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The age of innocence

  • Oct 1, 2009

For a non-drinker, it seems that I ended up writing quite a few reviews here on Lunch about wine! How did that happened? I must have been drunk! ;-)

Personally,  I do come across many types of wines as I'm a globetrotter. You know, even before you leave the airport, there is the Duty Free Shop! Other than my fair share of beauty products, wines are all one get here. So, wine shopping I did. Afterall, I do know quite a few men who love to drink. Ahem, I don't mean those alcoholics who need rehab, simply my colleagues who do drink occasionally and plenty when they get these bottles for free! What else can I do so that they'll cover my back the many times I go on leisure trips in the year? Wine, of course. Dine and wine and these men shall be my slave for life, hehe...

So, I do buy wine. Not to drink but to 'bribe' my colleagues to do my work in my absence! It works all the time and if you don't believe me, try it on your men colleagues! I don't think it'd work on the women but as I said there is the other side of the DFS which sells beauty products! ;-) Now you know why the airports stock up these 2 categories of products!

Tokaj is actually introduced to me by  my Hungarian online friends whom I met through VirtualTourist.com. When I was in Budapest, they were my hosts and they not only took me around town, they showed me the wine to take home as well. And I did take the Tokaj Aszu home. What a delight it turns out to be. A sweet white dessert wine. Ok, I've a tendency to pick up sweet wine for no other reason other than I like it sweet! :-) But most of them that I've come across were the red type. You know, like Port, Ginja, Sangria, Marionberry Wine. Tokaj is actually very light and smooth. The Aszu range is the one that made it world famous to the extend that it's even cited in Hungarian's national anthem!

Aszu in Hungarian means dried. But in this case, it's being associated to wines that's botrytised grapes (ie. 'nobly' rotten grapes). Ok, it's not as bad as it sounds. I'm no wine drinker and even much less wine reviewer! So, if you really want to find out all about Tokaj wines, google for it or check this site with comprehensive write up on Tokaj wines in Hungary

Other than its taste, I like its size too. It's not so big as many other wines so that means I could get a few bottles for different people. But before you do so, do make sure you know the restrictions where different airports are concerned. There is a limit as to how much is tax free and how much is not! Otherwise, you'll have to pay a huge fine if you exceed those limits and forgot to declare them!

The Hungarians take their wines seriously. Not only do they have it mentioned in their national anthem, they have a museum for them too. So, if you've the time and are in Hungary, make sure you pay a visit to learn the amazing culture of the Hungarian people! Highly interesting!

The age of innocence

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I love sweet wine and this one is a national wine! Courtesy of Hungary!
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Tokaji (Hungarian: of Tokaj) is the name of the wines from the region of Tokaj-Hegyalja in Hungary. The name Tokaji (which is of Protected Designation of Origin) is used for labeling wines from this wine district. This region is noted for its sweet wines made from grapes affected by noble rot, a style of wine which has a long history in this region. Tokaj is mentioned in the official national anthem of Hungary. Tokaji is a Hungarikum, a term used to refer to uniquely Hungarian products, especially cuisine.

Since 2007, only authorised wine producers from the region are able to use the Tokaj brand name.

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