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Liter-ally, the Only Way to Start the New Year

Liter-ally, the Only Way to Start the New Year

SLOVENIA In classic post holiday season fashion, I’m just now writing the January newsletter on the 10th. January feels like you need to pop the clutch...
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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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Wine Wednesday Spotlight

#WineWednesday Spotlight #168: Bodrog Borműhely Furmint Botrytis Selection

#WineWednesday Spotlight #168: Bodrog Borműhely Furmint Botrytis Selection

HUNGARY It’s Furmint February and time to drink Furmint! Furmint February is a campaign to promote Furmint, Hungary’s most widely planted white grape....
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#WineWednesday Spotlight #167: Trapl Sankt Laurent Reserve

#WineWednesday Spotlight #167: Trapl Sankt Laurent Reserve

AUSTRIA A great review from The Wine Enthusiast Magazine for the Trapl Sankt Laurent Reserve: 94 Points The dark allure of elderberry and black cherry has...
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#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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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

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

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

CROATIA

Balkan Wine Box

Balkan Wine Box

As you drive up and down the Croatian coast and up into the Karst ridden hinterlands of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is one constant smell: the... More Croatia