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Don’t fear the Juhfark

Don’t fear the Juhfark

HUNGARY The book Wine Grapes refers to Juhfark (Yew-fark) as “perhaps the least modern or internationally appealing of Hungarian varieties.” Sold! We...
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An Interview With Sales Manager Eric Danch

An Interview With Sales Manager Eric Danch

HUNGARY Blue Danube California Sales and Hungarian Portfolio Manager Eric Danch discusses the state of the California market, the appeal indigenous grapes,...
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Pannon-demic Outbreak: Bott Frigyes, Wetzer, Kolonics, Apátsági and Heimann

Pannon-demic Outbreak: Bott Frigyes, Wetzer, Kolonics, Apátsági and Heimann

HUNGARY The final container of 2018 is a coincidental snapshot of some of my favorite things happening in the region. We’ve added another Somlói tier...
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Moldy grapes are better

Moldy grapes are better

HUNGARY Most of the 2018 fruit is in across the portfolio, and seeing all of the harvest action over social media is a reminder of how diverse and special...
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Wine Wednesday Spotlight

#WineWednesday Spotlight #166: Bott Frigyes Kékfrankos

#WineWednesday Spotlight #166: Bott Frigyes Kékfrankos

NEWS The Bott Frigyes Kékfrankos is not the first wine from the Kékfrankos grape that SommSelect Sommelier David Lynch has offered but “this version...
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#WineWednesday Spotlight #165: Kikelet Lonyai Hárslevelű

#WineWednesday Spotlight #165: Kikelet Lonyai Hárslevelű

HUNGARY Last month, Wine & Spirits Magazine published its “Year’s Best Hungarian Wines” comprised of 16 wines rated exceptional (90+ points) by...
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#WineWednesday Spotlight #164: Geyerhof Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig

#WineWednesday Spotlight #164: Geyerhof Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig

AUSTRIA The Geyerhof Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig is one of my favorite winter wines, crisp, spicy, zippy and delicious with Dungeness crabs and fresh...
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HUNGARY

It’s Springtime! Megjött a kikelet!

It’s Springtime! Megjött a kikelet!

When French eonologist Stéphanie Berecz founded Kikelet Pince with her husband Zsolt in Tarcal, Tokaj, she wanted a name that was easy to write... More Hungary

SLOVENIA

That’s what I do. I drink Peneče and I know things…

That’s what I do. I drink Peneče and I know things…

Whenever I hear Pétillant-naturel, methode ancestrale, Pét-nat, or even Peneče, I don’t immediately think Loire, I think Berkeley. Back in... More Slovenia

SLOVENIA

Pét-Nat, Charmat, Champenoise: plenty of bubbles for the Summer

Pét-Nat, Charmat, Champenoise: plenty of bubbles for the Summer

Pétillant Naturel, or Pét-Nat for short, is a modern trend but its origin is not so new. Pét-Nats are made using the Méthode Ancestrale, the... More Slovenia

HUNGARY

A record number of lots for the 6th Great Tokaj Wine Auction

A record number of lots for the 6th Great Tokaj Wine Auction

It’s hard to believe that it was three years ago this month that Blue Danubians Eric and Frank were inducted to the illustrious Confrérie de... More Hungary