Törley Gála: Top 100 Value Brands of the Year

Our Törley Gála was recognized as one of the Wine & Spirits Magazine 2012 100 Top Value Brands of the Year and also received a Best Buy designation: 87 Points Törley Etyek Gála Sec (Best Buy): a charmat-method blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling and királyleányka, this is frothy and floral. The clean, crisp red apple and green pear flavors make it a refreshing aperitif or companion to a seafood curry. Our Törley Hungaria Grande Cuvée also received a Best Buy designation: 86 Points Törley Etyek Hungaria Grande Cuvée Brut (Best Buy): Törley’s flagship bottling, this is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and riesling fermented in bottle and left on the lees for a year and a half. broad and full with sweet red apple flavors, it’s weighted for richer dishes, like biscuits and gravy at brunch.

Jeff Berlin of À Côté

Jeff Berlin “Your wine list definitely leans toward the esoteric: Slovakian riesling, kadarka from Hungary, a cornalin from Switzerland and recently an entire zierfandler flight. How are you able to get away with a list like that?” Jeff Berlin, the General Manager of Oakland’s À Côté restaurant is one of our biggest supporters. Jeff was recently interviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine about the success of his unique outstanding wine list. Read the entire interview.

Our Top 5 Wines in 2011

This afternoon I got a call from our friend and wine brother, Luis Moya of Vinos Unico. Luis had another one of his many – often very good – marketing ideas. He was just about to post their Top 5 Wines for 2011 on the Vinos Unico web site. Luis wanted to convince me to do the same and later we would together with our colleagues from Return to Terroir selected and market the Top 5 wines of the famous in-famous #Port4lio group. I told Luis that this is a great idea but that we are already overworked and overcommitted. If you know Luis you know that he does not give up and never sleeps, so two hours later I see a tweet in which Luis asks us to put some effort into this project and to publish our Top 5 on our web site. So here they are: No 1: Donkey Peljesac, Plavac Mali, Vinarija Dingac, Peljesac Peninsula 2010No 2: Geyerhof: Gruner Veltliner Rosensteig, Kremstal 2009No 3: Bibich, B6 Riserva, Northern Dalmatia 2008No 4: Eszterbauer Kadarka, Szekszard 2009No 5: Kabaj Rebula, Goriska Brda 2008 Cheers, and Thank You for your support.

Bistro SF Grill Rocks

Hosts Hasim, Seni, and Gino at Bistro SF Grill. San Francisco has recently added a very vivid food destination and we are happy to be part of it with our wines: Bistro SF Grill. This is a gourmet burger restaurant owned and managed by three multi-talented friends hailing from Bosnia-Herzegovina: Hasim, Seni, and Gino. We sometimes jokingly call them the ‘Balkan Trio’. The line-up. In a short couple of months the trio has managed to put their ‘almost famous’ burgers on top of the heap. This is not your ordinary burger joint where the choices are between American or Swiss cheese. At Bistro SF Grill they serve only the finest beef some of it as exotic as Alligator, Buffalo, and Ostrich. Then there is a Lamb Burger and another made from organically fed Kobe beef. I tried most of them and my favorite is the Balkan Burger, made from a mix of lamb and beef with savory spices. Our wines from Balkan countries like Slovenia and Croatia pair beautifully with these burgers. For instance, try the Donkey Dingac or the Bibich Riserva R6 with a Balkan burger and you will agree that the wine will make the flavors jump. The … Continue reading Bistro SF Grill Rocks

Batič & Kabaj visiting NYC, PHX, LA & SF

Jean-Michel and Tomo of Kabaj – Miha Batič. We are pleased to announce the visit of two Slovenian wine makers in California in May: Miha Batič represents a pioneering organic estate in Vipava Valley. Jean-Michel Morel and Tomo Čeh come from Kabaj in Goriška Brda. Kabaj is reknowned for their unique Amphora and long maceration wines. Meet them at one of the many events we are planning. You can read the full schedule on the new community site Slovenes in USA. Please welcome Jean Michel of Kabaj when he makes his 1st step into an American Wine Bar: Terroir NY Tribeca, Thursday, May 12, 1-4pm. Jean will pour a selection of his finest wines for trade & media. R.S.V.P. required. On his trip from New York to Los Angeles Kabaj will meet and work with two James Beard Award nominees: The first is Chairman Paul Grieco of Terroir NY who was nominated for Excellence in Wine Service. We are very happy that Paul graciously agreed to host Kabaj for his first ever tasting in the United States at his renowned wine bar in Tribeca. The trade mark logo of Terroir NY. It is an honor that the first wine dinner … Continue reading Batič & Kabaj visiting NYC, PHX, LA & SF

