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  • Jackiestich@aol.com
    HELLO MICHAEL, HOW TRIP AGAIN SLOVAKIA? I AM JUST WONDERING DO THEY SELLING UNITES STATES AS WINES OR NOT? HOW MUCH COST? HAVE A GREAT DAY. THANK YOU, JACKIE
    Message 1 of 7 , Oct 6, 2008
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      HELLO MICHAEL,
      HOW TRIP AGAIN SLOVAKIA? I AM JUST WONDERING DO THEY SELLING
      UNITES STATES AS WINES OR NOT? HOW MUCH COST?



      HAVE A GREAT DAY.


      THANK YOU, JACKIE STICH


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    • johnqadam
      I have purchased wines at several retail stores in Michalovce. Selection varies and the best availability is at a big box store, Hypernova. The more expensive
      Message 2 of 7 , Oct 7, 2008
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        I have purchased wines at several retail stores in Michalovce.
        Selection varies and the best availability is at a big box store,
        Hypernova. The more expensive Slovak retail selections are priced SKK
        200+. The cheaper ones are not worth drinking, in my opinion.

        At the winery in Tibava and Orechova, as well as the wine store in
        Trebisov there are some more expensive wines but only those produced in
        the general area.

        At the Tokay winery in Vinic'ky, I sampled there oldest, a 1989. I have
        a bottle of Chateau Vinic'ky 6 Putnovy in my wine cellar.

        By drinking wine when I am visiting the area, it is much easier to
        control consumption. My hosts aren't constantly refilling my glass!
      • Caye Caswick
          Looked at my bottles last night, can t remember what they said something with a P -- one is 1999 two others are 2006 (black bottles, pretty cool looking
        Message 3 of 7 , Oct 7, 2008
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          Looked at my bottles last night, can't remember what they said something with a P -- one is 1999 two others are 2006 (black bottles, pretty cool looking actually) and the oldest is 1990 -- I'll have to remember to take a pen and some paper down to the basement tonight and post the vintages and years and wineries -- then someone can let me know what I'm storing down there.
           
           
          Caye


          --- On Tue, 10/7/08, johnqadam <johnqadam@...> wrote:

          From: johnqadam <johnqadam@...>
          Subject: [S-R] Wines in Slovakia
          To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 8:19 AM






          I have purchased wines at several retail stores in Michalovce.
          Selection varies and the best availability is at a big box store,
          Hypernova. The more expensive Slovak retail selections are priced SKK
          200+. The cheaper ones are not worth drinking, in my opinion.

          At the winery in Tibava and Orechova, as well as the wine store in
          Trebisov there are some more expensive wines but only those produced in
          the general area.

          At the Tokay winery in Vinic'ky, I sampled there oldest, a 1989. I have
          a bottle of Chateau Vinic'ky 6 Putnovy in my wine cellar.

          By drinking wine when I am visiting the area, it is much easier to
          control consumption. My hosts aren't constantly refilling my glass!


















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        • Janet Kozlay
          I doubt if you would want any wines produced during the Communist era anyway, even if they were available. The Communists wanted high quantity to export to the
          Message 4 of 7 , Oct 7, 2008
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            I doubt if you would want any wines produced during the Communist era
            anyway, even if they were available. The Communists wanted high quantity to
            export to the Soviets and the quality deteriorated accordingly. The vines
            that produced the best wines were eliminated because they required more
            labor; they also stopped growing on the hillsides, where the best grapes
            grew, because it was easier to harvest them mechanically on flat land.



            Since independence, the area has attracted foreign investments (many from
            France) which have helped to restore the wines to their former quality and
            glory. Although the very expensive Tokaj wine has been emphasized here,
            there are other areas in both Slovakia and Hungary that produce some very
            fine wines, many of them selling at reasonable prices. The only question is
            what we are able to get here in the U.S. If you are able to order wine
            through the Internet, you will obviously have a greater variety to choose
            from than if you are dependent on your local suppliers. Unfortunately that
            is not an option for us in Maryland.



