Wine tips

The Ice-Wine Man Cometh

In the middle of the night, in the middle of winter, there’s a very special grape harvest happening… Winemaker Boris Drenški is up late into the night, checking his thermometer. He’s waiting for the temperature to drop below -7˚C (19.4°F) and hoping it will hit the -10˚C to -15˚C range. Then he will flick the [...]

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The best Hungarian wines of 2014

VinCE Magazine judges freshly released wines month after month and also carries out themed tastings in which we seek the best among certain grape varieties or wine styles. Now, we’re going to reveal the wines that reached the highest positions over 2014’s 11 issues – the 50 wines are those that were given the highest [...]

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Where in the World are the Oldest Wines?

Where in the world are the oldest wines? Not vines (although that is another interesting question), but caches of seriously old liquids. Of course there is always the odd centenarian bottle stashed away, but where are commercial quantities of venerable wine to be found? I was inspired to think about this by the current vogue [...]

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Tasting Macedonia Wines

Below is a selection of Macedonian wines that impressed my palate during my recent visit to the country. I provide tasting notes to help convey the individuality of the wines as well as the wineries that produced them. Most of the wineries are members of the Wines of Macedonia association, which was founded in 2010 [...]

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Macedonia – a Country at the Crossroads

The tiny Balkan country of Macedonia lies at a crossroads in more ways than one.  Strictly it should be called by its United Nations-recognised name of “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” or FYROM for short, as Greece has already registered the name Macedonia with the EU as a “Protected Geographical Indication” for one of its [...]

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5 ‘Bare Bones’ Wine Essentials for Every Wine Lover

There is no doubt that wine is one of the greatest experiences we have available to us in our everyday lives. However, it’s a vast subject and can often be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating.  So for now, let’s not worry about writing the perfect tasting note, nor trying to remember whether the ‘95 or ‘96 [...]

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Andante – Botrytised Late Harvest from Tokaj

This sweet wine from Tokaj, Hungary is not a new brand. Gróf Degenfeld Winery has been producing this botrytised, late harvest, furmint for years, and the wine achieves more and more medals, gains more and more fans. The latest vintage (2008) became the second best wine at VinCE Magazine’s panel tasting on natural sweet wines [...]

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The Best Hungarian Sauvignon Blanc

VinCE Magazines’s panel tasting was dedicated to sauvignon blancs in October. The winner is Errazuriz Single Vineyard 2011 from Chile, and the second one is a Hungarian sb from Pannonhalma, from the Abbey Winery. The wine is pale yellow with greenish tinge. Rich and youthful on the nose with notes of citrus, pear, pineapple, elderberry. [...]

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Béla & Bandi, Balaton 2011 (Balatonfüred, Hungary)

The two brothers, Béla Fodor and András Fodor have 10 hectares of vineyards around Balatonszőlős. Two guys with youthful enthusiasm and huge creativity making better white wines year by year. The 2011 Balaton is a fantastic, good balanced blend of some exciting grapes like Grüner Veltliner, Muscat Ottonel, Sauvignon Blanc and Olaszrizling. Olaszrizling is the [...]

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Szerecsen – a lovely, light red from Lake Balaton, at a great price

Konyári Winery, Szerecsen 2011 Konyári is one of the most prestigious wineries not only in the area of South Balaton but all over Hungary, famous for its expressive Bordeaux-style red wines. This is a very nice balanced blend of Kékfrankos (blaufrankisch) (80%) and merlot (20%) aged for three months in large barrels. Thanks god it’s [...]

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