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Tasting Seminar: Wines of Hungary
18 Reasons
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110


Tasting Seminar: Wines of Hungary

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


New Year's Eve at Soif

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

Please Select One:

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

Please Select One:

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

Please Select One:

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


Hungarian goodness at TableWine Merchant

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.
Republic of Georgia Tasting
420 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607


Republic of Georgia Tasting

Wednesday, December 14th, 5:00-7:00pm

The Republic of Georgia is often considered to be the birthplace of viticulture and winemaking, dating back 8000 years. The earliest form of winemaking there involves macerating and aging in clay vessels called Qvevri, which are buried underground. In essence, these are the first “natural” wines, in that there is no use of chemicals, foreign yeasts, or filtration. This practice is so vital to understanding early winemaking that it has been added to UNESCO’s “List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” Thankfully, there are a number of wineries in Georgia who continue to make wine in this traditional manner. On Wednesday, December 14th, we’ll be pouring 4 Qvevri-style wines (3 “amber” or orange wines and one red), all newly arrived to the U.S., all amazing examples of what makes these wines so unique. Joining us is one of our favorite people, Eric Danch from Blue Danube Wine Company, whose knowledge of Georgian wines never ceases to amaze us!

From southeastern Georgia, we’ll be featuring two wines from the Shavnabada Monastery -- the 2004 Mtsvane which spent 6 months fermented on the skins and then 11 years in Qvevri, and the 2009 Saperavi, which spent 6 years in Qvevri. Grown and produced by monks, bottled by hand, sealed with beeswax, and blessed! From Eastern Georgia, we’ll be pouring a Kisi, one of the rarest white grapes, from the winery Doqi, which has 6 months of skin contact. And from high up in the hills of the Asureti Valley, we’ll be pouring the native white varietal Tsitska from Gotsa winery.

Shavnabada Mtsvane 2004
Shavnabada Saperavi 2009
doqi Kisi Qvevri 2014
Gotsa Wines Tsitska 2014

Flight of four wines, $15
As always, featured wines are for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only.
Tasting with Blue Danube at K&L Hollywood
K&L Hollywood
1400 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028


Tasting with Blue Danube at K&L Hollywood

Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings
Thursday December 1 from 5:30 to 7pm:

Whenever we have a Blue Danube tasting you can expect to taste some super eccentric, interesting and incredible wines that you may never have thought to try before. Blue Danube is an importer that focuses on wines from off the beaten path; places like Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Republic of Georgia.
Line up:
2014 Apátsági Hárslevelü
2015 Doqi Mtsvane Kakheti
2015 Heimann Kadarka
2011 Kabaj Merlot
2014 Samuel Tinon "Birtok" Furmint
Samuel Tinon at Bar & Garden
Bar & Garden
6142 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232


Samuel Tinon at Bar & Garden

Saturday November 19th 5 pm to 8 pm
Meet Samuel Tinon and taste his latest vintage.
Tasting + cheese and snacks: $15
De Porres Dinner Series with Samuel Tinon
Casa Micheltorena
1975 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039


De Porres Dinner Series with Samuel Tinon

Friday, November 18th, at 7PM
Tickets are $125.00 per guest and available here. Please note space is limited.

We’ll have the pleasure of hosting winemaker Samuel Tinon. Originally from Bordeaux, Mr. Tinon practiced his craft in Australia, Texas, Chile, and Italy before settling in Tokaj in 1991. The ultimate goal was to one day produce his own sweet wines; ones that would rival the best of his native France. “It took me ten years,” he says, “to express in Tokaj what I had in mind.” And now the fruits of his labor will be ours and yours!
In addition to his much revered Tokaji Aszú, Samuel is now making dry white wines. We’ll begin with three of these before moving to his 2007 Dry Szamorodni, a deeply aromatic and oxidized blend of Furmint, Hárslevelű. We’ll conclude with his 2007 Aszú.
This dinner is a unique opportunity to experience the region through one of its best winemakers. Additionally, you’ll taste for yourself the curious chemistry of Peruvian savories paired with Hungarian wines and Aszú matched with a classic Southern sweet. Lima to Louisville by way of Hungary, it just works.
An Afternoon with Samuel Tinon at Tabula Rasa
Tabula Rasa Bar
5125 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027


