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Blauer Lunch with Dorli Muhr

Blauer Lunch with Dorli Muhr

Papilles Bistro
6221 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Thursday, April 13, 11am-2pm

It is our great pleasure to invite you to a luncheon at Papilles Bistro on April 13, hosted by Dorli Muhr - proprietor of Muhr-van der Niepoort Winery located on Spitzerberg in Carnuntum, Austria.

Those familiar will recognize Muhr Van Der Niepoort Blaufrankisch as among Austria's very best. Ironically, at arms length Blaufrankisch is barely legible on the front label of Samt & Seide and completely absent from the Spitzerberg label yet both are 100% varietal wines. This is because Dorli is most interested in the effect Spitzerberg's limestone slopes and particular micro climate have on Blaufrankisch.

Not just philosophy, the greatness of this cru is best illustrated by tasting verticals of Muhr van Der Niepoort with Dorli. Surprisingly elegant and age worthy wines that must be served with fine food to be fully enjoyed. Chef Jordan Rosas' menu will be inspired by Dorli's favorite combinations and what is available at the market that day.

Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00 please arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Spaces are limited, please RSVP to orshi@bluedanubewine.com
TRADE AND MEDIA ONLY

The Portugese/Austrian Connection

The Portugese/Austrian Connection

Soif
105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Saturday April 8th 2:00PM 4:00PM

Coming in April, from the Carnuntum region of Austria, Dorli Muhr will be with us at Soif to taste her exceptional Blaufrankish as well as a few other delicious wines. With help from her viticultural partner Dirk van-der-Niepoort of the famed Port house, Dorli's wines are elegant and express the unique style and locale of the Spitzerberg Estate in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains.

New School Hungary at Bay Grape

New School Hungary at Bay Grape

Bay Grape
376 Grand Avenue
Oakland, California 94610

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April 2, 3:00-4:00pm $20
Hungarian wines are old news. Seriously, the region of Tokaj was the first ever to have its vineyards formally classified--in the 1700s! The last century and the Iron Curtain knocked Hungarian wines down a few rungs on the proverbial ladder, but the fall of communism and new investment in winemaking regions has brought Hungary's wines screaming back onto the scene and full of innovation. Hungarian wine expert (and also one of the most hilarious, compelling speakers in our industry) Eric Danch will be teaching class today introducing us to the country's most exciting "new school" producers while priming us on regions to look for and how the heck to pronounce Hárslevelű.

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in NY

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in NY

Rouge Tomate Chelsea, 126 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

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March 26th, 2:30pm-4pm

John is the author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award, and "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject” according to Drinks Business Magazine. See the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine for a full review of John’s book, which was also listed among the top drinks books of 2016 in The Guardian, Forbes Magazine, Decanter, Globe & Mail and JancisRobinson.com, among others, establishing a clear interest in this emerging category. John will take you on a visually stunning tour of the world’s most fascinating volcanic regions, share his research and insight gathered along the way, and discuss what makes volcanic wines unique with plenty of examples to make the point.

To reserve your spot please RSVP to contact@johnszabo.com.
Seating is limited, bonafide trade only please.

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in SF

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in SF

The San Francisco Wine School, 415 Grand Ave #301
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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March 24th 2017, 11-12:30

John is the author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award, and "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject” according to Drinks Business Magazine. See the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine for a full review of John’s book, which was also listed among the top drinks books of 2016 in The Guardian, Forbes Magazine, Decanter, Globe & Mail and JancisRobinson.com, among others, establishing a clear interest in this emerging category. John will take you on a visually stunning tour of the world’s most fascinating volcanic regions, share his research and insight gathered along the way, and discuss what makes volcanic wines unique with plenty of examples to make the point.

To reserve your spot please RSVP to contact@johnszabo.com.
Seating is limited, bonafide trade only please.

Wines of Hungary at K&L Wine Merchants

Wines of Hungary at K&L Wine Merchants

K&L Wine Merchants
1400 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028

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Thursday March 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Hungary has over twenty-two designated wine regions today. That’s right, Hungarian wine is more than just sweet Tokaji. Come discover dry Furmint and wines of regions like Somlo which boasts volcanic soils in the north west of Hungary and picturesque, Soproni which sits just next to a beautiful lake on the boarder of Austria.

2014 Samuel Tinon "Birtok" Furmint Tokaji $21.99
2014 Apátsági Hárslevelü Somló $21.99
2014 Attila Gere Portugieser Villány $12.99
2015 Wetzer Kékfrankos Soproni $19.99
2015 Eszterbauer "Sógor" Kadarka Szekszard $17.99

Walk-in only. Line-Up Subject to Change. *Last ticket sold at 7:15pm. Tasting ends promptly at 7:30PM.

Furmint Tasting at Lou's Wine Shop

Furmint Tasting at Lou's Wine Shop

Lou's Wine Shop
1911 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Saturday March 25th 3-7pm

It's Furmint February! Taste Furmint this Saturday with Orshi Kiss at Lou's Wine Shop.