            Janet



            _____

            From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
            Behalf Of johnqadam
            Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 8:19 AM
            To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [S-R] Wines in Slovakia



            I have purchased wines at several retail stores in Michalovce.
            Selection varies and the best availability is at a big box store,
            Hypernova. The more expensive Slovak retail selections are priced SKK
            200+. The cheaper ones are not worth drinking, in my opinion.

            At the winery in Tibava and Orechova, as well as the wine store in
            Trebisov there are some more expensive wines but only those produced in
            the general area.

            At the Tokay winery in Vinic'ky, I sampled there oldest, a 1989. I have
            a bottle of Chateau Vinic'ky 6 Putnovy in my wine cellar.

            By drinking wine when I am visiting the area, it is much easier to
            control consumption. My hosts aren't constantly refilling my glass!





            [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          • helene cincebeaux
            There is an American firm that is importing Slovak wines - River Wines - here is some info taken from Zora Pergl s llively Dumpling newsletter   Dvory nad
            Message 5 of 7 , Oct 7, 2008
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              There is an American firm that is importing Slovak wines - River Wines - here is some info taken from�Zora Pergl's�llively Dumpling newsletter






              "Dvory nad �itavou:

              Our vinery is located in the village of Dvory nad �itavou in the Nov� Z�mky District in the Nitra Region.

              Situated in the Danube lowland on the east bank of the Zitava River, Dvory nad �itavou is one of the oldest and largest villages in Nov� Z�mky.

              The exact date of its establishment is unknown, but it entered the historical record in 1075 and had already existed for some time.

              Our Vinery:

              The location of our vineyards in the southwestern lowlands of the Carpathians provides an ideal southeasterly exposure, so the sun warms the soil and the roots of our vines from early in the morning until late in the day.

              The six designated wine producing regions of Slovakia are concentrated along the lower elevations and foothills of the Carpathian mountains. On the map, the wine regions cluster around Bratislava and then form a narrow band to the east roughly paralleling the Danube and the Hungarian border.

              The geology of South Slovakia is diverse and presents great opportunities to explore the terroir of the country. Our wines convey much more than the fruit of the vine. When you enjoy a glass of our wines, you also enjoy the flavor of the place and the care of the wine makers.

              Our vineyards, winery, and cellars are located in the South Slovakia Region, Juznoslovenska, and our wines proudly bear this appellation on their labels.


              About Slovakia

              A politically youthful country, independent since 1993, Slovakia�s wine production dates from before the 10th century.

              A Central European country sharing the same latitude as Alsace and Burgundy, Slovakia�s geographical location is perfectly suited to the cultivation of wine producing grapes.

              A mountainous, well-irrigated country, Slovakia is divided into six distinct wine regions: Nitra, South Slovakia, Central Slovakia, Eastern Slovakia, Small Carpathians, and Tokay.

              Landlocked and distant from any large body of water, Slovakia enjoys a moderate continental climate which favors the production of excellent wines when combined with careful cultivation.

              A member of NATO and the European Union since 2004, Slovakia is rapidly modernizing its wine producing facilities while preserving the traditions of more than 1,000 years of making wine.

              With a history of wines that have graced the tables of French kings and Austrian emperors, Slovakia today produces wines that compare favorably to the better known wines of Europe.

              Our Wines:
              ��������������������������������������������������������




              �Alibernet 2003





              History:���This cross between alicante bouschet and cabernet sauvignon emerged as recently as 1950 from the Ukraine. The blue/black skin and the red flesh of this grape yield a dark red wine that retains characteristics of the color and flavor of its progenitors.



              Palette:���Deep ruby red.



              Bouquet:���Fruit scents of blackberries and black currants.



              Tasting Notes:���A dry wine with spicy, peppered fruit flavors, a high tannin content, and a long finish.



              Serving Temperature:���64� F
              (18� C)



              Food Pairings:���Alibernet has the tannins and body to pair well with red meats and hard cheeses. It is a natural complement to roasted or slow-cooked dishes like hov�dzia pecienka na hub�ch or braised lamb shanks.
              � Price per bottle�$15.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping


              Cabernet Sauvignon 2003







              History:���This noblest of grapes has been cultivated for several centuries in Bordeaux, France, where it was known as Vidure for its hard vine. Because the fruit is small with a thick skin, it yields an extracted wine that is high in tannin and color.


