Wojciech Bońkowski
Wine & tea writing

2013 Tokaj auction wines – full tasting notes

2013 Tokaj auction – my full tasting notes of the 20 wine lots, and buying recommendations.

Tokaj auction sneak preview

Tokaj auction sneak preview: summary of my impressions & why it is worth attending on 27th April.

Tokaj wine auction to be held

Auction of wine in barrel: exciting première for Hungary’s legendary sweet wine.

Drinking with the dinosaurs

Vin jaune, ‘yellow wine’, is one of the world’s weirdiest: like drinking with the dinosaurs.

Pannon Wine Challenge: awards announced

The 2012 Pannon Wine Challenge is over. Grand trophy winner is Oremus Tokaji Aszú 3 puttonyos 2006. There are also surprises, such as gold medals for a Syrah and a Juhfark from… Slovakia.

Neurotic Furmint, cheerful Hárs

Furmint is neurotic and introvert, Hárslevelű self-confident and serene.

2012 Pannon Wine Challenge day 0

Day 0 of the 2012 Pannon Wine Challenge, Michelin-star warm-up dinner in Budapest (if 7 courses can be termed a warm-up).

Szepsy Hárslevelű Király 2006

A dry Tokaj white with the ability to transport.

2011 Pannon Bormustra winners

2011 edition of the Pannon Bormustra was meant to give a new lease of life to this respected Hungarian competition – and it did. The 48 winners confirm this.

A star is born

Stéphanie Berecz of the Kikelet winery in Tokaj is one of my wine heroes. In a region where wines notoriously beat world records of concentration, her style is subtle and concentrated. Her patient work of a decade is being rewarded today with a precious accolade.