Rachel From Shiverick
Pouring Wines From France, Austria, and Italy
Jean Medeville, Bordeaux Blanc 2018
A frequent comment we’ve heard is, they make white in Bordeaux? An understandable comment considering red Bordeaux’s are some of the most prized wines in the world. The white’s may not have the same standing, but they shouldn’t be discounted. The two primary grapes used are sauvignon blanc and sémillon and this bottle consists of 50% of the former and 40% of the latter with the addition of 10% muscadelle. It’s a delightful summer white with notes of apple, citrus, and light herbal notes.
Diwald, Zweigelt Grossriedenthaler 2018
Zweigelt is Austria’s most planted red grape and is a crossing of blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. Although commonly used as a single varietal it is often blended with cabernet sauvignon and merlot to create an Australian twist on a Bordeaux blend. This bottle from Diwald is made from organic grapes and displays juicy red fruit, spice, and a touch of smoke.
Montaribaldi, Mosto di Uve Birbet NV
Lambrusco is a great go-to summer red but for something a bit different, why not try a birbet, made from 100% brachetto. It’s fresh and fragrant with red berry, roses, a hint of sweetness, and a light spritz. A warm weather delight!
Athena From Palinkerie
Pouring Wines From Hungary
Athena Bochanis founded Palinkerie in 2013 to, in her words, present the proud legacy and exciting development of Hungarian wine to the US market. We are excited to share some of these wonderful wines with you.
Somloi Vsndor, Nagy-Somloi Juhfark 2019
Juhfark (pronounced you-fark) is a grape that comes from the Somolo region of Hungary. The grapes are grown only on volcanic soils and this bottle comes from the distinctively fiery terroir of Somló, an extinct volcanic butte located north of Lake Balaton. It has wonderful aromatics while the palate delivers a savory blend of tropical fruit, smoke, salinity, and earth. These qualities make it a great match with a variety of foods such as sautéed mushrooms, smoked cheese, and game birds.
Lenkey Pinceszet, Flow 2017
Flow is an unoaked wine made from the native furmint grape which come from several of winemaker Lenkey Pincészet’s strictly controlled volcanic vineyards in Mád, Tokaj. The grapes were hand-picked and fermented spontaneously in steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine is aged for an additional 6 months in the tank and 2 years in the bottle. The finished wine has waxy, herbal aromas; with flavors of apples, apricots, and melon. It’s a unique wine with great character!
Gal Tibor, Titi Egri Bikaver 2019
In recent years, Hungarian wines have been gaining in prominence and Gál Tibor is one of the wineries leading the charge. Founded in 1993, it has emerged as one of the preeminent wineries in the Eger wine region. Their Egri Bikavér, also referred to as Bull’s Blood, is one of Hungary’s most famous wines.The name of the wine originates from an event that happened in Eger during a Turkish siege of the city. The Hungarian troops were fed local food and red wine from nearby vineyards and rumor spread that this dark red wine was mixed with bulls' blood to give the 2,000 soldiers strength. This may be folklore but it’s certainly a great story to share while enjoying this bottle with friends. It’s a blend of kékfrankos (also known as blaufränkisch), kadarka (Hungary’s best known grape), syrah, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot The grapes are grown on sustainable vineyards located on the volcanic and limestone hills of Eger. It’s a smooth and easy drinking red showing savory red fruit, spice, and supple tannin. Drink it like a local and pair it with a hearty bowl of stew or a cut of game meat.