Hungarian Wines Continue Their Winning Ways in Düsseldorf and Paris

Hungarian Wines Continue Their Winning Ways in Düsseldorf and Paris | Expat Press Hungary Magazine

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Hungarian wines continue to be entered in international competitions and continue to achieve better and higher results each and every year. During the most recent world competitions, furmint, szamorodni and aszú were the most successful Hungarian wines.

The winning Hungarian wines in Germany

Two wines from the Szent Tamás Vineyards & Winery won gold medals at the German Mundus Vini 2017 international wine competition. The first winner was the 2013 furmint from the Szent Tamás vineyard, which also won the “Best of Show” prize, indicating the highest quality in its category.

Hungarian Wines Continue Their Winning Ways
MUNDUS VINI spring tasting 2017/ photo credit: Ad Lumina

The other winning wine of the Szent Tamás Winery was the 2013 szamorodni.  It was judged the winner based on its “… complex structure, exuberant fruitiness and exemplary richness of flavor.”  The jury also appreciated its complexity and quality, yet another reason why the sweet wines of Tokaj are beloved all over the world.

The year 2013 was very prosperous for the szamorodni, which is starting to re-enter the international market. But this is not the winery’s first time to be acknowledged; their wines are used in the London Master of Wine Institution’s courses to introduce students to furmint. In addition, the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel’s ‘Wine of The House’ is also from the Szent Tamás Vineyards & Winery.

Excellent Hungarian wines in Paris

At the competition organized by Vinalies Internationales in Paris, more than 3,500 wines competed; of that number, only 328 were awarded gold medals. Of the 65 participant wines, five won gold medals and 13 earned silver medals. The jury of one of the world’s most illustrious wine competitions awarded Figula Winery’s 2015 Sóskút Riesling, Varga Winery’s 2015 Aranymetszés, Pajzos’s 2006 five puttonyos Tokaj aszú and two of Grand Tokaj’s 2013 aszú its most prestigious awards.

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Gary Lukatch is the internationally-unknown 🙂 author of several books dealing with his life, travels and other incoherent thoughts. After an undistinguished university career, and a stint in the US Army, he moved to California. After 15 years in the financial business in and around Los Angeles, he finally escaped to Albuquerque, New Mexico. At long last, having slogged through another 14 years as an Internal Audit Manager for other financials, in 1999 he quit his job, sold his house, sold his car, and moved to Central Europe, where he taught English to the people of Budapest, Hungary. He is the author of six published works: To Ur With Love (a romp through his second life as a teacher in Budapest); Bankers’ Hours (a romp through his first life in the financial industry); The Feline Mystique (a man’s guide to living with a cat as practice for living with a woman); Summers’ Time (a romp among the women of Central Europe); Travels with Myself (a collection of his newsletters and blogs throughout the years); and If You Can’t Take a Joke… (a collection of strange and wonderful humor sent to him by friends over the years). He has been inside an Egyptian pyramid in Giza, taunted the snake charmers in Marrakech and crewed an America’s Cup racing yacht. He has petted a live tiger in Thailand, a live crocodile in The Gambia and a koala in Australia. He has stood in awe of the Taj Mahal at sunrise and gazed down on Cape Town from atop Table Mountain. He has his name on an Olympic brick in Atlanta, Georgia. He has scuba-dived the Cozumel reefs, skied Mt. Etna and taught English in Oxford, England. These days he can often be found at one of several local watering holes in Budapest, Hungary, quaffing beer and singing karaoke.