THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: HUNGARY!

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: HUNGARY!

Dandelion Wine welcomes Athena Bochanis from Palinkerie tonight 6-8pm. Athena started Palinkerie (a NY-based importing company) in 2012 with a goal of sharing her passion for all things Hungarian (but mostly wine). She even taught herself Hungarian! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to taste some really cool wines with the woman who is single-handedly bringing them to us from the source and knows them better than anyone. What a pleasure! Plus, as always, cheese and She-Wolf bread.

ÁRVAY TOKAJI HÁRSLEVELÜ 2015

A complex single varietal Hárslevelü from 50 year old vines in János Árvay’s small family estate in Mád, Tokaj. Aromas of dried apricot, thyme, honey and petrol. Notes of quince, dates, dried figs, and lemon-lime freshness makes this wine a delicious aperitif. Medium-bodied, dry, organic, unoaked, low sulfites… this is a wine for the masses and for all occasions. Make Hárslevelü your go-to white wine this summer! Need more inspiration? Watch this video! #hárslyfe $22

LENKEY PINCÉSZET DÜLÖHÁZASSÁG 2007

55% Furmint and 45% Hárslevelú. This wine, which translates to “marriage of the vineyards”, combines grapes from the Hegyfarok vineyard in the Bodrogkeresztúr and the Bomboly vineyard in Mád. Both vineyards are farmed organically. Aged for 13 months in large Hungarian oak. Rich deep stone fruits (peach, apricot) with a honeyed apple and pear waxy clay finish. Pretty cool stuff! Your best bet is to come out and have a free sip with us tonight as we only have a few bottles. You’re welcome. $40

PETER BENEDEK PINOT NOIR 2016

Péter Benedek is a third generation winemaker crafting small-batch, traditional wines in the highland wine region of Mátra. This light-bodied organic Pinot Noir is cherry red, with aromas of cherries, cranberries, dried leaves. Red forest berries are complemented by spice and earth on the palate. Bright mineral-y finish. A popular choice for Pinot-Noir lovers on a budget. Pair with bbq fried chicken and mac n cheese from Pies’n’Thighs. $18

JACKFALL CABERNET FRANC 2012

This is an irresistible full-bodied red from the village of Kisjakábfalva (Swabian: “Jackfall”) in southern Hungary. This rich and complex Cabernet Franc might help explain why critics have called Hungary the “new home” of Cabernet Franc. The wine has a delicious core of blackberry, red currant, rose and licorice, with a concentrated body and lengthy finish. We’ve carried this wine for as long as I can remember knowing Athena. Pair with red meat or a hardy chili. $28