Patricius Winery, Tokaji

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“The first thing I did when my daughter was born, I dipped my finger into Tokaj and placed a drop on Aszú on her tongue so she would know where she came from.” -Peter Molnár, Patricius Tokaj Estate Manager and Winemaker.

.Last month I had an amazing dinner with the best of company at Song @ntmrkt with @orshi.kiss @edanch @bluedanubewine along with Peter Molnár from @patriciustokaj. 

We tasted the following 5 wines from Patricius Winery, Hungary:

2016 Furmint Teleki Dűlő

2015 Yellow Dry Muscat

2015 Katinka (Noble Late Harvest)

2006 Patricius Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos (150 g/L + for a 6p Aszú)

2013 Patricius Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (120 g/L + for a 5p Aszú)

Note: The Puttonyos system has been abolished but was the unit given to denote the level of sugar. (http://www.tokajtoday.com/2014/06/10/new-tokaj-product-specification-published/)

Each of Patricius wines were unique and delicious. However, the Katinka and Aszú offer a very special experience. I don’t want to sound corny and I don’t typically purport to be spiritual. For whatever reasons even just a tiny sip of Tokaji invigorates me. It’s the cure for both emotional and physical ails. These are spiritual wines and it’s important for all of us to have Tokaji on hand, for healing as well as pleasure.

In addition, the spicy food at Song paired with the sweetness in the Katinka and Aszú was the most harmonious wine/food pairing I’ve experienced. These wines are perfect with spicy thai food. I wish these wines were on all wine lists.

WEB: Patricius Winery 

 

Patricius Winery, Tokaji

Bye bye 2014 LaDona’s!

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Just finished the last 2014 LaDona’s. I can’t say much more about this wine, I’ve already said so much, see links below. Still delicious and unique as those who made it:

@michaellospilares

@villamarta77

@charlieechowine

https://awordtothewine.com/2016/06/06/flashback-2014-los-pilares-ladonas-sparkling-muscat/

https://awordtothewine.com/2016/06/06/unreleased-2015-los-pilares-ladonas-sparkling-muscat/

https://awordtothewine.com/2016/08/02/ode-to-los-pilares-2014-la-donas/

WEB: Los Pilares

Bye bye 2014 LaDona’s!

Balla Géza Winery, Romania

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As the Sun went down in the city, I was lucky enough to taste of the most delicious and totally unique wines from Romania. Yes, from Balla Géza Winery @ballageza16 in Romania. One white, one red. And no, vampires don’t jump out of the bottles! Thanks to this lady @orshi.kiss you’ll be drinking them soon as well. They’re both delicious, fun, and affordable. I’m hoping they land on your by the glass list and I’ll be right over to drink.

The white: 2016 Mustoasă de Măderat & The Red: 2015 Fetească Neagră

Web: Blue Danube Wine

Balla Géza Winery, Romania

Albariño “al basc” 2016 Sierra Foothills

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GRAPE: Albariño REGION: Sierra Foothills COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: $24

The mesmerizing and delicious al basc is here! I punched down this fermenting juice with my bare feets. And no it doesn’t taste like my feet, although I’ve been told my feet taste delicious. And don’t worry, I had been getting pedicures on a regular basis. But it’s also true I walk barefoot where most are afraid to walk with shoes, but I assure you before doing punch downs with these pretty toes I hosed them off well, the goats insisted.

8 months skin contact. You know how much I love skin contact, I’m referring only to a winemaking process, of course.

Thank you @laclarinefarm

Albariño “al basc” 2016 Sierra Foothills

Lini Lambrusco at Rossoblu

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Beautiful night to sit outside @rossoblula and taste these most delicious Lambrusco by @lini910 Where can I find the 2004 Metodo Classico? I love those meatballs as well! So damn good.

@dobianchi @enoicala Great seeing you both! And a pleasure meeting you @dinasam.

Downtown Los Angeles, you’re growing up so quickly with so much talent and creativity. I hope that one day soon someone much smarter than me and with a much bigger heart finds a solution to help the thousands of people on the streets. Some of us have such great fortune, some of us not so much. And with every sip I drink and every bite of a take somewhere in the back of my mind I can’t stop thinking of all those less fortunate living on the streets. Maybe it’s just guilt, but guilt doesn’t feed or house anyone.

Lini Lambrusco at Rossoblu

White Bordeaux

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Rethinking White Bordeaux.

Audience: [moans & grunts]

Release your prejudice. I did. Not until after the tasting, of course.

It had been quite awhile since a white Bordeaux touched my lips. Probably a few years ago in a WSET class. Before that it was in Brooklyn. About 6+ years ago I was at a show at Barbès. I wanted something cold. White Bordeaux the chalkboard read. I placed my order and slammed it. It was insignificant, but cold. It filled my need at the time. But who even knows where to find one?

I think white Bordeaux might be a refreshing by the glass replacement for all the cheap New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s that seem to dominate those tiny wine lists in the venues where many of us refuse to drink wine. You know the places. For instance, your local dive bar or your favorite music venue.

I had a preferred the selections where Sémillon was 30-50% of the blend.

Standouts:

2010 Château Marsalette – 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon – Pessac-Léognan (Jeffery M. Davies Selection)

2014 Château Respide-Médeville Graves Blanc Sec50/48/2 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon/Muscadelle (Martine’s Wines)

2014 La Croix de Carbonnieux Blanc – 65/35 Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon – Pessac-Léognan (Duclot La Vinicole)

Thank you @anthonycailan for the invite.

White Bordeaux

Once you go Champagne…

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GRAPE: Pinot Noir/Chard REGION: Champagne COUNTRY: France AVE PRICE: $47

CHAMPAGNE FLEURY!

I’m over the PetNat (AKA: Sparkling wine for the impoverished) craze. Don’t take me too literally of course there are PetNats I adore, but there are plenty more that I abhor. So many bottles are mislabeled wine that are actually lemon juice with alcohol. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.

The Fleur de l’Europe Brut Nature mouthful of liquid luxury with childhood playground energy. It’s rich with a beautiful salty and floral expression. Focused and tightly structured with teeny tiny bubbles. A combo of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, aged 6 years on lees. Fleury was the first winemakers in Champagne to convert their vineyard to biodynamic in 1998.

WEB: Fleury

Once you go Champagne…