbättrats radikalt och Ungern är återigen ett framstående vinland.
    3. Inte mindre än 8 platser och destinationer i Ungern finns representerade på UNESCOS berömda lista över världsarv – så ett besök till Ungern behöver inte endast handla om vin 😉
    4. Den bördiga jorden lämpar sig väl för jordbruk – i sand, vulkanisk sten, lera, sandsten och lössjord odlas stora mängder paprika, vitlök och örtkryddor tillsammans med aprikoser, päron, körsbär och vindruvor.
    5. Det mest kända vinet från Ungern är skapad av en mögelsvamp! Som fick namnet ädelröta (Botrytis cinerea) & Ludvig XIV kallade vinet (aszú): Kungarnas vin, vinernas kung. (”Vinum regum, rex vinorum”)
    6. Det har troligen odlats vin här sedan urminnes tider; romerska kejsare lät forsla vin från Balaton-sjön till Rom
    7. Tokaj omnämns i de medeltida krönikorna. Det söta vinet (Aszú) från regionen exporterades över hela Europa och tillskrevs även magiska egenskaper – Johan III lät till exempel behandla sin sjuka häst med det. (Läs mer om Tokaj och Aszú i vårt speciella Tokaj-inlägg här)
    8. Druvorna: Tokajviner görs främst av tre vinsorter: Furmint, Hárslevelü och Muskotály. I de mest kända rödvinsregionerna Eger och Villány är de lokala Kéfrankos och Kadarka vanliga.
    9. Även internationella druvor: Jämsides med de traditionella ungerska druvsorterna, är de stora sorterna av blå druvor som Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir och Shiraz populära. Av gröna druvor dominerar Chardonnay och Sauvignon Blanc.
    10. Furmint är en grön druva mest känd för att den ingår i de söta Tokajvinerna från Ungern, men den odlas även i Österrike under namnet Zapfner eller Mosler. Läs mer om Furmint i vårt speciella furmint-inlägg här. 
  • What is so special about Tokaj?

    Tokaj is an institution. It is a Unesco world heritage, it is beautiful, volcaneous and most of all, spectacular wines are being made here. The region is situated in the northeastern Hungary on the border to Slovakia and includes barely 6000 hectares of wine land (the size of a single appellation in Bordeaux!) Thanks to the amount of dead volcanoes in the area, Tokaj has a very complex terroir; a soil that was created through layers of marina fossil chalk, loose soil and mud. Tokaj is mentioned in the medieval writings. The sweet wine from the region was exported to the whole of Europe and assigned magical qualities – Johan III treated his sick horse with it. Fredrik the Great drank it together with Voltaire and Goethe invited Faust. If this was not enough, the World’s first classification of vineyards based on quality was established in the region of Tokaj around 1700.

    (karta från winefolly.com)

    Aszú – “a wine for kings – the king of wines”

    This is how Ludvig XIV described the sweet wine from Tokaj, 100 years before French Sauternes rised to similar fame with its wine of noble rot! Tokaj wines are made mainly from 3 grape varieties; Furmint, Hárslevelü and Muskotály (muscat blanc à petits grains) but also Kövérszölö, Zéta and Kabar are allowed. The most curious is that the this most well-known wine from Hungary is created from mould! That got the name noble rot (Botrytis cinerea). the mould is developed in the skin during humid conditions and the grapes are simply left on the vines to dry until they have shrivelled and their natural sugar content maximised.

    The most sweet and noble wine, Tokaji Eszencia, is made completely out of aszú grapes and can reach a sugar content of as much as 800g per liter. During a long time this sugar chock of a wine was thought to have healing properties and was reserved to the kings’ deathbed for their final trip to heaven. Both Aszú och Aszú Eszencia have an extremely long life-length, Eszencia can be stored as long as 200 years!

    Dry whites are the new focus – Furmint in the centre

    It is interesting that the production of sweet wines actually has decreased to only stand for around 1% in the region, despite the fact that the sweet is the wine associated the most with Tokaj. In later years the white wines have increased rapidly in quality, to currently being able to compete with the real top wines. Furmint is a grape with high acid that is expressing terroir fantastically well (this is similar to Chardonnay). The wines become complex and concentrated. The character is often delicate with pear, spices, floral notes and mineralogy, if the earth is rich in mineral like in Tokaj. The high acid contributes to a large storage potential.

    Wines made of Furmint can handle everything from flavourful dishes of pork, cheese and charkuterie, to fat fish dishes. Except Furmint there are many dry or half dry wines made out of the grape Hárslevelü in Tokaj. Also this grape gives wines with high acidity, full body, floral and spice, but even more aromatic tones. There are a number of known winemakers in Tokaj, from István Szepsy, who is considered almost an icon in the region, to several less known some of whom delivers wine to Michelin-restaurants. Try something new, a dry Tokaj can be one of the most unexpected and exciting wines you have tried in a long time! 

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    István Dorogi, from the family winery Dorogi Brothers.