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A Seleção Bocuse d 'Or USA traz o talento culinário jovem mais brilhante do país para o Venetian Resort

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Sabemos sobre o Bocuse d'Or há anos, mas nunca tivemos a oportunidade de experimentá-lo em primeira mão. Este ano, La selection américaine du Bocuse d'Or (seleção Bocuse d'Or dos EUA) foi realizada no belo Venetian Resort em Las Vegas. Você sabe que é muito importante falar com gênios da culinária como o chef Thomas Keller, o chef Daniel Boulud, o chef Jerome Bocuse e o medalhista de prata do ano passado, o Chef Philip Tessier, apenas para citar alguns.

O que é este evento lendário, você pode perguntar? Em janeiro de 1987, o chef francês Paul Bocuse criou o Bocuse d'Or. Ele criou um verdadeiro show, como um evento esportivo, dando ênfase à culinária e aos chefs. O evento reúne 24 jovens chefs de todo o mundo que são os talentos mais promissores de sua geração em seu país. A competição é acirrada. A equipe de cada país é composta por dois chefs, um chef principal e um chefe assistente / commis que deve ter menos de 22 anos de idade no momento da competição. Eles devem preparar duas apresentações, um prato de carne e um prato de peixe, tudo em um teatro aberto com mais de 1.000 fãs gritando. Um júri composto pelos mais ilustres chefs do mundo escolhe os medalhistas.

Nos 19 anos desde o seu início, com o crescente número de nações que querem participar no prestigioso concurso, o Bocuse d'Or inaugurou em 2007 o conceito de eventos de pré-seleção, apresentando os eventos continentais: Bocuse d'Or Europa , Bocuse d'Or América Latina e Bocuse d'Or Ásia (que se tornou Bocuse d'Or Ásia-Pacífico em 2014 e agora inclui a Austrália). Esses eventos são, na verdade, finais continentais. Os vencedores viajam a cada dois anos em janeiro durante o Sirha em Lyon. Muitos comparam Bocuse d'Or aos Jogos Olímpicos.

Na seleção da seleção dos EUA, prato após prato foi degustado por um júri de renomados culinários. Os jovens chefs, nervosos com gotas de suor nas sobrancelhas, prestavam atenção a cada detalhe enquanto observavam e esperavam com ansiedade. Quem representará os EUA em Lyon, França em 2017? Após 4 horas e meia de testes intensos, o chef Mathew Peters da Thomas Keller’s Per Se abriu sua passagem para Lyon em 2017. Durante os testes de peixe e carne, ele mostrou habilidades técnicas excepcionais e criatividade para criar os pratos vencedores.

No próximo ano, ele estará em treinamento, aprimorando suas habilidades com os melhores da América. Liderando o programa de treinamento está o Bocuse d'Or medalha de prata 2015 e o chefe técnico da equipe dos EUA, Philip Tessier. Ele também será orientado pelo Chef Gavin Kaysen, ele próprio um ex-candidato ao Bocuse d'Or e ao Conselho de Administração da Fundação, e pelos chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller e Jerome Bocuse. O segundo lugar foi concedido ao Chef Brian Lockwood e seu comissário John Cormaic Sullivan do The Nomad em Nova York.

Um prêmio de Melhor Comissão foi concedido a Tyler Peer do Broadmoor, no Colorado.


Doce triunfo: o grande primeiro crescimento do Royal Tokaji

Degustação de vinhos Royal Tokaji com palestrantes: o lendário Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil da The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS de The Little Nell e o co-fundador do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins.

Tive a honra de estar aqui na degustação Royal Tokaji com o próprio cofundador Ben Howkins e palestrantes para os mais renomados profissionais do vinho do mundo na bela Pebble Beach em uma tarde de sábado. Não havia absolutamente nada que eu preferisse fazer mais do que estar na grande companhia de outros profissionais do vinho e fãs do Royal Tokaji, havia cerca de 30 de nós aqui. Pude beber Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály de todas as safras já produzidas, exceto a safra de 1993, quando Royal Tokaji foi fundada, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 e 2009. “Tivemos uma degustação assim desde que o Royal Tokaji foi fundado em 1993, então esta é apenas a nossa segunda vez. Esta incrível linha de degustação First Growth nunca mais acontecerá. ” Charlie Mount disse.

Achei que deveria saborear até a última gota deste delicioso vinho doce, ou posso apenas olhar para ele com minha câmera para que aquele momento durasse mais. A história foi feita na Pebble Beach Food & amp Wine este ano e eu estava lá.

Depois de uma hora e 15 minutos de caminhada educativa, informativa e agradável por uma das regiões vinícolas mais reais e históricas do mundo e, mais notavelmente, o primeiro vinhedo de crescimento registrado no mundo - Mézes Mály em Tokaj. “Pense em Champagne, Madeira, e aqui temos Royal Tokaji, a razão de estarmos todos aqui agora, porque queremos preservar o legado de Royal Tokaji.” disse Larry Stone, MS.

Os vinhos da região de Tokaj no nordeste da Hungria, localizada 240 quilômetros a nordeste de Budapeste nas montanhas de Zemplén, são considerados os melhores do mundo desde o século 17. Esses excelentes vinhos oferecem doçura concentrada de laranja e mel, combinada com mineralidade de aço e uma acidez limpa surpreendente, e eles continuarão a se desenvolver e evoluir nas próximas décadas.

“Royal Tokaji foi fundada em 1990 pelo conhecido autor Hugh Johnson e um pequeno grupo de investidores que se inspiraram após a queda do comunismo para restaurar e preservar o precioso legado de vinho da Hungria, para criar e envelhecer esses excepcionais Aszú vinhos. Os primeiros vinhedos de crescimento único de Royal Tokaji (e o grande primeiro crescimento de Mézes Mály) sempre foram propriedade privada. Betsek e Szr. Tamás eram propriedade do Príncipe Rakoczi I e do Príncipe Rakoczi II. ” Charlie Mount continuou a nos explicar a história maravilhosa deste vinho e a história de Royal Tokaji. Fiquei simplesmente pasmo.

Em Tokaj, o solo vulcânico, o clima, as variedades indígenas de uvas, as leveduras indígenas e as profundas caves subterrâneas, combinados com o gênio e as tradições de seus criadores Magyar, resistiram a 400 anos de mudanças.

Royal Tokaji possui mais da metade da Mézes Mály, que significa favo de mel), um dos dois únicos vinhedos em toda Tokaj a ser nomeado como um grande primeiro crescimento na classificação de 1700. Foi referido como “ser a primeira escolha como o mesa real ”, uma distinção honrosa como o Chateau d'Yquem em Bordéus.

Karen MacNeil de The Wine Bible, 2ª edição está disponível em todos os lugares em outubro de 2015, foi uma ótima comentarista, ela se envolveu com outros palestrantes para que eles descrevessem as notas de degustação para o público durante a degustação.

Carlton McCoy, MS do The Little Nell, em Aspen, Colorado, foi afiado, distinto e nervoso na maneira como descreve suas notas de degustação, o público não se cansava disso. McCoy trabalhou em alguns dos melhores restaurantes da cidade de Nova York, como o Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, o Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit e o Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. Ele foi nomeado para a lista da Forbes de “30 com menos de 30 anos”, “Melhor Novo Sommelier” da Wine Enthusiast

Charlie Mount era apaixonado por Royal Tokaji. Ele respondeu a muitas perguntas e foi muito informativo com os hóspedes. Ouvi-lo enquanto bebia os vinhos, era uma harmonia perfeita. Ele era um grande contador de histórias com uma paixão como nenhum outro. Charlie Mount conhece bem o vinho doce, quando ele comparou o Royal Tokaji ao Chateau d'Yquem, eu deveria saber a conexão. O primeiro vinho de que se lembrava de ter degustado aos 5 anos foi Chateau d'Yquem 1971. Depois de anos como marca do Grupo LVMH, mudou-se para Champagne Krug e ajudou a lançar o Krug Clos d'Ambonnay, e a expansão do “Krug Quarto."