An Afternoon with Samuel Tinon at Tabula Rasa

Thursday November 17th 12PM-2PM

“I didn’t move 2,500 kilometers from Bordeaux to make dry wine alone.” These are the words of Samuel Tinon: the literal Willy Wonka of the Wine World. Samuel lives and makes wine in the village of Olaszkliszka in the region of Tokaj, Hungary. 20 years ago there were 16 styles of wine in Tokaj, as was the case in Jerez. As a member of the Confrerie de Tokaji, Samuel along with other members are working to sustain said viticultural diversity in Tokaj. Samuel is quick to remind us all that Tokaj was the favored drink of Leo Tolstoï, Pablo Néruda, Honoré de Balzac, Gustave Flaubert, Diderot, Voltaire, et al. So, come join Samuel and allow him to share his story with you and drink white wines that truly fit the
description: “King of Wine + Wine of Kings.”

**This event is invite only and has a limit of thirty seats.
RSVP ASAP for your seat:

Multi-vineyard Wines:
Olaszliszka Hárslevelű '14
Birtok Furmint '14
Single vineyard Furmints:
Kásás Furmint '15
Megyer Furmint '15
Szent Tamás Furmint'15
Szent Tamás Furmint '14 - GRAND TOKAJ AUCTION

Dry Szamorodni '07
Dry Szamorodni '09 - GRAND TOKAJ AUCTION

5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú '07
Samuel Tinon at Lou's wine shop
Lou's Wine Shop
1911 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027


Samuel Tinon at Lou's wine shop

Thursday November 17th 6pm-8pm
Meet Winemaker Samuel Tinon and experience the region of Tokaj.
Samuel Tinon at Liquid Assets Cellars
Liquid Assets Cellars
12134 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605


Samuel Tinon at Liquid Assets Cellars

Wednesday November 16th, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Please RSVP:

We have the distinct pleasure to welcome and introduce Samuel Tinon, one of the most exciting winemakers of Tokaj, Hungary. Samuel is here for a very special evening as he stops in to visit Los Angeles on the West Coast leg of his trip to the States.

Tokaj's history as a winemaking region goes back to Roman times. Not only is its world famous dessert wine, "tokaji aszú" one of the most prestigious dessert wines in the world, but the region is also producing some outstanding dry wines.

Samuel Tinon was born in Bordeaux in 1969 and grew up on the family estate in Sainte-Croix du Mont, near Bordeaux. He graduated in viticulture and oenology in 1989, then travelled the world as a flying winemaker in Australia, Texas, Chile, and in Italy where he has worked since 1996 in partnership with the Count Brandino Brandolini d'Adda* in Vistorta near Venezia (Friuli).

The Tokaj adventure begins in 1991. He was the first French man to settle in the region, just after the political changes and prior the start of the privatization of the vineyards. During 15 years he worked as a consultant and followed the evolution of the Tokaj styles for different companies.

These multiple experiences brought him to create his own production of Tokaj great sweet wines, having in mind the work of the big châteaux in Bordeaux. "It took me ten years to express in Tokaj what I had in mind."

List of wines (all white):
2014 Birtok Furmint
2015 Megyer Furmint
2015 Kasas Furmint
2015 Olaszliszka Hárslevelu
2007 Dry Szamorodni
2007 Aszú

We will also show a couple of wines from the auction - these are not available anywhere else in the United States and are highly allocated wines.

Grand Tokaj Auction wines:
2009 Dry Szamorodni
2014 Szent Tamás Furmint

Looking forward to see you there.
Tasting at Slope Cellars
Slope Cellars
436 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215


Tasting at Slope Cellars

Tuesday Nov 15, 2016 6pm – 8pm

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 Stetson.
Tinon at Lord Stanley
Lord Stanley
2065 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109


Tinon at Lord Stanley

Tuesday November 15th at 8pm

One communal table with plenty of wine, food, and casual conversation with Samuel. Wines are paired with a prix fixe menu. Please contact Louisa at for reservations. $100 per ticket.
In Conversation With: Samuel Tinon at Ruby Wines
Ruby Wine Merchant
1419 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107


In Conversation With: Samuel Tinon at Ruby Wines

Monday, November 14th, 7-9 pm
$35 a person for 7 wines including some from the Grand Tokaj Auction.
For more information and tickets please contact Pamela Busch at
Meet Samuel Tinon at Soif
105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Meet Samuel Tinon at Soif

