Ask Sid: What is pinot gris in Hungary?

March 17th, 2021
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Question: I enjoyed a not to be forgotten pinot gris wine at a lauded restaurant in Budapest during my 2019 visit but can’t remember the name. Can you help?

Answer: I will try. Can’t assist with the producer. However, the grape variety was undoubtedly Szurkebarat the local name for pinot gris meaning “grey monk”. The best wines are produced from grapes grown on the northern slopes of Lake Balaton near Badacsony on ideal volcanic soils containing chalk. My best guess would be that your memorable wine was named Badacsonyi Szurkebarat. A good one! Hope this might help.

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March 17th, 2021

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