              Palette:���Deep ruby to a regal magenta-purple.


              Bouquet:���Floral and fruity aromas of violet, cherry, plum, and black currants, enlivened by black pepper and sweetened by chocolate, vanilla and caramel.


              Tasting Notes:���A dry wine with dark cherry, black currant, and green pepper anchored by cedar and mushroom with moderate tannin and a long, persistent finish.


              Serving Temperature:���63� - 64� F (18� C)


              Food Pairings:���Outstanding with red meats, game, pork, cabernet sauvignon is perfect with hearty svieckov� or a substantial prime rib. In addition to pairing well with a wide variety of cheeses, it is a pleasant companion to dark, semi-sweet chocolate deserts.
              Price per bottle�$15.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping


              Frankovka modr� 2003







              History:���This ancient variety, also known as lemberger and blaufrankisch, probably originated in Germany or Austria during the 8th century. The small, strikingly dark blue berries produce a slightly acidic, deep red wine with characteristic hues of blue.


              Palette:���Deep ruby with hints of purple.


              Bouquet:���Scents of ripe fruit, fig, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry.


              Tasting Notes:���A dry wine full of dark berries and candied fruit with balanced tannin and a long finish.


              Serving Temperature:���61� - 65� F (16� - 18� C)


              Food Pairings:���Frankovka modra pairs especially well with spiced dishes, leaner meats, tomato based sauces and strongly flavored cheeses. It is an able accompaniment to Slovakian kurac� paprik��, Catalan escalivada, and feta, pepper jack, and limburger.
              Price per bottle�$15.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping


              Pinot Noir 2005







              History:���One of the oldest wine grapes, this variety has been cultivated in Burgundy, France, for nearly 2000 years. Wines produced from these thin-skinned purple berries are strongly influenced by where they are grown, the terroir.


              Palette:���Light crimson to a medium depth ruby.


              Bouquet:���Aromas of violet, rosemary, cherry, raspberry, and strawberry, balanced by the earthy tones of green tea and mushroom.


              Tasting Notes:���A dry wine with strawberry, cherry, raspberry and chocolate, with spices, cedar, and mushrooms with medium tannins and a long finish.


              Serving Temperature:���61� - 65� F (16� - 18� C)


              Food Pairings:���Generally complementary with beef, veal, pork, pinot noir is a pleasure with Slovakian pork �iv�nska, a surprise with a wilted spinach salad, and an ideal match with gruyere, mild cheddar and other similar cheeses.

              Price per bottle�$16.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping


              St. Laurent 2003







              History:���This variety, genetically related to the pinot noir, is thought to have originated in Alsace, France. The thick skinned, black berries produce a deep red wine praised for its body and tannin content.


              Palette:���Subdued red to dark cherry red.


              Bouquet:���Herbaceous and fruity with raspberry and strawberry.


              Tasting Notes:���A semi-dry wine with cherry and blackberry, prunes, fresh herbs and chocolate with soft tannins and a medium finish.


              Serving Temperature:���61� - 65� F (16� - 18� C)


              Food Pairings:���Versatile like the pinot noir, St. Laurent complements lean or fatty meats. It pairs well with smoked meat and sausage dishes like klob�sov� kol�c, a Slovakian favorite. St. Laurent favors mild and creamy cheeses, like edam and chevre.

              Price per bottle�$14.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping






              Chardonnay 2004







              History:���The earliest European reference to this grape occurs in 1330, but many believe it originated earlier in the Middle East, where it is well established. The ripe, golden-yellow fruit is small, juicy, and thin skinned, generally producing a higher alcohol content wine.


              Palette:���Medium yellow-green to light gold.


              Bouquet:���Grapefruit, lemon, and orange blossom warmed with peach, apple and pineapple with the earthiness of mushroom and the luxury of almond and butter.


