Taste: This dry white wine is made from Furmint, one of the main grape varieties used to make the famous sweet wine Tokaji. Highly aromatic with notes of ripe peaches, pears, minerals and spice on the nose, all of which follows quite gracefully to the palate. Its finish lingers, and carries a distinct note of grapefruit, fresh and uplifting in its completion.
Pairing: Dry Furmint plays nice with seafood, shellfish, raw oysters, sushi, spicy foods, chicken and most vegetables. With that versatility, it’s hard to go wrong (don’t do tomato), and we’re sharing a recipe from Melissa Martin for Louisiana Lump Crab Cakes. It’ll yield 8 cakes, and will take approximately an hour and a half to prepare.
From Ellis Wines Co.:
The Tokaji wine region is in the north east of Hungary, towards the borders of Slovakia and Ukraine. The region is centered around the confluence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, with the vineyards planted on the south and southwest slopes above. The rising mists from the rivers in autumn encourage the onset of `noble rot` (botrytis) in the grapes, producing one of the great and most distinct sweet wines of the world.
Chateau Pajzos is one of the great producers in Tokaj, Hungary. The estate was classified as a `First Growth` in 1772 and its sweet wines have been enjoyed by Monarchs and Emperors for centuries, Louis XV of France famously called Tokaji `Wine of Kings, King of Wines`. In 1991, the Pajzos estate was bought by Jean-Louis Laborde who also owns the famous Chateau Clinet in Pomerol, Bordeaux.
The grape. Dry Furmint is unique to Hungary. There are just over 4000 ha planted in the world, 97% of which are in the Tokaj-Hegyalja region of Hungary. Although there are a few different theories, it is widely accepted that Gouais Blanc is the original parent grape of this variety. Largely present in the Middle Ages, it has been established as the parent of several more common varieties—specifically Riesling, Chardonnay, and Gamay.
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