Meet Heidi & John:
Heidi & John live in Pécs, Hungary and decided to share some local wine with us!
Heidi, James & Phil were high school friends but now lives with her husband, John, in her home turf of Hungary.
Heidi did her homework and wrote an awesome review for all of us Americans to enjoy!
Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe happens to be in Hungary. Now the greatest attraction of the Lake is not only the kite surfing, windsurfing, sailing and leisure activities of the summer months but the fact that the northern region is composed of volcanic mountains filled with vineyards.
A special region of Lake Balaton is called Badacsony, a volcanic mountain on the northern part, which is a bitch to hike, but after a few drinks, can be done. Grapes were cultivated in the area during the Roman Empire, when plantations were made. Due to the proximity of the lake, the Southern slopes receive the sun light reflected from the lake’s surface, and this reflection makes the climate ideal for grape cultivation.
John’s favorite wine of all time is called the Badacsonyi Szürkebarát, which happens to be one of the best known varieties cultivated in this region. Szürkebarát is a descendent of the Pinot gris (brought to Hungary from France by monks around 1300, because our land was better quality for harvesting grapes). Those monks seemed to know good wine; therefore its name became “GreyMonk” if you translate it to English. Note: grey because their cloak was grey. Szürkebarát is a semi-sweet, rich tasting, refreshing white wine especially great in the summertime. After twelve years together, we still enjoy drinking it on a regular basis.
A tradition of Hungarians in the hot summer months is to mix 1/3 glass Szürkebarát with 2/3 glass soda water, and enjoy it as a light summer drink. Don’t judge before you try it!
Consumer: Heidi & John
Name: Badacsonyi Szürkebarát
Region: Lake Balaton, Hungary
Grape Varietal: Pinot Gris
Price: 539 HUF (you do the math)
Alcohol content: 11.5%
Food pairing: Funny thing, we have never paired it with food, we usually open a bottle when friends come over
Color & Appearance: Somewhere between Straw Yellow and Golden Yellow
Nose/Aroma: Oak, with a slight scent of citrus flower and honey
Mouth/Flavors: Rich in flavour, spritzy, refreshing, slightly sweet, acidic. Awesome aftertaste.
Rating: (scale of 1 to 10) 8
Impressions: This wine is always refreshing, great for gathering of friends
Food Recommendations: I would pair it with tuna or salmon, or meats with high-citrus sauces.
Thanks so much to Heidi & John for their hard work and hard drinking…hopefully we’ll have more reviews from abroad! And to anyone else…we’d love to feature a review of your favorite wine! Just let us know!