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Wines Without Borders

In the wake of the report on climate released last week, it would seem the world needs as many things as possible that demonstrate that borders mean nothing, and that collaboration is the key to our future.

Austrian winemaker Roland Velich of Moric fame continues to be a beacon of borderless thinking. His Hidden Treasures project focuses on collaborations with other cutting-edge young winemakers across Austria and Hungary, a region that historically has moved its border more times than I have had hot dinners.

Moric Hidden Treasures HID1 Tokaj 2016 ($34), pronounced “toke-eye,” is a beautiful wine made from old clone Furmint and Harslevelu grapes-- both white-wine varieties native to Hungary. His partner here is Attila Homonna, who farms a mere 7 acres of vines over 50 years old. The vineyard's volcanic soils are protected from the cool north winds by the mountain behind them and warmed by the hot winds from the great Pannonian plains.

This wine has so many subtle tones, including Asian pear, honeysuckle, and lime zest. Both dry and full bodied, like a river running through a dessert, it has a wonderful silky texture and a long, flavorful finish. We drank this with a pork goulash with a little spice, and it was just brilliant.


Wine Friends Cooking Tip: Summer Sangria

If the thought of hot plains has left you feeling a little parched, it’s time to whip up a Sangria. Here’s our house recipe, which we tried with the

Piron Le Coq Leon over the weekend, and it was summer in a glass:

  • 1 bottle of a lighter red wine such as Pinot Noir, Gamay or Grenache

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1/2 green apple cubed

  • 1/2 orange with peel, sliced

  • Handful of green grapes

  • Handful of any fresh berries you might have in your garden or fridge

  • If desired, sweeten more to taste (we like agave syrup)

  • Pour over lots of ice. Great immediately, and even better the second day.

* Optional to top up with 2 cups mineral water or ginger ale for lighter day-time drinking ;)

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