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A Hungarian Wine Dinner
18 Reasons
3674 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110


A Hungarian Wine Dinner

Friday, April 27, 2018 6:30pm to 9:30pm
A four-course dinner paired with wine.
$105., Members: $95

We are excited to invite Eric Danch back to our dinner table, after a successful and sold-out collaboration in 2014. This meal is a reflection of Eric's numerous travels throughout Hungary: the meals he's eaten at his hosts' homes, the landscapes traversed, and the stories he heard. Eric's wonderful storytelling will be paired with wines from the Blue Danube Wine Company and a thoughtful meal from 18 Reasons' Chef Mike Weller.

Amuse Bouche:
Build Your Own Whole Grain Toasts, “Black or Red”: Toasted Tartine Bread with Duck Fat or Lard, Spring Garlic, and Either Paprika or Black Pepper
2013 Kikelet Hárslevelű Pezsgő, Tarcal, Tokaj Appellation

Spring Soup with Peas, Speck, and Paprika Nokedli (Dumplings)
2016 Heimann Kadarka, Szekszárd Appellation
2015 Csendes Dűlő Kéknyelű, Badacsony Appellation

Braised Duck Leg on Potent Spring Greens with Lecsó (Pepper Compote) and Walnut Oil
2016 Wetzer Kékfrankos, Sopron Appellation
2015 Apátsági Furmint, Somló Appellation

Poppy Seed Cake with Képviselőfánk (Vanilla Almond Cream Puffs) and Sour Cherry Coulis
2016 Demeter Zoltán Late Harvest Furmint, Tokaj Appellation
Hungarian Wine Dinner with Robert Gilvesy at Dirt Candy
Dirt Candy, 86 Allen Street New York City, NY 10002

Hungarian Wine Dinner with Robert Gilvesy at Dirt Candy

Wednesday, March 28 @ 8pm
Winemaker Robert Gilvesy with be at Dirt Candy on Wednesday, March 28, to host a a six-course wine dinner. Each course will be paired with an organic Hungarian wine, either from Robert's Gilvesy winery, or from the Káli Kövek winery where he's also a partner. Robert will be talking about every wine, and giving us all a crash course on the Hungarian wine scene. Tickets are $125 per person (includes tip, but not tax) and they're on sale now here.
International Volcanic Wine Conference
Metropolitan Pavilion
123 W. 18th St, btw/ 6th & 7th Aves, New York


International Volcanic Wine Conference

Tuesday March 27th, 2018
Register here.

The IVWC aims to establish a volcanic wine movement, and to provide educational and promotional opportunities for volcanic wine producers internationally. The conference will act as a catalyst and facilitator to eventually bring together all of the world’s volcanic regions.

The conference will feature participating regions from around the world with soils derived entirely, or partially, from volcanic parent material, and the exceptional wines produced by wineries within them. It will consist of a series of innovative presentations, workshop discussions, and tastings for trade and media.
Vina Croatia Grand Tasting
Astor Center
399 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003


Vina Croatia Grand Tasting

Monday, March 26, 2018 from 11:00 AM till 4:30 PM

Guests will have the unique opportunity to sample over 100 wines from dozens of Croatian estates and award-winning wineries. Over twenty winemakers and/or winery representative will be on hand to speak with guests and answer questions, including Agrolaguna; Badel; Degrassi; Skaramuča; Erdutski Vinogradi; Fakin; Iločki Podrumi; Jako Vino (Stina); Kabola; Katunar; Korta Katarina; Kozlović; Matošević; Miloš; JasnaAntunović Turk; Osilovac; Rizman; Veralda; Bibich; Buhač; Cattunar; and Zlatan Otok.

The 2018 program includes two masterclasses, which are RSVP only and expected to sell out quickly. The first is masterclass, Cracking Croatian Wine, will be hosted by authors and vinous travelers, Dr. Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan. The second masterclass, Croatian Hall of Fame Wines, will feature a selection of Decanter World Wine Awards and other award-winning wines and will be lead by Wines of Croatia founder, sommelier, and wine writer, Cliff Rames.

Registration for the walk-around tasting and masterclasses is complimentary and exclusive to members of the wine trade and press. To register and submit your RSVP, please follow this link or email:
Sexism in the Wine Industry Discussion Panel
420 3rd Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Sexism in the Wine Industry Discussion Panel

Monday, March 19, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
We are organizing a panel to discuss challenges women face in the wine industry, and to have a positive and constructive conversation about addressing them. EVERYONE who works in the wine trade is welcome to attend, regardless of gender identity.
Following the panel, from 6-8pm, there will be a tasting featuring women winemakers and importers, for $20 per person.

Confirmed Panelists:
Eric Danch, Bay Area Sales, Blue Danube Wine Company
Barbara Haimes, Instructor, Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies at City College of San Francisco
Emily Kaplan, East Bay Sales, Springboard Wine Company
Molly Madden, Founder, Red Hen Collective
Evelyn Rangel Medina, Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of California
Debby Zygielbaum, Farmer, Vineyard Manager
Borderless Wine Symposium & Tasting
The Laundry
3359 26th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Borderless Wine Symposium & Tasting

Thu, March 15, 2018
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
Engage with changemakers at a powerful symposium where speakers talk about how they use soft-power initiatives to create bi-national dialogue - both inside the wine world and beyond. Their stories reach from Israel, Palestine, The Republic of Georgia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco, South Africa, Mexico, and others, and are told through the medium of wine.

