The wines of Patricius Tokaj were poured in New York CIty this week at the Austrian themed restaurant, Blau Gans in Tribeca. The winery, situated in the historic Hungarian wine region of Tokaj, produces both traditional sweet wines as well as dry wines, which are mostly single varietal bottlings.
At the media luncheon, the following wines were featured:
Dry Yellow Muscat 2015 - The winery is really excited to present this wine, as it showcases a deliciously different aspect of the Muscat grape that many consumers don't expect. This wine is vinified completely dry - and it is a great alternative to other light-bodied aromatic wines such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. It was paired with starter courses of smoked salmon as well as spaetzle.
Dry Furmint 2014 - This medium weight wine has a good balance of acidity and fruit, making it a versatile wine with food. It paired at the lunch with main courses of trout and schnitzel.
These dry wines also had fresh new packaging - with clear bottles so the appealing pale gold color of these white wines were nicely displayed as well as simple, elegant labels that give consumers the information they need in clear graphics without a lot of fuss that "old world" wines sometimes include.
Katinka 2012 (late Harvest) - This charming wine is not-too-sweet with enough acidity to carry the residual sugar. It was nicely paired with a spicy paprika appetizer.
Tokaj Aszu 2004- this is the wonderful sweet wine that has made the name Tokaj famous around the world. This vintage was stunning with honey and apricots, lovely acidity, and a super long finish. It was delightfully paired with apple strudel.
Tokaj Eszencia 2000 - the free run juice of the botrytized berries that are used in Tokaj Aszu. Impossibly rich and it will last for many generations. This was best sipped by itself, to appreciate the deep dark toffee and spice flavors.
Patricius winery is bringing fresh new approaches to some of the world's oldest grown grapes with a knowing style that's sure to please today's consumers.