Saturday November 12th, 2pm-4pm.
We are thrilled to welcome Samuel Tinon, one of Tokaj's most important winemakers to Soif for a tasting of his exceptional wines. Tokaj, with a documented history that dates back to 1561, is Hungary's most prized wine region. Tokaj made its debut on the world stage in the 1500s, when the first aszu wines were made from grapes affected by botrytis, the noble rot that shrivels and dehydrates the grapes allowing for exceptional sweet wines. In 1737, it became one of the first classified wine regions in the world, was the wine drank by royals, and was even named "the king of wines, wine of kings" by Louis the 14th . Sadly the region, along with the rest of Europe, was devastated by phylloxera in the late 1800s. The 1900s weren't too bright either as the region struggled through world wars and communism until 1989 when the fall of the Berlin Wall marked a new era. In 2002, Tokai was named a World Heritage site, honoring its rich past and exciting future.
Since 1989, Tokai has seen a resurgence of quality and for the first time, serious dry wines from all over the region.
Tinon, a Frenchman born in Bordeaux, is the fifth generation vigneron in his family. He made his first wine at just 10 years old, and moved to Tokaj in 1991. After a short stint at the Royal Tokaj company he moved on to make wine all over the globe - Australia, Chile, Texas, Italy and others, yet Tokaj had captured his attention, and in 2000, he established his own estate in the town of Olaszliszka
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!
We will be pouring:

NV Patricius Pezsgö Brut Furmint, Harslevelu, Yellow Muscat
2014 Tinon Furmint "Birtok"
2014 Tinon Harslevelu Olaszliszka
2015 Tinon Furmint Szent Tamás (Single Vineyard)
2015 Tinon Furmint Megyer (Single Vineyard)
2007 Tinon Szamorodni Száraz (dry)
2007 Tinon Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (Sweet)

The Cost for this event is $15 per guest. As always, wine club members are allowed one free seat. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please email or call 831-423-2020 to reserve a seat.
Winemaker dinner with Samuel Tinon at Bouley
Bouley Restaurant
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013


Winemaker dinner with Samuel Tinon at Bouley

Thursday November 10th
6:30pm Reception, featuring passed canapes;
7pm Dinner featuring a custom 5 course dinner created by Chef Bouley
$295, plus tax and service
Buy tickets here.

Samuel Tinon, from the legendary volcanic wine region Tokaj, Hungary and Chef David Bouley are excited to share their mutual synergies, passion and experience in person on Thursday, November 10 with an inspired Hungarian wine dinner. The five course savory menu will be paired with a selection of exclusively white wine.

David Bouley’s previous restaurant, Danube, emphasized a French approach to the cuisine of Austria and Hungary. The research and development that went into creating Danube restaurant will be revisited and paired with the exceptional wines of Tinon, an expatriate Frenchman producing exciting Tokaj wines.

With the opening of the Danube, the Bouley wine team brought New York diners over one hundred Hungarian and Austrian wines. The excitement and pleasure of these unique wine regions has not diminished, as evidenced by Tinon’s work. David’s experience of presenting Hungarian cuisine through his French background will compliment Mr. Tinon’s distinguished wines.

This event will be a dinner that the Habsburg’s would be proud to share. Clearly demonstrating the cuisine and exciting wine marriage that will provide you with the knowledge, pleasure and accessibility to reproduce for your future celebrations.
Tasting Seminar: Sweet Wine and Savory Food Pairing
18 Reasons
3674 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110


Tasting Seminar: Sweet Wine and Savory Food Pairing

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Most sweet wines are found at the end of a wine list -- or distributed on a separate menu -- only to be seen after we’ve eaten everything except dessert. What a shame! Sweet wines with sweet dessert is often not the ideal pairing; in fact, contrast is the better way to enjoy both the drink and the food!

In this tasting seminar and pairing course, Eric Danch will teach us how to drink like 17th century aristocrats. He will pull wines of different styles and levels of sweetness from Croatia, Austria and Hungary; he'll pair his selections with simple, savory foods like green onion pancakes, washed rind cheese, Indian curry and rice, and pork paté (we'll serve Tartine bread, too; to cleanse the palate, you know?).

Buy tickets here
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