6:30 - 7:15 PM Sign in, Taste Borderless Wines, Eat Diasporic Snacks, Mingle Amongst Thought Leaders
7:30 - 8:15 PM Speaker Series Symposium: Global, Cross-Border Thought Leaders - outside the wine industry & within.
8:30 - 9:45 PM More opportunities to meet wine importers, taste, & learn.

Get tickets here.
Portland Symphony Orchestra: Annual Wine Dinner and Auction
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport ME

Portland Symphony Orchestra: Annual Wine Dinner and Auction

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Harraseeket Inn, Freeport
Annual wine dinner and auction will feature wines from Blue Danube Wine Co.

5:00 PM Silent Auction
6:30 PM Dinner
8:30 PM Live Auction
Tickets are $200 per person and $2,000 per table (seating 10 people.) $125 of each ticket is tax deductible.
Price includes five-course meal and wine pairings.
Get tickets: here.
Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities bi-annual fundraiser
Burlingame Hall, 252 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities bi-annual fundraiser

Saturday, March 10 6:00-9:00pm
Enjoy authentic Hungarian cuisine including chicken paprikash, mushroom porkolt, homemade pastries and many other goodies wines from Sonoma and Tokaj, Hungary
Benefiting the programs of Sonoma-Tokaj Sister Cities

Opening by the First California Hussar Regiment *Music by Corvinus Chorus
Folk dancing with Todd Wagner & friends * Live Auction and great raffle prizes

Donation $60.00
For tickets and info, visit
For more info call 707-938-0224 or email
Tasting at Fig & Thistle with Eric Danch
Fig & Thistle
313 Ivy St, San Francisco, CA 94102


Tasting at Fig & Thistle with Eric Danch

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 5:00 PM 7:30 PM
Join us to taste skin contact wines including Brkić Greda, Wine Thieves Tsolikouri and Papari Valley Rkatsiteli.
Sommelier Brunch at Von Bar
Von Bar, 3 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Sommelier Brunch at Von Bar

It’s Furmint February and we are excited to join forces with Palinkerie and Winemonger to bring a special Furmint tasting to NYC. On Sunday, February 25th from 12-4pm we will be hosting a Sunday Sommelier Brunch at Von Bar, located at 3 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012. Please RSVP to join us and discover more about this versatile grape while hanging with peers in our version of a Sunday Funday.
Oysters paired with Hungarian wines
Table Wine Merchant
1237 Linda Mar Shopping Center, Pacifica, CA 94044


Oysters paired with Hungarian wines

Thursday Feb 15, 5-8 PM
Come enjoy fresh oysters with your local fisherman Kirk Lombard & Sea Forager while tasting new wines ("Bor") from Hungary with Eric Danch and Blue Danube! $20 gets you a half dozen oysters, a wine tasting & a glass of wine paired with your oysters. Plus songs and sea shanties played by the Sea Forager band!
Georgian Flight at Ruby Wines
Ruby Wines
1419 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107


Georgian Flight at Ruby Wines

Friday February 2nd, 5-9 PM
Eric Danch will be presenting new wines from Lapati, Papari Valley, Bibineishvili and Tsikhelishvili.
Furmint Day
Taste Furmint and share: #furmintday

Furmint Day

On the first day of February we are celebrating furmint for the second time. This popular variety of the Carpathian Basin lends itself to an extremely wide range of winemaking styles. The diversity of Furmint is really spectacular ranging from sparkling wines and light, racy dry wines to more substantial, barrel aged wines and sweet late harvests, Tokaj Szamorodnis and Aszús.

Furmint Day aims to draw the public’s attention to this special, exciting and really lovable variety. Our hope is that many winelovers will seize the opportunity to taste furmints on 1 February 2018 and share their experience with others
using the hashtag #furmintday.
Hungarian Rhapsody at Bergamot Alley
Bergamot Alley
328 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448


Hungarian Rhapsody at Bergamot Alley

Tuesday January 30th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ever heard Eric Danch from Blue Danube Wines speak about Hungarian wines? If so, you've already booked your seat for this night. If not, you're in for a mind-blowing treat. Prepare to walk with us through the insanely beautiful winescape of Hungary, listen to Danch wax poetic, and have your taste buds hypnotized by a dozen wine delights of the region.
Book your seat here. Space is limited.
Eastern European Wine Tasting
WetStone Wine Bar
1927 4th Ave, San Diego, California 92101


Eastern European Wine Tasting

WetStone In association with
Blue Danube Wine Co present
Eastern European Wines Session 1
Tuesday 1/16/18
3 pours in addition to (1) bonus pour
along with complimentary passed bocaditos
(Reservations suggested at 619.255.2856 or email us at
Our 1st pour of the evening: Slovenia
5P Fried Chicken & 5P Tokaji Aszù
Juniper and Ivy
2228 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


5P Fried Chicken & 5P Tokaji Aszù

November 15th 11:30am-1:30pm.

Invitation to a private tasting with Peter Molnar PhD Winemaker at Patricius and a leading expert on Tokaj
Fried Chicken and appropriate sides will be served from Crack Shack.
Complimentary - Trade only
Please RSVP to by November 13th
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