Depois de mais ou menos uma hora degustando e saboreando um dos melhores vinhos do mundo, conversei com o cofundador e diretor do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins sobre a lendária Essencia, da qual provei uma colher no 3 Restaurante Saison com estrela Michelin em San Francisco, obrigado pela apresentação deste vinho real pelo mestre sommelier Mark Bright há dois anos. Já provei o 5 e o 6 Puttonyos Aszú muitas vezes antes, mas foi a primeira vez que experimentei o Essencia. Eu não tinha certeza do que esperar, mas desde aquela experiência, me tornei um fã de Royal Tokaji.

“A lendária Essencia, produzida em safras excepcionais, impressiona tanto colecionadores quanto clientes, principalmente quando é servida em colher de cristal ou porcelana.” Ben Howkins acrescentou.

“Demorou cerca de 200 libras de uva para produzir uma garrafa de Essencia, então aproximadamente 8 libras de uva em 7 anos, para obter 1 colher de Essencia. O Essencia 2003 é oferecido em uma caixa de madeira com dobradiças de latão lindamente projetada esculpida em carvalho húngaro, forrada com seda e contendo a colher de cristal para beber. A colher foi projetada exclusivamente para Royal Tokaji, permitindo 25 goles por garrafa. Essencia é um vinho imortal e pode durar 200 anos. ” Charlie Mount acrescentou em sua última nota.

Foi uma experiência incrível na vida desta degustação com Royal Tokaji. Estou emocionado com a experiência e amplio meu conhecimento deste vinho real. Depois das nove primeiras safras de crescimento de Mézes Mály, com tantas notas de degustação para eu voltar e lembrar como era quando cheirava o aroma de cada safra pela primeira vez. É algo que nunca esquecerei e que repassarei aos meus colegas, meus clientes, aqueles que nunca mais terão essa chance na história da degustação Royal Tokaji.

Portanto, se você adora Foie Gras tanto quanto eu, peça ao seu sommelier uma dose de Royal Tokaji com o prato, ou se você adora charutos, tortas de frutas, sobremesas de chocolate e queijos, este vinho real pode ser seu mais novo companheiro. Não se esqueça de tweetar ou Instagram sua foto, eu adoraria ouvir de você, e espero que sua experiência com o Royal Tokaji seja tão boa quanto eu.

por Manda Bear - Twitter | Instagram


Doce triunfo: o grande primeiro crescimento do Royal Tokaji

Degustação de vinhos Royal Tokaji com palestrantes: o lendário Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil da The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS de The Little Nell e o co-fundador do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins.

Tive a honra de estar aqui na degustação Royal Tokaji com o próprio cofundador Ben Howkins e palestrantes para os mais renomados profissionais do vinho do mundo na bela Pebble Beach em uma tarde de sábado. Não havia absolutamente nada que eu preferisse fazer mais do que estar na grande companhia de outros profissionais do vinho e fãs do Royal Tokaji, havia cerca de 30 de nós aqui. Pude beber Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály de todas as safras já produzidas, exceto a safra de 1993, quando o Royal Tokaji foi fundado, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 e 2009. “Tivemos uma degustação assim desde que o Royal Tokaji foi fundado em 1993, então esta é apenas a nossa segunda vez. Esta incrível linha de degustação First Growth nunca mais acontecerá. ” Charlie Mount disse.

Achei que deveria saborear até a última gota deste delicioso vinho doce, ou posso apenas olhar para ele com minha câmera para que aquele momento durasse mais. A história foi feita na Pebble Beach Food & amp Wine este ano e eu estava lá.

Depois de uma hora e 15 minutos de caminhada educativa, informativa e agradável por uma das regiões vinícolas mais reais e históricas do mundo e, mais notavelmente, o primeiro vinhedo de crescimento registrado no mundo - Mézes Mály em Tokaj. “Pense em Champagne, Madeira, e aqui temos Royal Tokaji, a razão de estarmos todos aqui agora, porque queremos preservar o legado de Royal Tokaji.” disse Larry Stone, MS.

Os vinhos da região de Tokaj no nordeste da Hungria, localizada 240 quilômetros a nordeste de Budapeste nas montanhas de Zemplén, são considerados os melhores do mundo desde o século 17. Esses excelentes vinhos oferecem doçura concentrada de laranja e mel, combinada com mineralidade de aço e uma acidez surpreendente e limpa, e eles continuarão a se desenvolver e evoluir nas próximas décadas.

“Royal Tokaji foi fundada em 1990 pelo conhecido autor Hugh Johnson e um pequeno grupo de investidores que se inspiraram após a queda do comunismo para restaurar e preservar o precioso legado de vinho da Hungria, para criar e envelhecer esses excepcionais Aszú vinhos. Os primeiros vinhedos de crescimento único de Royal Tokaji (e o grande primeiro crescimento de Mézes Mály) sempre foram propriedade privada. Betsek e Szr. Tamás eram propriedade do Príncipe Rakoczi I e do Príncipe Rakoczi II. ” Charlie Mount continuou a nos explicar a história maravilhosa deste vinho e a história de Royal Tokaji. Fiquei simplesmente pasmo.

Em Tokaj, o solo vulcânico, o clima, as variedades indígenas de uvas, as leveduras indígenas e as profundas caves subterrâneas, combinados com o gênio e as tradições de seus criadores Magyar, resistiram a 400 anos de mudanças.

Royal Tokaji possui mais da metade da Mézes Mály, que significa favo de mel), um dos dois únicos vinhedos em toda Tokaj a ser nomeado como um grande primeiro crescimento na classificação de 1700. Foi referido como “ser a primeira escolha como o mesa real ”, uma distinção honrosa como o Chateau d'Yquem em Bordéus.

Karen MacNeil de The Wine Bible, 2ª edição está disponível em todos os lugares em outubro de 2015, foi uma ótima comentarista, ela se envolveu com outros palestrantes para que eles descrevessem as notas de degustação para o público durante a degustação.

Carlton McCoy, MS de The Little Nell, em Aspen, Colorado, foi afiado, distinto e nervoso na maneira como descreve suas notas de degustação, o público não se cansava disso. McCoy trabalhou em alguns dos melhores restaurantes da cidade de Nova York, como o Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, o Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit e o Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. Ele foi nomeado para a lista da Forbes de "30 com menos de 30 anos", "Melhor Novo Sommelier" da Wine Enthusiast

Charlie Mount era apaixonado por Royal Tokaji. Ele respondeu a muitas perguntas e foi muito informativo com os hóspedes. Ouvi-lo enquanto bebia os vinhos, era uma harmonia perfeita. Ele era um grande contador de histórias com uma paixão como nenhum outro. Charlie Mount conhece bem o vinho doce, quando ele comparou o Royal Tokaji ao Chateau d'Yquem, eu deveria saber a conexão. O primeiro vinho de que se lembrava de ter degustado aos 5 anos foi Chateau d'Yquem 1971. Depois de anos como marca do Grupo LVMH, mudou-se para Champagne Krug e ajudou a lançar o Krug Clos d'Ambonnay, e a expansão do “Krug Quarto."

Depois de mais ou menos uma hora degustando e saboreando um dos melhores vinhos do mundo, conversei com o cofundador e diretor do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins sobre a lendária Essencia, da qual provei uma colher no 3 Restaurante Saison com estrela Michelin em San Francisco, obrigado pela apresentação deste vinho real pelo mestre sommelier Mark Bright há dois anos. Já provei o 5 e o 6 Puttonyos Aszú muitas vezes, mas foi a primeira vez que experimentei o Essencia. Eu não tinha certeza do que esperar, mas desde aquela experiência, me tornei um fã de Royal Tokaji.

