Monday, October 24, 2011

Hungaro-Wine Tasting

There's no secret about it, Hungarian wine is pretty world reknown for its awesomeness. Perhaps you've sampled some? A bottle of Bull's Blood (made in Eger, Hungary)? Or maybe you've sipped on some fine Tokaji dessert wine? Either way, knowing your wines automatically ups your cool points. So, what better way to practice than a original Hungaro wine tasting.

We trekked up the hills of Buda to visit the site of the Buda-Castle. Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen explosion (probably a drunken accident), the real castle was reduced to nothing but some rocks and stones. The beautiful new Buda-Castle was built in its place; a wonderful addition to the skyline.

Fortunately for wine lovers, the secret wine cellars bellow the castle remained intact. Even after the explosion that leveled the castle. Hungarian monarchs stored thousands of fine wines in those cellars for many years. It wasn't till recently that it was converted into a place for wine tasting and a museum. We couldn't resist!

Rolo thought it would be funny to mess around with the medieval "torture" mechanism. He didn't laugh in the end.

The oldest resident of the wine museum. Christina did some "be-friending" and scored us some VIP access to the wine making process.

A traditional cellar Hungarian kitchen/living room. Quite luxurious, isn't it?

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To think, we drank only half way through their stash by this point.

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And now, ladies & gents.... The Wine Tasting!!!
First up, we have a smooth white wine from the Ászár-Neszmély region of Hungary (north-east of the Danube). Sweeter than its red counter-part, this wine packed a number of different fruity flavors onto the palate. Among the most prominent was a sweet apricot sensation.

Up next, we have a spicy red wine from the Villány region. We were caught completely off-guard with this wine. It was incredibly spicy, dry, yet quite distinct for a red wine. It originates from a volcanically fused soil. Thus, it gives the flavor a punch like no other.

Last but certainly not least, two glasses of the famous Tokaji dessert wine. On the left, a moderately sweet wine. It's flavor was fused with pineapples, grapes, apricots, and more. The glass on the right was much sweeter. Our wine connoisseur explained that the harvest was much later than usual, causing the grapes to ripen to a threshold of sweetness.

Final judgement, Christina and I both decided that the award for favorite wine had to go to our White wine of the night. No, no, we know what you're thinking. It's not a racial issue. We just like a sweeter, smoother glass of vino. The red was very unique, but too spicy and dry for our taste. We drank it anyway ;) Our dessert wines were appreciated as well, but they were way too sweet to enjoy. A few sips was all we needed. After it all ended, we stumbled out the door into the courtyard for some lavish Hungaro dinner!


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