Wines of Croatia & Hungary
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Upcoming Dates: May 09 @ 3pm
Class location: 330 West 11th Street
Important Notice - Understandably, some people may see Hungary and Croatia and assume the class will feature esoteric wines that may be "interesting", yet unlikely to be purchased by you anytime soon. These wines, however, represent some of the most dynamic, interesting, and delicious wines available today. If you like Sancerre, lively Rieslings, or crisps Albarinos, you'll fall for the whites of both countries. if you like classic Rioja, Barolo, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this class will be an epiphany. I merely wanted to clarify that these wines are delicious, and not a collection of old-fashioned oddities. Indeed, the names may be hard to pronounce, yet the juice goes down easy.
Despite a longstanding cultural tradition of winemaking, few people in the U.S. are familiar with the wines coming from Croatia & Hungary. Alas, that is about to change! In Croatia, the Mediterranean meets the Dinaric Alps meets the Adriatic, while Hungary boasts rivers and mountains and ancient volcanic plateaus. With such diversity, it’s no surprise that influential wine critics such as Robert Parker, Oz Clarke, and Jancis Robinson, have taken note of these nation’s wines.
Cliff Rames will be hosting this very special event. He is a ‘Certified Sommelier’ and 'Certified Specialist of Wine' and has served as sommelier at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza and Le District in NYC, as well as Contributing Editor for The SOMM Journal magazine and Wine Consultant for Wegmans supermarkets. More importantly, he is Croatian, the real deal, and on his frequent trips to Croatia he sources out many distinct, special bottles, some of which we will taste. Most of all, he is a professional colleague and friend whom I have known for years and I can attest that his passion for wine is nonpareil. As the founder of Wines of Croatia, he spends much of his free time promoting the wines of this nation (check out his appearance as a guest on Wine Library TV, with Gary Vaynerchuk!). Cliff will discuss the grapes and wine regions of this Central European land, as well as the link between Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Croatia, along with other little known, but incredibly illuminating tales of Croatia’s wine history.
He will then take you across the border from Croatia into Hungary, whose equally inimitable tradition of winemaking will be showcased. He will will give you the low down on the storied wines of Tokaj, while also sharing his other favorite grapes and regions such as Bull’s Blood, Furmint, Hárslevelű, Kékfrankos, Kadarka and more.
Of course, your wine exploration to Croatia and Hungary will be enhanced by a selection of dynamite cheeses and breads, all from Murray's. So invite a friend(s) and discover the rich history and winemaking culture of Croatia and Hungary – you are bound to fall in love with one of these regions and wonder where these unique, inimitable wines have been your whole life.