“A lendária Essencia, produzida em safras excepcionais, impressiona colecionadores e comensais, principalmente quando é servida em colher de cristal ou porcelana.” Ben Howkins acrescentou.

“Demorou cerca de 200 libras de uva para produzir uma garrafa de Essencia, então aproximadamente 8 libras de uva em 7 anos, para obter 1 colher de Essencia. O Essencia 2003 é oferecido em uma caixa de madeira com dobradiças de latão lindamente projetada, esculpida em carvalho húngaro, forrada com seda e contendo a colher de cristal para beber. A colher foi projetada exclusivamente para Royal Tokaji, permitindo 25 goles por garrafa. Essencia é um vinho imortal e pode durar 200 anos. ” Charlie Mount acrescentou em sua última nota.

Foi uma experiência incrível na vida desta degustação com Royal Tokaji. Estou emocionado com a experiência e amplio meu conhecimento deste vinho real. Depois das nove primeiras safras de crescimento de Mézes Mály, com tantas notas de degustação para eu voltar e lembrar como era quando cheirava o aroma de cada safra pela primeira vez. É algo que nunca esquecerei e que repassarei aos meus colegas, meus clientes, aqueles que nunca mais terão essa chance na história da degustação Royal Tokaji.

Portanto, se você adora Foie Gras tanto quanto eu, peça ao seu sommelier uma dose de Royal Tokaji com o prato, ou se você adora charutos, tortas de frutas, sobremesas de chocolate e queijos, este vinho real pode ser seu mais novo companheiro. Não se esqueça de tweetar ou Instagram sua foto, eu adoraria ouvir de você, e espero que sua experiência com o Royal Tokaji seja tão boa quanto eu.

por Manda Bear - Twitter | Instagram


Doce triunfo: o grande primeiro crescimento do Royal Tokaji

Degustação de vinhos Royal Tokaji com palestrantes: o lendário Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil da The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS de The Little Nell e o co-fundador do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins.

Tive a honra de estar aqui na degustação Royal Tokaji com o próprio cofundador Ben Howkins e palestrantes para os mais renomados profissionais do vinho do mundo na bela Pebble Beach em uma tarde de sábado. Não havia absolutamente nada que eu preferisse fazer mais do que estar na grande companhia de outros profissionais do vinho e fãs do Royal Tokaji, havia cerca de 30 de nós aqui. Pude beber Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály de todas as safras já produzidas, exceto a safra de 1993, quando o Royal Tokaji foi fundado, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 e 2009. “Tivemos uma degustação assim desde que o Royal Tokaji foi fundado em 1993, então esta é apenas a nossa segunda vez. Esta incrível linha de degustação First Growth nunca mais acontecerá. ” Charlie Mount disse.

Achei que deveria saborear até a última gota deste delicioso vinho doce, ou posso apenas olhar para ele com minha câmera para que aquele momento durasse mais. A história foi feita na Pebble Beach Food & amp Wine este ano e eu estava lá.

Depois de uma hora e 15 minutos de caminhada educativa, informativa e agradável por uma das regiões vinícolas mais reais e históricas do mundo e, mais notavelmente, o primeiro vinhedo de crescimento registrado no mundo - Mézes Mály em Tokaj. “Pense em Champagne, Madeira, e aqui temos Royal Tokaji, a razão de estarmos todos aqui agora, porque queremos preservar o legado de Royal Tokaji.” disse Larry Stone, MS.

Os vinhos da região de Tokaj no nordeste da Hungria, localizada 240 quilômetros a nordeste de Budapeste nas montanhas de Zemplén, são considerados os melhores do mundo desde o século 17. Esses excelentes vinhos oferecem doçura concentrada de laranja e mel, combinada com mineralidade de aço e uma acidez surpreendente e limpa, e eles continuarão a se desenvolver e evoluir nas próximas décadas.

“Royal Tokaji foi fundada em 1990 pelo conhecido autor Hugh Johnson e um pequeno grupo de investidores que se inspiraram após a queda do comunismo para restaurar e preservar o precioso legado de vinho da Hungria, para criar e envelhecer esses excepcionais Aszú vinhos. Os primeiros vinhedos de crescimento único de Royal Tokaji (e o grande primeiro crescimento de Mézes Mály) sempre foram propriedade privada. Betsek e Szr. Tamás eram propriedade do Príncipe Rakoczi I e do Príncipe Rakoczi II. ” Charlie Mount continuou a nos explicar a história maravilhosa deste vinho e a história de Royal Tokaji. Fiquei simplesmente pasmo.

Em Tokaj, o solo vulcânico, o clima, as variedades indígenas de uvas, as leveduras indígenas e as profundas caves subterrâneas, combinados com o gênio e as tradições de seus criadores Magyar, resistiram a 400 anos de mudanças.

Royal Tokaji possui mais da metade da Mézes Mály, que significa favo de mel), um dos dois únicos vinhedos em toda Tokaj a ser nomeado como um grande primeiro crescimento na classificação de 1700. Foi referido como “ser a primeira escolha como o mesa real ”, uma distinção honrosa como o Chateau d'Yquem em Bordéus.

Karen MacNeil de The Wine Bible, 2 a edição está disponível em todos os lugares em outubro de 2015, foi uma ótima comentarista, ela se envolveu com outros painelistas para que eles descrevessem as notas de degustação para o público durante a degustação.

Carlton McCoy, MS do The Little Nell, em Aspen, Colorado, foi afiado, distinto e nervoso na maneira como descreve suas notas de degustação, o público não se cansava disso. McCoy trabalhou em alguns dos melhores restaurantes da cidade de Nova York, como o Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, o Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit e o Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. Ele foi nomeado para a lista da Forbes de "30 com menos de 30 anos", "Melhor Novo Sommelier" da Wine Enthusiast

Charlie Mount era apaixonado por Royal Tokaji. Ele respondeu a muitas perguntas e foi muito informativo com os hóspedes. Ouvi-lo enquanto bebia os vinhos, era uma harmonia perfeita. Ele era um grande contador de histórias com uma paixão como nenhum outro. Charlie Mount conhece bem o vinho doce, quando ele comparou o Royal Tokaji ao Chateau d'Yquem, eu deveria saber a conexão. O primeiro vinho de que se lembrava de ter degustado aos 5 anos foi Chateau d'Yquem 1971. Depois de anos como marca do Grupo LVMH, mudou-se para Champagne Krug e ajudou a lançar o Krug Clos d'Ambonnay, e a expansão do “Krug Quarto."

Depois de mais ou menos uma hora degustando e saboreando um dos melhores vinhos do mundo, conversei com o cofundador e diretor do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins sobre a lendária Essencia, da qual provei uma colher no 3 Restaurante Saison com estrela Michelin em San Francisco, obrigado pela apresentação deste vinho real pelo mestre sommelier Mark Bright há dois anos. Já provei o 5 e o 6 Puttonyos Aszú muitas vezes, mas foi a primeira vez que experimentei o Essencia. Eu não tinha certeza do que esperar, mas desde aquela experiência, me tornei um fã de Royal Tokaji.

“A lendária Essencia, produzida em safras excepcionais, impressiona tanto colecionadores quanto clientes, principalmente quando é servida em colher de cristal ou porcelana.” Ben Howkins acrescentou.

“Demorou cerca de 200 libras de uva para produzir uma garrafa de Essencia, então aproximadamente 8 libras de uva em 7 anos, para obter 1 colher de Essencia. O Essencia 2003 é oferecido em uma caixa de madeira com dobradiças de latão lindamente projetada, esculpida em carvalho húngaro, forrada com seda e contendo a colher de cristal para beber. A colher foi projetada exclusivamente para Royal Tokaji, permitindo 25 goles por garrafa. Essencia é um vinho imortal e pode durar 200 anos. ” Charlie Mount acrescentou em sua última nota.

