Hungary’s sweet tokaji wines, once drunk by emperors, have made serious strides in quality… When will drinkers wake up and embrace these classic sweet wines?
—  Bloomberg, “Top 10 Wines from $1,000 Mouton Rothschild to $19 Italian”
News from Hungary

This morning, our Hungarian correspondent spotted an elderly woman doing pálinka shots at Gundel Cafe at Ferihegy Int'l Airport, offshoot of the famous high-end Gundel Restaurant, at 11:27 am.  

Is this woman staving off a fear of flying with a high quality Hungarian spirit?  Is she living life to the fullest?  Or is she acting with reckless abandon?  Leave your comments below.

(Source: M. Oda)

Did you know?

Hungarian is one of only two living European languages (the other is Greek) that has its own native word for “wine” - bor.  

Hungary is also home to the oldest wine classification system in the world, dating back to 1772.

So if you didn’t think Hungary was sufficiently vineal - think again!

This guy knows.

“The cultural landscape of Tokaj graphically demonstrates the long tradition of wine production in this region of low hills and river valleys. The intricate pattern of vineyards, farms, villages and small towns, with their historic networks of deep wine cellars, illustrates every facet of the production of the famous Tokaj wines, the quality and management of which have been strictly regulated for nearly three centuries.”


What can we conclude from the 2012-2013 State of the Wine Industry Report?  

1.  We may be poorer and less secure than ever, but that doesn’t mean we’re uninterested in drinking wine.  In fact, we apparently can’t get enough.

2.  As domestic production “dwindles” (awesome), imports are on the rise.  But why limit ourselves to the same old wine regions?  The new old world beckons, abounding in unique and delicious wines to discover.