Tasting at the Jug Shop

Tasting at the Jug Shop

The Jug Shop
1590 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, California 94109

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Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us at The Jug Shop Tasting Bar on Thursday, February 23rd. Eric Danch from Blue Danube Wine Company will be here to pour through a collection of wines from some of the oldest known wine producing regions. That's right! The portfolio focus is on delicious wines from Central Europe.

Tickets available here

Wines of Hungary at Hamlet SF

Wines of Hungary at Hamlet SF

Hamlet SF
1199 Church St, San Francisco, California 94114

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Wednesday, February 22 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Time to unpack those old babushkas & lederhosen as we head out to the uniquely intriguing Hungarian wine country! Led by Blue Danube Wine Company's Eric Danch - San Francisco's resident expert on all things Hungarian wine, food & folklore - who will take us through an insanely delicious line-up of dry, sweet, salty, minerally, fruity, gulpable Hungarian juice. The amount of pure passion & relative knowledge being doled out will make your 'fej' spin - trust. And because we love continuity, we'll be serving up Hungarian food of new & old along side the wine (queue up the paprikash & heavenly, pillowy dumplings) because wine always loves food! Hangout after the tasting for glass pours & flights of your favorites all night.

$40 tasting, food & class with all our friends
The Kicker -- courtesy of Noe Valley Wine & Spirits all wines will be available for purchase to take home so you can share & show-off to those friends who missed out.
RSVP here or email john@hamletsf.com

Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Tasting at Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Esters Wine Shop & Bar
1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Sunday, February 19th 3PM-6PM
$25/person for tasting and cheese
10% off retail purchase of wines in the line-up

Drop by anytime in the three-hour window and our staff will guide you through the wines at your own pace

Tasting at Milkfarm

Tasting at Milkfarm

Milkfarm 2106 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
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Saturday February 18, 11am-3pm.

Blue Danubian pop up tasting alert! We love thinking, drinking and sharing. Taste the wines of our regions and soak up a little Danubian knowledge with Orshi Kiss.

She will be pouring: Kreinbacher Brut, Szoke Kiralyleanyka, Gilvesy Bohem, Pfneisl Zweigler and Blaufranker, Heimann Kadarka.

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in LA

Masterclass on volcanic wines with John Szabo MS in LA

Terroni Downtown, 802 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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February 10th 2017, 2:30pm-4pm

John is the author of Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, winner of the 2016 André Simon Award, and "one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject” according to Drinks Business Magazine. See the February issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine for a full review of John’s book, which was also listed among the top drinks books of 2016 in The Guardian, Forbes Magazine, Decanter, Globe & Mail and JancisRobinson.com, among others, establishing a clear interest in this emerging category. John will take you on a visually stunning tour of the world’s most fascinating volcanic regions, share his research and insight gathered along the way, and discuss what makes volcanic wines unique with plenty of examples to make the point.

To reserve your spot please RSVP to contact@johnszabo.com.
Seating is limited, bonafide trade only please.

Hungarian wine tasting at K&L Wine Merchants

Hungarian wine tasting at K&L Wine Merchants

K&L Wine Merchants
3005 El Camino Real, Redwood City, California 94061

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Friday 5 PM - 6:30 PM
It’s rare that we dig into the wines of some lesser-known but nonetheless well established wine regions such as Hungary and Georgia. Please join us this Friday for a fun tasting featuring the following wines:

Attila Gere Portugeiser 2014 $12.99
Patricius Furmint 2014 $16.99
Samuel Tinon “Birtok” Furmint 2014 $21.99
Spiegelberg “Wedding Night Wine” Somlo 2011 $32.99
Wetzer Kekfrankos Soproni 2015 $19.99

Walk-in only. Line-Up Subject to Change. $5 to taste.

Tasting Seminar: Wines of Hungary

Tasting Seminar: Wines of Hungary

18 Reasons
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Whenever we have a tasting led by Eric Danch, you can expect to taste some interesting and incredible wines that you may never have thought to try before. In this course, he will be introducing us to the wines of Hungary, some of the most mysterious and lauded in the world.

Price: $55.00, Member Price: $50.00

New Year's Eve at Soif

New Year's Eve at Soif

Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar
105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Taste the Honey Brined Pork Tenderloin with braised cabbage, chestnut puree, glazed apples, cider jus with the 2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane!