Foi uma experiência incrível na vida desta degustação com Royal Tokaji. Estou emocionado com a experiência e amplio meu conhecimento deste vinho real. Depois das nove primeiras safras de crescimento de Mézes Mály, com tantas notas de degustação para eu voltar e lembrar como era quando cheirava o aroma de cada safra pela primeira vez. É algo que nunca esquecerei e que repassarei aos meus colegas, meus clientes, aqueles que nunca mais terão essa chance na história da degustação Royal Tokaji.

Portanto, se você adora Foie Gras tanto quanto eu, peça ao seu sommelier uma dose de Royal Tokaji com o prato, ou se você adora charutos, tortas de frutas, sobremesas de chocolate e queijos, este vinho real pode ser seu mais novo companheiro. Não se esqueça de tweetar ou Instagram sua foto, eu adoraria ouvir de você, e espero que sua experiência com o Royal Tokaji seja tão boa quanto eu.

por Manda Bear - Twitter | Instagram


Doce triunfo: o grande primeiro crescimento do Royal Tokaji

Degustação de vinhos Royal Tokaji com palestrantes: o lendário Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil da The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS de The Little Nell e o co-fundador do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins.

Tive a honra de estar aqui na degustação Royal Tokaji com o próprio cofundador Ben Howkins e palestrantes para os mais renomados profissionais do vinho do mundo na bela Pebble Beach em uma tarde de sábado. Não havia absolutamente nada que eu preferisse fazer mais do que estar na grande companhia de outros profissionais do vinho e fãs do Royal Tokaji, havia cerca de 30 de nós aqui. Pude beber Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály de todas as safras já produzidas, exceto a safra de 1993, quando Royal Tokaji foi fundada, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 e 2009. “Tivemos uma degustação assim desde que o Royal Tokaji foi fundado em 1993, então esta é apenas a nossa segunda vez. Esta incrível linha de degustação First Growth nunca mais acontecerá. ” Charlie Mount disse.

Achei que deveria saborear até a última gota deste delicioso vinho doce, ou posso apenas olhar para ele com minha câmera para que aquele momento durasse mais. A história foi feita na Pebble Beach Food & amp Wine este ano e eu estava lá.

Depois de uma hora e 15 minutos de caminhada educativa, informativa e agradável por uma das regiões vinícolas mais reais e históricas do mundo e, mais notavelmente, o primeiro vinhedo de crescimento registrado no mundo - Mézes Mály em Tokaj. “Pense em Champagne, Madeira, e aqui temos Royal Tokaji, a razão de estarmos todos aqui agora, porque queremos preservar o legado de Royal Tokaji.” disse Larry Stone, MS.

Os vinhos da região de Tokaj no nordeste da Hungria, localizada 240 quilômetros a nordeste de Budapeste nas montanhas de Zemplén, são considerados os melhores do mundo desde o século 17. Esses excelentes vinhos oferecem doçura concentrada de laranja e mel, combinada com mineralidade de aço e uma acidez surpreendente e limpa, e eles continuarão a se desenvolver e evoluir nas próximas décadas.

“Royal Tokaji foi fundada em 1990 pelo conhecido autor Hugh Johnson e um pequeno grupo de investidores que se inspiraram após a queda do comunismo para restaurar e preservar o precioso legado de vinho da Hungria, para criar e envelhecer esses excepcionais Aszú vinhos. Os primeiros vinhedos de crescimento único de Royal Tokaji (e o grande primeiro crescimento de Mézes Mály) sempre foram propriedade privada. Betsek e Szr. Tamás eram propriedade do Príncipe Rakoczi I e do Príncipe Rakoczi II. ” Charlie Mount continuou a nos explicar a história maravilhosa deste vinho e a história de Royal Tokaji. Fiquei simplesmente pasmo.

Em Tokaj, o solo vulcânico, o clima, as variedades indígenas de uvas, as leveduras indígenas e as profundas caves subterrâneas, combinados com o gênio e as tradições de seus criadores Magyar, resistiram a 400 anos de mudanças.

Royal Tokaji possui mais da metade da Mézes Mály, que significa favo de mel), um dos dois únicos vinhedos em toda Tokaj a ser nomeado como um grande primeiro crescimento na classificação de 1700. Foi referido como “ser a primeira escolha como o mesa real ”, uma distinção honrosa como o Chateau d'Yquem em Bordéus.

Karen MacNeil de The Wine Bible, 2ª edição está disponível em todos os lugares em outubro de 2015, foi uma ótima comentarista, ela se envolveu com outros palestrantes para que eles descrevessem as notas de degustação para o público durante a degustação.

Carlton McCoy, MS do The Little Nell, em Aspen, Colorado, foi afiado, distinto e nervoso na maneira como descreve suas notas de degustação, o público não se cansava disso. McCoy trabalhou em alguns dos melhores restaurantes da cidade de Nova York, como o Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, o Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit e o Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. Ele foi nomeado para a lista da Forbes de “30 com menos de 30 anos”, “Melhor Novo Sommelier” da Wine Enthusiast

Charlie Mount era apaixonado por Royal Tokaji. Ele respondeu a muitas perguntas e foi muito informativo com os hóspedes. Ouvi-lo enquanto degustava os vinhos, era uma harmonia perfeita. Ele era um grande contador de histórias com uma paixão como nenhum outro. Charlie Mount conhece bem o vinho doce, quando ele comparou o Royal Tokaji ao Chateau d'Yquem, eu deveria saber a conexão. O primeiro vinho de que se lembrava de ter degustado aos 5 anos foi Chateau d'Yquem 1971. Depois de anos como marca do Grupo LVMH, mudou-se para Champagne Krug e ajudou a lançar o Krug Clos d'Ambonnay, e a expansão do “Krug Quarto."

Depois de mais ou menos uma hora degustando e saboreando um dos melhores vinhos do mundo, conversei com o cofundador e diretor do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins sobre a lendária Essencia, da qual provei uma colher no 3 Restaurante Saison com estrela Michelin em San Francisco, obrigado pela apresentação deste vinho real pelo mestre sommelier Mark Bright há dois anos. Já provei o 5 e o 6 Puttonyos Aszú muitas vezes antes, mas foi a primeira vez que experimentei o Essencia. Eu não tinha certeza do que esperar, mas desde aquela experiência, me tornei um fã de Royal Tokaji.

“A lendária Essencia, produzida em safras excepcionais, impressiona tanto colecionadores quanto clientes, principalmente quando é servida em colher de cristal ou porcelana.” Ben Howkins acrescentou.

“Demorou cerca de 200 libras de uva para produzir uma garrafa de Essencia, então aproximadamente 8 libras de uva em 7 anos, para obter 1 colher de Essencia. O Essencia 2003 é oferecido em uma caixa de madeira com dobradiças de latão lindamente projetada, esculpida em carvalho húngaro, forrada com seda e contendo a colher de cristal para beber. A colher foi projetada exclusivamente para Royal Tokaji, permitindo 25 goles por garrafa. Essencia é um vinho imortal e pode durar 200 anos. ” Charlie Mount acrescentou em sua última nota.

Foi uma experiência incrível na vida desta degustação com Royal Tokaji. Estou emocionado com a experiência e amplio meu conhecimento deste vinho real. Depois das nove primeiras safras de crescimento de Mézes Mály, com tantas notas de degustação para eu voltar e lembrar como era quando cheirava o aroma de cada safra pela primeira vez. É algo que nunca esquecerei, e passarei para meus colegas, meus clientes, aqueles que nunca mais terão essa chance na história da degustação de Royal Tokaji.

Portanto, se você adora Foie Gras tanto quanto eu, peça ao seu sommelier uma dose de Royal Tokaji com o prato, ou se você adora charutos, tortas de frutas, sobremesas de chocolate e queijos, este vinho real pode ser seu mais novo companheiro. Não se esqueça de tweetar ou Instagram sua foto, eu adoraria ouvir de você, e espero que sua experiência com o Royal Tokaji seja tão boa quanto eu.

por Manda Bear - Twitter | Instagram


Doce triunfo: o grande primeiro crescimento do Royal Tokaji

Degustação de vinhos Royal Tokaji com palestrantes: o lendário Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil da The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS de The Little Nell e o co-fundador do Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins.

