DRINK IF YOU LIKE: Syrah, Châuteauneuf-du-Pape, Merlot, Bordeaux
Robust and virile, this Bikavér lives up to its translation, “bull’s blood.” Aged nearly two years in oak barrels, this structured red blend seduces with its brambly notes of cranberry, blackberry, and roasted plum. Woody, earthy tones of dried tobacco, autumn leaves, and graphite provide the wine with a distinctive heartiness to warm the soul in the year’s colder months. Tannic and long, the wine is enjoyable today, and also able to be cellared for more than a decade.
Goulash, chicken paprikash, chili, roasted meats, black bean burgers, hearty mushroom dishes, cozy blankets and a glowing fireplace
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, Tóth Ferenc Winery is a testament to the unwavering passion and dedication of its founders, Tóth Ferenc (affectionately known as Uncle Feri) and his wife. Their journey from ordinary jobs to esteemed winegrowers began in the early 80s, culminating in the establishment of the Áfrika Vineyard. Feri stood at the forefront in the 2000s, advocating for the cultivation of rare grape varieties like Kadarka and Leányka in the Eger region. The next generation, represented by Ferenc’s daughter Katalin and son-in-law Zoltán, joined hands in 2005, helping to extend the winery’s cave system, modernize the tasting room, and increase vineyard holdings in Eger’s prime sites. They also played a pivotal role in integrating Egri Csillag, Eger’s flagship white wine, into appellation law. The winery continues its legacy of excellence, garnering awards like Eger Winemaker of the Year and Eger Grape Grower of the Year.