Roads Less Traveled Tours

Typical Karst village and vineyard in Slovenia. I’ve spent the past 12 years exploring many of the former Yugoslav countries. And while many people are still trying to figure out where all these “new” countries are, I am already looking past the borders and delving into the diversity and unique qualities of specific regions. So welcome to the Karst, one of my long time favorites. It’s a captivating place filled with limestone caves, hidden castles & hill top villages, wind ripened prosciutto and the bold flavor of Teran wine (AKA Refošk). The Karst is located in the south western part of Slovenia, close by the Adriatic coast and just an hour south of the majestic Julian Alps A one hour drive from the capital city of Ljubljana and travelers will find the backroads all to themselves. It’s wonderful to find a place that has such a strong tourist infrastructure yet remains decidedly un-touristy. The regional tourism board has a helpful list of agrotourisms (offering both lodging and mouthwatering dinners) along with wineries, honey producers and prosciutto cellars that will keep stomachs full in this blissful place. The landscape is dotted with “gostilnas”, local eateries that serve up generous portions of … Continue reading Roads Less Traveled Tours

The New Wave of Blue Danube Wines

The long run of the Danube River from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. It is with pride and pleasure that we invite the trade and media to join us at our special upcoming tasting events. We will be introducing the latest arrivals from Hungary and Croatia. Our hosts, A Cote, Da Flora and Mignon, will be serving appetizers inspired from their travels along the road from Budapest to Venice. This is our best selection from Hungary ever and the U.S. Premiere of most of the wines: * First organic vintage of the popular Pfneiszl Kekfrankos. * First U.S. showing of the fiery Kadarka from up-and-coming estate Eszterbauer. * Vylyan’s Pinot Noir, considered the best Hungarian PN to date (Caroline Gilby MW). * New vintages from red wine super star Attila Gere: Portugieser, KOPAR, SOLUS. * Sweet and dry premium Tokaji wines from top estate Patricius. * First arrival of beautiful Tokaji wines by artisanal wine maker Judit Bott as featured in the recent NY Times article on Tokaj–Hidden in Hungary,Treasures on the Vine. From Croatia we will introduce our first red Teran, delve deep into the story of Malvasia and share super premium wines from one of the … Continue reading The New Wave of Blue Danube Wines

Hungarian Heritage Month at Maximilians

A full program during the month of November. It is our pleasure to announce that the one and only Hungarian restaurant in Los Angeles, Maximilian’s is celebrating the Hungarian Heritage Month in November. There will be a series of cultural events, dances and music, special menus, and of course: Hungarian wines. Please see Maximilian’s web site for more information. We invite all of you to a special tasting event with a superlative line-up of wines at Maximilian’s on Sunday, November 28th from 2 to 5pm. On this day we will present for the first time our new arrivals from Hungary. We are convinced that our Hungarian portfolio has never been better and is really showcasing what this ancient wine country has to offer: Taste with us the first organic Kekfrankos made by the Pfneiszl sister. Another premier in the U.S. is the spicy Kadarka from Eszterbauer in Szekszard. From the red wine paradise Villany we’ll pour wines from wine maker super star Attila Gere, including his famous KOPAR. And from Tokaj we’ll bring the dry and sweet wines from top estate Patricius. These fine wines will please everybody and they demonstrate that quality wine production is back and alive in … Continue reading Hungarian Heritage Month at Maximilians

25 Grapes and Portfolilo Tastings in San Diego

Portfolio for the trade – 25 Grapes for consumers. We are very happy to bring our wines after San Francsico and Los Angeles, now to San Diego. Together with our friends from Vinos Unico who are importing Spanish and Portuguese wines we are inviting you to two tasting events on Monday, October 25th at 3rd Corner Wine Shop and Bistro. The first one from 2 to 4pm is called ‘Portfolio’ and is addressed to the trade. The second one is open to the public from 5 to 7pm. We call it ’25 Grapes you have never tasted before.’ You are invited to explore with us new and exciting grapes with unique tasty flavors. Both events are not to be missed. We are looking forward to see you there.

Tasting event at Seasons

Mike Dunne’s Blog: A Year in Wine. Our friend Tamas Torok recently hosted an extended sit-down tasting at his restaurant Seasons in Davis, CA. We designed a flight showcasing Hungary’s best white, red, and sweet wines. Well known wine connoisseur Darrell Corti of Corti Brothers in Sacramento attended together with Mike Dunne, the Sacramento Bee’s former wine and food editor. Read Mike’s article From Hungary, Diversity and Quality. The stars of the tasting were Tokaj’s classic grapes: Furmint, Harslevelu, Yellow Muscat from Patricius and Zoltan Demeter in their dry & Aszu styles. Medium bodied reds made from native grapes paired well with home-made Hungarian food: Gere Portugieser and Pfneiszl Kekfrankos.