Tive a honra de estar aqui na degustação Royal Tokaji com o próprio cofundador Ben Howkins e palestrantes para os mais renomados profissionais do vinho do mundo na bela Pebble Beach em uma tarde de sábado. There was absolutely nothing I would rather do more than being there in the great company of other wine professionals and Royal Tokaji fans alike, there was about 30 of us here. I got to drink Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály of every single vintage was ever produced, except the 1993 vintage when Royal Tokaji was founded, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “We had one tasting like this since Royal Tokaji was founded since 1993, so this is only our second time. This amazing line up of First Growth tasting will never happen again.” Charlie Mount said.

I thought I should savor to the very last drop of this delicious sweet wine, or I can just stare at it with my camera so that moment would last longer. History was made at Pebble Beach Food & Wine this year and I was there.

After an hour and 15 minutes of educational, informative and enjoyable to walk through one of the world’s most royal and historic wine regions, and most notably, the world’s first-recorded first growth vineyard – Mézes Mály in Tokaj. “Think of Champagne, Madeira, and here we have Royal Tokaji , the reason we’re all here now because we want to preserve the legacy of Royal Tokaji .” said Larry Stone, MS.

Wines from Tokaj region in Northeast Hungary, located 240 kilometers Northeast of Budapest in the Zemplén Mountains, have been considered the world’s finest since 17 th century. These outstanding wines deliver concentrated orange and honeyed sweetness, combined with steely minerality and astonishing clean acidity, and they will continue to develop and evolve for decades to come.

“Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990 by well-known author Hugh Johnson and a small group of investors who were inspired after the fall of Communism to restore and preserve Hungary’s precious wine legacy, to craft and age these exceptional Aszú vinhos. Royal Tokaji ’s first growth single-vineyards (and great-first-growth Mézes Mály) have always been privately owned. Betsek and Szr. Tamás were owned by Prince Rakoczi I and Prince Rakoczi II.” Charlie Mount continued to explain to us about the wonderful history of this wine and the story of Royal Tokaji. I was simply amazed.

In Tokaj, the volcanic soil, climate, indigenous grape varieties, indigenous yeasts ad deep underground cellars, combined with the genius and traditions of their Magyar creators, have withstood 400 years of change.

Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály meaning honeycomb), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has been referred to as “to be the first choice as the royal table,” an honorable distinction like Chateau d’Yquem in Bordeaux.

Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, 2 nd edition is available everywhere in October 2015, was a great commentator, she was engaged with other panelists to have them describe the tasting notes for the audience throughout the tasting.

Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado was sharp, distinctive, and edgy in the way he describes his tasting notes, the audiences couldn’t get enough of it. McCoy had worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City such as Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. He was named to Forbes’ list “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier”

Charlie Mount was passionate about Royal Tokaji. He answered many questions and was very informative with guests. Listened to him while sipping the wines, it was a perfect harmony. He was a great story teller with a passion like no other. Charlie Mount is no stranger to sweet wine, when he compared Royal Tokaji to Chateau d’Yquem I should have know the connection. The first wine he could remember tasting at the age of 5 was Chateau d’Yquem 1971. After years of branding for LVMH Group, he moved to Champagne Krug and helped to launch the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the expansion of the “Krug Room.”

After an hour or so of tasting and indulging one of the finest wines in the world, I got to talk with Co-Founder and Director at Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins about the legendary Essencia, which I got to taste a spoon of it at the 3 Michelin Star Saison Restaurant in San Francisco, thank you to the introduction of this royal wine by Master Sommelier Mark Bright two years ago. I had the 5 and 6 Puttonyos Aszú many times before but this was the first time I got to try the Essencia. I wasn’t sure what to expect then, but ever since that experience, I became a fan of Royal Tokaji.

“The legendary Essencia, produced in exceptional vintages, is wowing collectors and diners alike, especially when it is served in crystal or porcelain spoon.” Ben Howkins added.

“It took about 200 lbs of grape to produce a bottle of Essencia, so approximately 8 lbs of grape over 7 years, to get 1 spoon of the Essencia. The 2003 Essencia is offered in a beautifully designed brass-hinged wooden boxed carved from Hungarian oak, lined with silk and containing the crystal spoon for sipping. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 sips per bottle. Essencia is an immortal wine and may last for 200 years.” Charlie Mount added on his last note.

It was an incredible one in a life time experience of this tasting with Royal Tokaji. I’m humbled by the experience and broaden my knowledge of this royal wine. After the nine first growth vintages of Mézes Mály, with so many tasting notes for me to go back and remember what it was like when I first smell the aroma of each vintage. It’s something that I will never forget, and something I will pass on to my colleagues, my clients, those that will not have this chance ever again in the history of Royal Tokaji tasting.

So if you love Foie Gras as much as I do, ask your sommelier for a pour of Royal Tokaji with the dish, or if you lover cigars, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and cheeses, this royal wine can be your newest companion. Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram me your photo, I would love to hear from you, and I hope your experience with Royal Tokaji will be as good as I have.

by Manda Bear – Twitter | Instagram


Sweet Triumph: The Great First Growth of Royal Tokaji

Royal Tokaji wine tasting with panelists: Legendary Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, and Royal Tokaji Co-founder Ben Howkins.

I was honor to be here at the Royal Tokaji tasting with the Co-Founder Ben Howkins himself, and panelists for the top celebrated wine professionals in the world at the beautiful Pebble Beach on a Saturday afternoon. There was absolutely nothing I would rather do more than being there in the great company of other wine professionals and Royal Tokaji fans alike, there was about 30 of us here. I got to drink Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály of every single vintage was ever produced, except the 1993 vintage when Royal Tokaji was founded, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “We had one tasting like this since Royal Tokaji was founded since 1993, so this is only our second time. This amazing line up of First Growth tasting will never happen again.” Charlie Mount said.

I thought I should savor to the very last drop of this delicious sweet wine, or I can just stare at it with my camera so that moment would last longer. History was made at Pebble Beach Food & Wine this year and I was there.

After an hour and 15 minutes of educational, informative and enjoyable to walk through one of the world’s most royal and historic wine regions, and most notably, the world’s first-recorded first growth vineyard – Mézes Mály in Tokaj. “Think of Champagne, Madeira, and here we have Royal Tokaji , the reason we’re all here now because we want to preserve the legacy of Royal Tokaji .” said Larry Stone, MS.

Wines from Tokaj region in Northeast Hungary, located 240 kilometers Northeast of Budapest in the Zemplén Mountains, have been considered the world’s finest since 17 th century. These outstanding wines deliver concentrated orange and honeyed sweetness, combined with steely minerality and astonishing clean acidity, and they will continue to develop and evolve for decades to come.

“Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990 by well-known author Hugh Johnson and a small group of investors who were inspired after the fall of Communism to restore and preserve Hungary’s precious wine legacy, to craft and age these exceptional Aszú vinhos. Royal Tokaji ’s first growth single-vineyards (and great-first-growth Mézes Mály) have always been privately owned. Betsek and Szr. Tamás were owned by Prince Rakoczi I and Prince Rakoczi II.” Charlie Mount continued to explain to us about the wonderful history of this wine and the story of Royal Tokaji. I was simply amazed.

In Tokaj, the volcanic soil, climate, indigenous grape varieties, indigenous yeasts ad deep underground cellars, combined with the genius and traditions of their Magyar creators, have withstood 400 years of change.

Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály meaning honeycomb), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has been referred to as “to be the first choice as the royal table,” an honorable distinction like Chateau d’Yquem in Bordeaux.

Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, 2 nd edition is available everywhere in October 2015, was a great commentator, she was engaged with other panelists to have them describe the tasting notes for the audience throughout the tasting.

Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado was sharp, distinctive, and edgy in the way he describes his tasting notes, the audiences couldn’t get enough of it. McCoy had worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City such as Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. He was named to Forbes’ list “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier”

Charlie Mount was passionate about Royal Tokaji. He answered many questions and was very informative with guests. Listened to him while sipping the wines, it was a perfect harmony. He was a great story teller with a passion like no other. Charlie Mount is no stranger to sweet wine, when he compared Royal Tokaji to Chateau d’Yquem I should have know the connection. The first wine he could remember tasting at the age of 5 was Chateau d’Yquem 1971. After years of branding for LVMH Group, he moved to Champagne Krug and helped to launch the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the expansion of the “Krug Room.”

After an hour or so of tasting and indulging one of the finest wines in the world, I got to talk with Co-Founder and Director at Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins about the legendary Essencia, which I got to taste a spoon of it at the 3 Michelin Star Saison Restaurant in San Francisco, thank you to the introduction of this royal wine by Master Sommelier Mark Bright two years ago. I had the 5 and 6 Puttonyos Aszú many times before but this was the first time I got to try the Essencia. I wasn’t sure what to expect then, but ever since that experience, I became a fan of Royal Tokaji.

“The legendary Essencia, produced in exceptional vintages, is wowing collectors and diners alike, especially when it is served in crystal or porcelain spoon.” Ben Howkins added.

“It took about 200 lbs of grape to produce a bottle of Essencia, so approximately 8 lbs of grape over 7 years, to get 1 spoon of the Essencia. The 2003 Essencia is offered in a beautifully designed brass-hinged wooden boxed carved from Hungarian oak, lined with silk and containing the crystal spoon for sipping. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 sips per bottle. Essencia is an immortal wine and may last for 200 years.” Charlie Mount added on his last note.

It was an incredible one in a life time experience of this tasting with Royal Tokaji. I’m humbled by the experience and broaden my knowledge of this royal wine. After the nine first growth vintages of Mézes Mály, with so many tasting notes for me to go back and remember what it was like when I first smell the aroma of each vintage. It’s something that I will never forget, and something I will pass on to my colleagues, my clients, those that will not have this chance ever again in the history of Royal Tokaji tasting.

So if you love Foie Gras as much as I do, ask your sommelier for a pour of Royal Tokaji with the dish, or if you lover cigars, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and cheeses, this royal wine can be your newest companion. Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram me your photo, I would love to hear from you, and I hope your experience with Royal Tokaji will be as good as I have.

by Manda Bear – Twitter | Instagram


Sweet Triumph: The Great First Growth of Royal Tokaji

Royal Tokaji wine tasting with panelists: Legendary Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, and Royal Tokaji Co-founder Ben Howkins.

I was honor to be here at the Royal Tokaji tasting with the Co-Founder Ben Howkins himself, and panelists for the top celebrated wine professionals in the world at the beautiful Pebble Beach on a Saturday afternoon. There was absolutely nothing I would rather do more than being there in the great company of other wine professionals and Royal Tokaji fans alike, there was about 30 of us here. I got to drink Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály of every single vintage was ever produced, except the 1993 vintage when Royal Tokaji was founded, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “We had one tasting like this since Royal Tokaji was founded since 1993, so this is only our second time. This amazing line up of First Growth tasting will never happen again.” Charlie Mount said.

I thought I should savor to the very last drop of this delicious sweet wine, or I can just stare at it with my camera so that moment would last longer. History was made at Pebble Beach Food & Wine this year and I was there.

After an hour and 15 minutes of educational, informative and enjoyable to walk through one of the world’s most royal and historic wine regions, and most notably, the world’s first-recorded first growth vineyard – Mézes Mály in Tokaj. “Think of Champagne, Madeira, and here we have Royal Tokaji , the reason we’re all here now because we want to preserve the legacy of Royal Tokaji .” said Larry Stone, MS.

Wines from Tokaj region in Northeast Hungary, located 240 kilometers Northeast of Budapest in the Zemplén Mountains, have been considered the world’s finest since 17 th century. These outstanding wines deliver concentrated orange and honeyed sweetness, combined with steely minerality and astonishing clean acidity, and they will continue to develop and evolve for decades to come.

“Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990 by well-known author Hugh Johnson and a small group of investors who were inspired after the fall of Communism to restore and preserve Hungary’s precious wine legacy, to craft and age these exceptional Aszú vinhos. Royal Tokaji ’s first growth single-vineyards (and great-first-growth Mézes Mály) have always been privately owned. Betsek and Szr. Tamás were owned by Prince Rakoczi I and Prince Rakoczi II.” Charlie Mount continued to explain to us about the wonderful history of this wine and the story of Royal Tokaji. I was simply amazed.

In Tokaj, the volcanic soil, climate, indigenous grape varieties, indigenous yeasts ad deep underground cellars, combined with the genius and traditions of their Magyar creators, have withstood 400 years of change.

Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály meaning honeycomb), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has been referred to as “to be the first choice as the royal table,” an honorable distinction like Chateau d’Yquem in Bordeaux.

Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, 2 nd edition is available everywhere in October 2015, was a great commentator, she was engaged with other panelists to have them describe the tasting notes for the audience throughout the tasting.

Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado was sharp, distinctive, and edgy in the way he describes his tasting notes, the audiences couldn’t get enough of it. McCoy had worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City such as Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. He was named to Forbes’ list “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier”

Charlie Mount was passionate about Royal Tokaji. He answered many questions and was very informative with guests. Listened to him while sipping the wines, it was a perfect harmony. He was a great story teller with a passion like no other. Charlie Mount is no stranger to sweet wine, when he compared Royal Tokaji to Chateau d’Yquem I should have know the connection. The first wine he could remember tasting at the age of 5 was Chateau d’Yquem 1971. After years of branding for LVMH Group, he moved to Champagne Krug and helped to launch the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the expansion of the “Krug Room.”

After an hour or so of tasting and indulging one of the finest wines in the world, I got to talk with Co-Founder and Director at Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins about the legendary Essencia, which I got to taste a spoon of it at the 3 Michelin Star Saison Restaurant in San Francisco, thank you to the introduction of this royal wine by Master Sommelier Mark Bright two years ago. I had the 5 and 6 Puttonyos Aszú many times before but this was the first time I got to try the Essencia. I wasn’t sure what to expect then, but ever since that experience, I became a fan of Royal Tokaji.

“The legendary Essencia, produced in exceptional vintages, is wowing collectors and diners alike, especially when it is served in crystal or porcelain spoon.” Ben Howkins added.

“It took about 200 lbs of grape to produce a bottle of Essencia, so approximately 8 lbs of grape over 7 years, to get 1 spoon of the Essencia. The 2003 Essencia is offered in a beautifully designed brass-hinged wooden boxed carved from Hungarian oak, lined with silk and containing the crystal spoon for sipping. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 sips per bottle. Essencia is an immortal wine and may last for 200 years.” Charlie Mount added on his last note.

It was an incredible one in a life time experience of this tasting with Royal Tokaji. I’m humbled by the experience and broaden my knowledge of this royal wine. After the nine first growth vintages of Mézes Mály, with so many tasting notes for me to go back and remember what it was like when I first smell the aroma of each vintage. It’s something that I will never forget, and something I will pass on to my colleagues, my clients, those that will not have this chance ever again in the history of Royal Tokaji tasting.

So if you love Foie Gras as much as I do, ask your sommelier for a pour of Royal Tokaji with the dish, or if you lover cigars, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and cheeses, this royal wine can be your newest companion. Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram me your photo, I would love to hear from you, and I hope your experience with Royal Tokaji will be as good as I have.

by Manda Bear – Twitter | Instagram


Sweet Triumph: The Great First Growth of Royal Tokaji

Royal Tokaji wine tasting with panelists: Legendary Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, and Royal Tokaji Co-founder Ben Howkins.

