The first Disznoko Tokaji tasting in Dubai
There are lots of ‘firsts’ in Dubai and this was a really enjoyable one. Disznókö General Manager, László Mészarós, was in Dubai to showcase a selection of wines which were carefully matched with a four-course dinner provided by Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, onboard Divaz – a floating restaurant and cruising vessel.
The enthusiasm and passion for legendary Tokaji wines was evident both from Laszlo and Jebel Ali’s beverage manager Gergely Borsos, both from Hungary. The first mention of wine made from aszú grapes was in 1576 although wine had been made in the Tokaj-Hegyalja region of Hungary long before this. Aszú is proudly cited in the Hungarian national anthem; this sweet, topaz-colored wine was formerly known throughout the English-speaking world as Tokay.
The evening started on the openair topdeck with 2010 Disznókö Tojaki Dry Furmint a dry, fruity wine made from 100% Furmint grapes which went really well with the canapes.
We set sail and cruised along the coastline. Throughout the dinner we tasted 2007 Tokaji Aszu, 2002 Tokaji Aszu 5 puttonyos*, 1999 Tokaji 6 puttonyos Aszu, 1993 Tokaji 6 puttonyos Aszu and Kapi Vineyard 2005 all from Disznókö while Laszlo explained about the vineyards, winery and winemaking process that create these distinctive wines.
You wouldn’t normally drink these sweet wines throughout dinner but as this was an occasion to discover more about Tokaji the dishes were matched to complement and enhance the differences in the vintages flavours and aromas. As well as being served with dessert or fruit at the end of a meal, the sweetness is a great match for foie gras, blue cheese and even spicy Szechuan foods.
You can find some of the Disznókö Tokaji in MMI shops but for the full range you’ll have to visit the beautiful Disznókö winery in Hungary where, László assured us, you’ll be given a very warm welcome.
* The number of puttonyos indicates the concentration of the wines; the more residual sugar the wine contains the higher the number.
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