Bringing Tokaj to the US – Samuel Tinon

Samuel Tinon
Winemaker Samuel Tinon

I just happened to be listening to an interview with British wine writer Hugh Johnson last week (a major investor in Tokaj in his own right) speaking about getting the Royal Tokaji Company off the ground in the early 1990s. One of the names he mentions as ‘saving the day’ concerning the inaugural vintage was Samuel Tinon. Samuel has been going nonstop in Tokaj ever since and was even the first Frenchman to permanently settle in the appellation post Communism.

Botritized grape
Botritized grape

Although born in the sweet wine appellation of Sainte Croix du Mont in France, he and his wife Mathilde have chosen Tokaj for wine and for raising their three children. As patient zero for botrytized winemaking, Tokaj’s sweet wines were the favored drink and muse for Leo Tolstoy, Pablo Neruda, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Diderot, and Voltaire among many others. Samuel is equally convinced of the unique quality of the place, people and wines living there today.

Flor growing on top of the Szamorodni

It’s also been nearly 20 years since he’s been to California. I’ll be dragging him around the Bay November 14th-15th and presenting seven new wines plus perhaps a few special extras. Ranging from dry/off dry Furmint and Hárslevelű to Dry Szamorodni and of course Aszú, this is special opportunity to dig into all things Tokaj.

Bottles of Aszú wine in the cellar

From the first wave of foreign investments 25 years ago to his own private operation today, Samuel can speak to how the world’s first classified wine region has the potential to re-position itself as one of the great classics again. Tokaj is no longer static or just exalting past greatness but actively moving forward. Let’s taste it!

Hatari vineyard
Határi, one of Tokaj’s best vineyards

We hope you can join us and meet Samuel Tinon at these events:

• Thursday, November 10 2016, 6:30 pm, New York:
Samuel Tinon at Bouley Restaurant
• Saturday November 12 2016, 2 pm – 4 pm Santa Cruz:
Samuel Tinon at Soif
• Monday November 14 2016, 7 pm – 9 pm, San Francisco:
In Conversation With: Samuel Tinon at Ruby Wines
• Tuesday November 15 2016, 8 pm, San Francisco:
Tinon at Lord Stanley
• Wednesday November 16 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm North Hollywood:
Samuel Tinon at Liquid Assets Cellars
• Thursday November 17 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm Los Angeles:
Samuel Tinon at Lou’s wine shop
• Friday November 18 2016, 7 pm Los Angeles:
De Porres Dinner Series with Samuel Tinon
• Saturday November 19 2016, 5 pm – 8 pm Culver City:
Samuel Tinon at Bar & Garden