I was honor to be here at the Royal Tokaji tasting with the Co-Founder Ben Howkins himself, and panelists for the top celebrated wine professionals in the world at the beautiful Pebble Beach on a Saturday afternoon. There was absolutely nothing I would rather do more than being there in the great company of other wine professionals and Royal Tokaji fans alike, there was about 30 of us here. I got to drink Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály of every single vintage was ever produced, except the 1993 vintage when Royal Tokaji was founded, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “We had one tasting like this since Royal Tokaji was founded since 1993, so this is only our second time. This amazing line up of First Growth tasting will never happen again.” Charlie Mount said.

I thought I should savor to the very last drop of this delicious sweet wine, or I can just stare at it with my camera so that moment would last longer. History was made at Pebble Beach Food & Wine this year and I was there.

After an hour and 15 minutes of educational, informative and enjoyable to walk through one of the world’s most royal and historic wine regions, and most notably, the world’s first-recorded first growth vineyard – Mézes Mály in Tokaj. “Think of Champagne, Madeira, and here we have Royal Tokaji , the reason we’re all here now because we want to preserve the legacy of Royal Tokaji .” said Larry Stone, MS.

Wines from Tokaj region in Northeast Hungary, located 240 kilometers Northeast of Budapest in the Zemplén Mountains, have been considered the world’s finest since 17 th century. These outstanding wines deliver concentrated orange and honeyed sweetness, combined with steely minerality and astonishing clean acidity, and they will continue to develop and evolve for decades to come.

“Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990 by well-known author Hugh Johnson and a small group of investors who were inspired after the fall of Communism to restore and preserve Hungary’s precious wine legacy, to craft and age these exceptional Aszú vinhos. Royal Tokaji ’s first growth single-vineyards (and great-first-growth Mézes Mály) have always been privately owned. Betsek and Szr. Tamás were owned by Prince Rakoczi I and Prince Rakoczi II.” Charlie Mount continued to explain to us about the wonderful history of this wine and the story of Royal Tokaji. I was simply amazed.

In Tokaj, the volcanic soil, climate, indigenous grape varieties, indigenous yeasts ad deep underground cellars, combined with the genius and traditions of their Magyar creators, have withstood 400 years of change.

Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály meaning honeycomb), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has been referred to as “to be the first choice as the royal table,” an honorable distinction like Chateau d’Yquem in Bordeaux.

Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, 2 nd edition is available everywhere in October 2015, was a great commentator, she was engaged with other panelists to have them describe the tasting notes for the audience throughout the tasting.

Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado was sharp, distinctive, and edgy in the way he describes his tasting notes, the audiences couldn’t get enough of it. McCoy had worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City such as Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. He was named to Forbes’ list “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier”

Charlie Mount was passionate about Royal Tokaji. He answered many questions and was very informative with guests. Listened to him while sipping the wines, it was a perfect harmony. He was a great story teller with a passion like no other. Charlie Mount is no stranger to sweet wine, when he compared Royal Tokaji to Chateau d’Yquem I should have know the connection. The first wine he could remember tasting at the age of 5 was Chateau d’Yquem 1971. After years of branding for LVMH Group, he moved to Champagne Krug and helped to launch the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the expansion of the “Krug Room.”

After an hour or so of tasting and indulging one of the finest wines in the world, I got to talk with Co-Founder and Director at Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins about the legendary Essencia, which I got to taste a spoon of it at the 3 Michelin Star Saison Restaurant in San Francisco, thank you to the introduction of this royal wine by Master Sommelier Mark Bright two years ago. I had the 5 and 6 Puttonyos Aszú many times before but this was the first time I got to try the Essencia. I wasn’t sure what to expect then, but ever since that experience, I became a fan of Royal Tokaji.

“The legendary Essencia, produced in exceptional vintages, is wowing collectors and diners alike, especially when it is served in crystal or porcelain spoon.” Ben Howkins added.

“It took about 200 lbs of grape to produce a bottle of Essencia, so approximately 8 lbs of grape over 7 years, to get 1 spoon of the Essencia. The 2003 Essencia is offered in a beautifully designed brass-hinged wooden boxed carved from Hungarian oak, lined with silk and containing the crystal spoon for sipping. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 sips per bottle. Essencia is an immortal wine and may last for 200 years.” Charlie Mount added on his last note.

It was an incredible one in a life time experience of this tasting with Royal Tokaji. I’m humbled by the experience and broaden my knowledge of this royal wine. After the nine first growth vintages of Mézes Mály, with so many tasting notes for me to go back and remember what it was like when I first smell the aroma of each vintage. It’s something that I will never forget, and something I will pass on to my colleagues, my clients, those that will not have this chance ever again in the history of Royal Tokaji tasting.

So if you love Foie Gras as much as I do, ask your sommelier for a pour of Royal Tokaji with the dish, or if you lover cigars, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and cheeses, this royal wine can be your newest companion. Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram me your photo, I would love to hear from you, and I hope your experience with Royal Tokaji will be as good as I have.

by Manda Bear – Twitter | Instagram


Sweet Triumph: The Great First Growth of Royal Tokaji

Royal Tokaji wine tasting with panelists: Legendary Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, and Royal Tokaji Co-founder Ben Howkins.

I was honor to be here at the Royal Tokaji tasting with the Co-Founder Ben Howkins himself, and panelists for the top celebrated wine professionals in the world at the beautiful Pebble Beach on a Saturday afternoon. There was absolutely nothing I would rather do more than being there in the great company of other wine professionals and Royal Tokaji fans alike, there was about 30 of us here. I got to drink Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály of every single vintage was ever produced, except the 1993 vintage when Royal Tokaji was founded, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “We had one tasting like this since Royal Tokaji was founded since 1993, so this is only our second time. This amazing line up of First Growth tasting will never happen again.” Charlie Mount said.

I thought I should savor to the very last drop of this delicious sweet wine, or I can just stare at it with my camera so that moment would last longer. History was made at Pebble Beach Food & Wine this year and I was there.

After an hour and 15 minutes of educational, informative and enjoyable to walk through one of the world’s most royal and historic wine regions, and most notably, the world’s first-recorded first growth vineyard – Mézes Mály in Tokaj. “Think of Champagne, Madeira, and here we have Royal Tokaji , the reason we’re all here now because we want to preserve the legacy of Royal Tokaji .” said Larry Stone, MS.

Wines from Tokaj region in Northeast Hungary, located 240 kilometers Northeast of Budapest in the Zemplén Mountains, have been considered the world’s finest since 17 th century. These outstanding wines deliver concentrated orange and honeyed sweetness, combined with steely minerality and astonishing clean acidity, and they will continue to develop and evolve for decades to come.

“Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990 by well-known author Hugh Johnson and a small group of investors who were inspired after the fall of Communism to restore and preserve Hungary’s precious wine legacy, to craft and age these exceptional Aszú vinhos. Royal Tokaji ’s first growth single-vineyards (and great-first-growth Mézes Mály) have always been privately owned. Betsek and Szr. Tamás were owned by Prince Rakoczi I and Prince Rakoczi II.” Charlie Mount continued to explain to us about the wonderful history of this wine and the story of Royal Tokaji. I was simply amazed.

In Tokaj, the volcanic soil, climate, indigenous grape varieties, indigenous yeasts ad deep underground cellars, combined with the genius and traditions of their Magyar creators, have withstood 400 years of change.

Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály meaning honeycomb), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has been referred to as “to be the first choice as the royal table,” an honorable distinction like Chateau d’Yquem in Bordeaux.

Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, 2 nd edition is available everywhere in October 2015, was a great commentator, she was engaged with other panelists to have them describe the tasting notes for the audience throughout the tasting.

Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado was sharp, distinctive, and edgy in the way he describes his tasting notes, the audiences couldn’t get enough of it. McCoy had worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City such as Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. He was named to Forbes’ list “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier”

Charlie Mount was passionate about Royal Tokaji. He answered many questions and was very informative with guests. Listened to him while sipping the wines, it was a perfect harmony. He was a great story teller with a passion like no other. Charlie Mount is no stranger to sweet wine, when he compared Royal Tokaji to Chateau d’Yquem I should have know the connection. The first wine he could remember tasting at the age of 5 was Chateau d’Yquem 1971. After years of branding for LVMH Group, he moved to Champagne Krug and helped to launch the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the expansion of the “Krug Room.”

After an hour or so of tasting and indulging one of the finest wines in the world, I got to talk with Co-Founder and Director at Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins about the legendary Essencia, which I got to taste a spoon of it at the 3 Michelin Star Saison Restaurant in San Francisco, thank you to the introduction of this royal wine by Master Sommelier Mark Bright two years ago. I had the 5 and 6 Puttonyos Aszú many times before but this was the first time I got to try the Essencia. I wasn’t sure what to expect then, but ever since that experience, I became a fan of Royal Tokaji.

“The legendary Essencia, produced in exceptional vintages, is wowing collectors and diners alike, especially when it is served in crystal or porcelain spoon.” Ben Howkins added.

“It took about 200 lbs of grape to produce a bottle of Essencia, so approximately 8 lbs of grape over 7 years, to get 1 spoon of the Essencia. The 2003 Essencia is offered in a beautifully designed brass-hinged wooden boxed carved from Hungarian oak, lined with silk and containing the crystal spoon for sipping. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 sips per bottle. Essencia is an immortal wine and may last for 200 years.” Charlie Mount added on his last note.

It was an incredible one in a life time experience of this tasting with Royal Tokaji. I’m humbled by the experience and broaden my knowledge of this royal wine. After the nine first growth vintages of Mézes Mály, with so many tasting notes for me to go back and remember what it was like when I first smell the aroma of each vintage. It’s something that I will never forget, and something I will pass on to my colleagues, my clients, those that will not have this chance ever again in the history of Royal Tokaji tasting.

So if you love Foie Gras as much as I do, ask your sommelier for a pour of Royal Tokaji with the dish, or if you lover cigars, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and cheeses, this royal wine can be your newest companion. Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram me your photo, I would love to hear from you, and I hope your experience with Royal Tokaji will be as good as I have.

by Manda Bear – Twitter | Instagram


Sweet Triumph: The Great First Growth of Royal Tokaji

Royal Tokaji wine tasting with panelists: Legendary Larry Stone, MS, Charlie Mount of Royal Tokaji, Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, and Royal Tokaji Co-founder Ben Howkins.

I was honor to be here at the Royal Tokaji tasting with the Co-Founder Ben Howkins himself, and panelists for the top celebrated wine professionals in the world at the beautiful Pebble Beach on a Saturday afternoon. There was absolutely nothing I would rather do more than being there in the great company of other wine professionals and Royal Tokaji fans alike, there was about 30 of us here. I got to drink Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály of every single vintage was ever produced, except the 1993 vintage when Royal Tokaji was founded, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “We had one tasting like this since Royal Tokaji was founded since 1993, so this is only our second time. This amazing line up of First Growth tasting will never happen again.” Charlie Mount said.

I thought I should savor to the very last drop of this delicious sweet wine, or I can just stare at it with my camera so that moment would last longer. History was made at Pebble Beach Food & Wine this year and I was there.

After an hour and 15 minutes of educational, informative and enjoyable to walk through one of the world’s most royal and historic wine regions, and most notably, the world’s first-recorded first growth vineyard – Mézes Mály in Tokaj. “Think of Champagne, Madeira, and here we have Royal Tokaji , the reason we’re all here now because we want to preserve the legacy of Royal Tokaji .” said Larry Stone, MS.

Wines from Tokaj region in Northeast Hungary, located 240 kilometers Northeast of Budapest in the Zemplén Mountains, have been considered the world’s finest since 17 th century. These outstanding wines deliver concentrated orange and honeyed sweetness, combined with steely minerality and astonishing clean acidity, and they will continue to develop and evolve for decades to come.

“Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990 by well-known author Hugh Johnson and a small group of investors who were inspired after the fall of Communism to restore and preserve Hungary’s precious wine legacy, to craft and age these exceptional Aszú vinhos. Royal Tokaji ’s first growth single-vineyards (and great-first-growth Mézes Mály) have always been privately owned. Betsek and Szr. Tamás were owned by Prince Rakoczi I and Prince Rakoczi II.” Charlie Mount continued to explain to us about the wonderful history of this wine and the story of Royal Tokaji. I was simply amazed.

In Tokaj, the volcanic soil, climate, indigenous grape varieties, indigenous yeasts ad deep underground cellars, combined with the genius and traditions of their Magyar creators, have withstood 400 years of change.

Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály meaning honeycomb), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has been referred to as “to be the first choice as the royal table,” an honorable distinction like Chateau d’Yquem in Bordeaux.

Karen MacNeil of The Wine Bible, 2 nd edition is available everywhere in October 2015, was a great commentator, she was engaged with other panelists to have them describe the tasting notes for the audience throughout the tasting.

Carlton McCoy, MS of The Little Nell, in Aspen, Colorado was sharp, distinctive, and edgy in the way he describes his tasting notes, the audiences couldn’t get enough of it. McCoy had worked at some of the best restaurants in New York City such as Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. He was named to Forbes’ list “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier”

Charlie Mount was passionate about Royal Tokaji. He answered many questions and was very informative with guests. Listened to him while sipping the wines, it was a perfect harmony. He was a great story teller with a passion like no other. Charlie Mount is no stranger to sweet wine, when he compared Royal Tokaji to Chateau d’Yquem I should have know the connection. The first wine he could remember tasting at the age of 5 was Chateau d’Yquem 1971. After years of branding for LVMH Group, he moved to Champagne Krug and helped to launch the Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and the expansion of the “Krug Room.”

After an hour or so of tasting and indulging one of the finest wines in the world, I got to talk with Co-Founder and Director at Royal Tokaji Ben Howkins about the legendary Essencia, which I got to taste a spoon of it at the 3 Michelin Star Saison Restaurant in San Francisco, thank you to the introduction of this royal wine by Master Sommelier Mark Bright two years ago. I had the 5 and 6 Puttonyos Aszú many times before but this was the first time I got to try the Essencia. I wasn’t sure what to expect then, but ever since that experience, I became a fan of Royal Tokaji.

“The legendary Essencia, produced in exceptional vintages, is wowing collectors and diners alike, especially when it is served in crystal or porcelain spoon.” Ben Howkins added.

“It took about 200 lbs of grape to produce a bottle of Essencia, so approximately 8 lbs of grape over 7 years, to get 1 spoon of the Essencia. The 2003 Essencia is offered in a beautifully designed brass-hinged wooden boxed carved from Hungarian oak, lined with silk and containing the crystal spoon for sipping. The spoon was designed exclusively for Royal Tokaji, enabling 25 sips per bottle. Essencia is an immortal wine and may last for 200 years.” Charlie Mount added on his last note.

It was an incredible one in a life time experience of this tasting with Royal Tokaji. I’m humbled by the experience and broaden my knowledge of this royal wine. After the nine first growth vintages of Mézes Mály, with so many tasting notes for me to go back and remember what it was like when I first smell the aroma of each vintage. It’s something that I will never forget, and something I will pass on to my colleagues, my clients, those that will not have this chance ever again in the history of Royal Tokaji tasting.

So if you love Foie Gras as much as I do, ask your sommelier for a pour of Royal Tokaji with the dish, or if you lover cigars, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts, and cheeses, this royal wine can be your newest companion. Don’t forget to tweet or Instagram me your photo, I would love to hear from you, and I hope your experience with Royal Tokaji will be as good as I have.

by Manda Bear – Twitter | Instagram


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