Here is the full menu:

$75 Per Guest
$35 optional wine pairing supplement
(tax and gratuity not included)

Amuse Bouche
Duck liver mousse crostini, kumquat, arugula
NV Bohigas Cava Brut Reserva – Catalonia, Spain

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Roasted Heirloom Carrots – herb yogurt mousse, puffed grains, Meyer lemon 2012 Parovel “Vinja Barde” Malvasia Istriana – Friuli, Italy

Belgium Endive & Chicory Salad – roasted beets, Pink Lady apples, winter citrus 2014 Jean-Marc Gilet Vouvray “Cuvée Silex” Chenin Blanc – Loire Valley, France

Local Dungeness Crab Bisque – crab salad, crème fraiche, radish
2014 Punta Crena Vermentino – Liguria, Italy

Crisp Fried Quail – shaved fennel, pear & arugula salad, pomegranate glaze
2011 Anselmet Fumin “élevé en fût de chêne” – Valle d’Aoste, Italy

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Crescenza Cheese & Nettle Ravioli – locally foraged wild mushroom Bolognese
2015 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley, Australia

Seared Bacon-wrapped Sea Scallops – lobster Hoppin’ John
2015 Monte Tondo Corvina – Veneto, Italy

Honey Brined Pork Tenderloin – braised cabbage, chestnut puree, glazed apples, cider jus
2013 Gotsa Family Wines Mtsvane – Kakheti, Georgia

Sonoma Duck Breast – braised duck bisteeya, cauliflower couscous, dates, almonds
2014 Ser “Wirz Vineyard” Cabernet Pfeffer – Cinega Valley, California

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Meyer Lemon Pavlova – blood orange mousse, toasted almonds, vanilla crème
2014 Birichino Muscat Canelli – Monterey County, California

Double Chocolate Pot de Creme – salted caramel, whipped cream, chocolate gingerbread cookie
NV Niepoort Tawny Port – Douro Valley, Portugal

Our House-made Sorbets – persimmon & dark chocolate, pistachio biscotti
Blandy’s 10 year Bual – Madeira, Portugal

Artisan Cheese plate – Meadow Creek’s Appalachian, quince aioli, rosemary pecans, honeycomb
2015 Carl Loewen “Herrenberg” Riesling Kabinett – Mosel, Germany

Hungarian goodness at TableWine Merchant

Hungarian goodness at TableWine Merchant

TableWine Merchant
Linda Mar Center, 1237 Linda Mar Shopping Center,
Pacifica, CA 94044

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Saturday, December 17th, All day
Eric Danch returns to Table Wine with another round of Hungarian wines! Why? Because they're awesome! 3 favorites just arrived with their new vintage plus 3 brand new wines to the shop:

2012 Fekete Bele Juhfark, Somlo
Juhfark (Hungarian for Sheep’s tail) is a distinctive, almost extinct white grape variety found almost exclusively in the tiny ancient volcano of Somló. The clusters are long, tightly packed and curve a little at the end hence the Sheep’s tail moniker. Naturally very high in acidity, it’s also fairly neutral on its own and instead absorbs and communicates the volcanic terroir rather than pronounced fruit flavors. However, after a few years in bottle this wine really comes alive. Liquid volcano in a glass!
2013 Bott "Hatari" Harslevelu, Tokaj
Hárslevelü means “linden leaf” referring not to the shape of the leaf, but the subtle floral aromatics. Thin-skinned and late ripening, it’s the delicately perfumed counterpart to furmint's more strong-armed acidity and spice. The red line that runs through every vintage of the cru Hátari are the pronounced aromas of poached stone fruit, citrus zest and spice. When young, the wines are like “an open flower” according to Judit, but with age transitions to the scent of the sea. It is this highly mineral character Hátari imparts that make it so appropriate for the “pretty” varieties. Like the rest of the Bott wines, a long and slow native fermentation in oak results in a highly cerebral wine while maintaining its yumminess. Badass wine made by a Badass female producer.
2014 Kikelet Furmint, Tokaj
Another prominent female figure in Tokaj, she comes from France's Loire valley and these mineral laced high acid whites are in her blood! A 100% Furmint, fermented with native yeasts and aged on its lees in French and Hungarian oak barrels for 4-5 months including a few new Hungarian barrels. The wine shows lots of minerality on the nose, flowery aromas and notes of flint and green pear. The palate has a stunning freshness, with a citrusy high acidity, balanced by a rich structure.
2015 Wetzer Kekfrankos, Sopron
Peter Wetzer’s Kékfrankos ripens late and is often picked in late October and into November. Acidity is by no means compromised and this wine is impossibly bright and put together thanks to over a year on the lees. While perfumed, tart, and earthy like other serious Kékfrankos/Blaufränkisch can be, there is a remarkable texture to this wine. This is the kind of Hungarian red we’d pour for someone looking for an old world Pinot Noir in terms of weight, acid and structure while certainly being open to the spicier and tarter fruit flavors unique to Hungary.
2012 Heimann "Bikaver" (Bulls Blood) Eger
While Eger and Szekszárd can both legally make Bikavér (Bulls Blood), the soil, climate and styles are dramatically different. Kékfrankos is the base of the blend and Kadarka adds the “paprika like” spice while the Bordeaux varieties are well suited to add weight, texture and aromatics. Inspired by Umbrian wines, cuttings were brought back and they enjoy the loess soil and sunshine. A blend of 41% old vine Kékfrankos, 6% Kadarka, 22% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 10% Sagrantino, the 2013 is a successful balancing act between adhering to tradition while celebrating a much more connected wine world than the appellation has ever known.

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