Are you a fan of serious dessert wines? By serious, I don’t mean cheap, sweet wines. I mean coveted wines that people spend a lot of money on. Last week, I was delighted to try my first Tokaji (pronounced Toe-kay). It was a 2013 Château Pajzos 5 Puttonyos. I’ve happily known Sauternes for seven years and was eager to compare the two. In this article, I’ll share some information about both wines and include my thoughts on how they compare. A big thank you to Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly for her tremendous coverage of Tokaji.[Read more…]
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is Italy’s most northeastern wine region. It shares borders with Austria, Slovenia and Venice and, according to lifeinitaly.com, is “by far the most easily accessible region from outside of Italy and has traditionally acted as a gateway for Germanic and Slavic invaders over the centuries.” Some of her wines originate from Slovenia, and others have historical significance due to their influence in ancient noble circles.
In my first article about Friuli-Venezia Giulia, I talked about the three regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto combined are called Tre Venezie, which means Three Venices. According to Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible, Tre Venezie is known for making “Italy’s most stylish, highest quality white wines, including some of the raciest sparkling wines,…[along with] a slew of fascinating reds.”
In this series on Italian wine regions, I’m highlighting a red and white varietal from each region. [Read more…]