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Later this year, I will have the pleasure of judging at the 2015 edition of the San Francisco International Wine Competition. This will mark my second year as a judge at SFIWC, and is part of my gettin’ busy Summer, during which I’ve somehow amassed a series of competitions, tours, and speaking gigs with little rest between them.
My understanding is that somehow that peripatetic sequence is part of Marvel Studios’ Phase Five plan.
Anyway, I suspect that, while I will enjoy myself at SFIWC immensely, I most likely will not enjoy it quite as immensely as last year, when I had the good fortune of being seated with event host Anthony Dias Blue. Which meant that our table got to judge the best bubbles (by reputation, anyway!) submitted in the competition.
Once can hope, though, right?
Anyway, much more to come on that as events unfold. SFIWC will take place in… San Francisco (duh!) on June 12, 13 and 14.
I do believe that our Furmint adventures, alas, come to an end with this episode, the eleventh in the series (more were filmed, but I’m not sure in what context those will be cropping up; when they do I will let you know). Special thanks to all of those who were responsible for making this happen; I will treasure the memories, the wines, and the insane amount of inside jokes that were added to my already peripatetic personal narrative!
Going Pro with A Go Pro in Tokaj
We go out strong, my friends: in this incarnation, I meet the young and social-media-savvy winemaker László Szilágyi, who hikes me up a steep vineyard, let’s me go a bit crazy with his Go Pro camera, and puts my taste-buds to the test with two of his finest Furmint wines from the Gizella Cellar label.
The wines are excellent… almost as good as the views from the top of the vineyard, and almost as fun as horsing around with a Go Pro.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the Furmint USA video series (if you enjoyed them a tenth as much as I did making them, we will have accomplished something!).
Furmint Adventures Episode 11: Gizella Cellar
I have very fond memories of filming this week’s episode of my Furmint Adventures. But then, if you can’t recall a beautiful day in Tokaj, eating gourmet fare and drinking Gróf Degenfeld wine at their historic hotel with lovely winemaker Vivien Ujvári (who, incidentally, is into prog rock; for that alone, she is a champion)… well, then you have major, major problems, my friend.
In this vid, we have medieval history, small-production Furmint, crazy-good vittles, a Countess, and… damn, what, do you need any more to get you to watch? C’mon, already!
Furmint Adventures Episode 10: Gróf Degenfeld Winery
Say, riddle me this, Batman: where else are you going to get Hungarian Furmint coverage coupled with quotes from Terminator 2?
Nowhere, beeeeeeach, that’s where!
Join me on the next episode of my Tokaj jaunt as I visit the cellar of Majoros Estate, and introduce you to The Furmintator!
Furmint Adventures: Episode 9 Majoros Estate