In this article, we want to introduce to you a very special Christmas case that's just been put together and is now available in the webshop. This case contains some of Gyorgy's favourite Hungarian wines from the country's most exciting vineyards, chosen by himself for you to enjoy throughout the festive period.
However you are celebrating this year, this collection has a bottle to suit every occasion and palate. Let's dig deep and have a look behind the scenes and see what drove Gyorgy when putting together this case:
Obviously, we need to start with something fresh and sparkling to prepare our stomach for the wonderful food to follow. I think that the Frittmann winery's Frisecco is a beautiful example of modern Hungarian bubbly making.
This sparkling wine is a classy fruity-floral refreshment that will make any guest feel welcome. With the pop of the cork, let the excitement begin!
Christmas is the best time to impress your guests with some modern classics.
For roast meats, charcuterie and cheeses, bring on the exquisite Bull's Blood from Hungary's two Bikaver producing regions: Eger and Szekszard. Titi Bikaver 2013 by Tibor Gal's winery in Eger and Bikaver 2014 by the Sebestyen wine Cellars in Szekszard are sure winners to match the hearty dishes on the Christmas table.
If you're planning to have fish as a main (quite common on the old continent), it's best to go with Egri Csillag, the white sister of Eger's Bull's Blood. Tibor Gal's Egri Csillag pairs beautifully with fish and shellfish and is a star by name and nature.
Olaszrizling wines from around the lake Balaton go also well with fish and seafood, so if you have prawns or other seafood canapés on the menu, the Figula Winery's Olaszrizling is the one to go to.
I also included two furmints in this selection: One from Balaton and one from Tokaj. St Donat's Marga is just astonishing: It's crispy and fruity yet quite intensive, one of my favourites this year. It would pair well with chicken or those funny pigs in blankets. On the other hand, the Zsirai Sister's Furmint from Tokaj would be a great match for cold meats and salamis.
Dessert wine? Of course Tokaj, but with a twist! No, it's not an aszu that I've put in this box. Instead of the obvious, this time I want you to try something remarkable and perhaps less known in the UK. If you are a fan of flavours such as apricots and marmalade, Tundermese is the wine for you. The word translates as Fairy tale. It is a late harvest dessert wine from the Kardos winery, supported by good acids and Tokaj’s well-loved minerality. It's absolutely stunning with Christmas cake and Stilton!
Light reds are a must on Boxing day when you still crave those beautiful flavours but want something not too heavy on the palate.
Cabernet Franc, Kadarka and Zweigelt would be the perfect choice on this day. Enjoy them if you're having a quiet night in. Should you plan to have guests, they will be ever so grateful for the lighter yet fantastic flavours.And the surprise in the box is the Juhfark from Somlo. It's crisp as fresh snow, vibrant and quirky, a true rarity that's not very well known just yet, a little secret of the Somlo Hills above Lake Balaton. It's loved by those who like distinctively different wines and don't mind the vibrant acidity that comes from volcanic soils. Oddly exceptional is the right word combination I'd say.
If you order the selection box, there's one caveat: You must let us know what you think of the Juhfark please - we would love to know your opinion and see if it's a Marmite kind of wine or perhaps closer to the British palate than we think ...
To check this Christmas collection in the webshop, follow this link right here. And with Free delivery throughout December over £75 it's even better value for money.
Hope you'll enjoy it. Here's to Christmas. Let's make it amazing!
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