              Tasting Notes:���A harmonious, dry wine with apple, pear, peach, lemon, and tangerine flashes, with creamy vanilla and caramel, and a long finish.


              Serving Temperature:���50� - 54� F (10� - 12� C)


              Food Pairings:���A versatile wine, chardonnay works well alone or with fish, poultry, and pasta. It equally complements a simple Slovakian halusky or an elegant salmon rillette. A gregarious wine, it loves havarti and provolone cheeses and kalamata olives.

              Price per bottle�$16.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping


              Pinot Grigio 2004







              History:���Also known as pinot gris, this mutation of the pinot noir was identified in France during the 14th century but is possibly much older. The grapes are primarily a muted purple but can range to shades of pink, even on the same bunch, and produce a light, dry wine.


              Palette:���Late autumn straw to pale gold.


              Bouquet:���The sweetness of caramel and peach balanced with the freshness of lemon and orange blossom.


              Tasting Notes:���A dry, slightly earthy, herbaceous wine with suggestions of citrus, apricot, and vanilla and a very long finish.


              Serving Temperature:���50� - 54� F (10� - 12� C)


              Food Pairings:���Pinot grigio can complement fish and seafood or contrast with butter and cream sauces. It balances the acidity of foods like kapustnica and salad nicoise. It also works well with slightly acidic or salty cheeses like asiago pressato or ricotta salata.

              Price per bottle�$16.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping


              Sauvignon Blanc 2005







              History:���This variety emerged in southwest France as early as the 11th century and is believed to have originated in the Balkans. The green, thick skinned berries are high in acid content and produce crisp, herbaceous wine.


              Palette:���Bright, clear yellow to translucent light green.


              Bouquet:���The citrus scents of grapefruit and lemon sweetened by apple, figs, and melon, complemented by the smell of freshly cut grass.


              Tasting Notes:���A semi-dry wine with pronounced gooseberry, and hints of bell pepper, fig, citrus and summer melon.


              Serving Temperature:���50� - 54� F (10� - 12� C)


              Food Pairings:���Frequently paired with mundane salads and fish dishes, sauvignon deserves a tryst with Slovakian plen� pstruh, Lebanese chicken shawarma and fattoush. Sauvignon cheerfully accompanies pungent and salty cheeses like pecorino and chevre.

              Price per bottle�$15.99 USD

              Click For Secure Shopping

              Oz Clarke, author of a shelf-full of books about wine, including Oz Clarke�s Pocket Guide to Wine 2007, laments the loss of "the traditional heart of wine," the taste of "the place, the grape variety, and the people who make it."

              In an effort to get away from the everyday "ultramodern, smooth-edged" wines, Clarke traveled to Russia and the former Soviet bloc nations, where he enjoyed organic Slovakian Frankovka and other wines. These wines were not sophisticated, processed, or homogenized, but they were wines "of place" and "culture."

              Ultimately, he says, "I loved drinking them, because they brought the taste of human endeavor to the glass, rather than the smooth sheen of industrial efficiency."

              You, too, will love drinking our wines because The River fills each bottle only with the traditional heart of wine.

              Mr. Clarke's statements about Slovakian wine are general approbations and should not be interpreted as a specific endorsement of The River label."

              helene -
              ps - you might enjoy checking out an issue of the e-zine the Dumpling News, tho more Czech oriented it does have some Slovak news. www.thedumplingnews.com
              it has a totally amazing circulation in the hundreds of thousands




              --- On Tue, 10/7/08, Janet Kozlay <kozlay@...> wrote:

              From: Janet Kozlay <kozlay@...>
              Subject: RE: [S-R] Wines from Slovakia and Hungary
              To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 9:59 AM






              I doubt if you would want any wines produced during the Communist era
              anyway, even if they were available. The Communists wanted high quantity to
              export to the Soviets and the quality deteriorated accordingly. The vines
              that produced the best wines were eliminated because they required more
              labor; they also stopped growing on the hillsides, where the best grapes
              grew, because it was easier to harvest them mechanically on flat land.

              Since independence, the area has attracted foreign investments (many from
              France) which have helped to restore the wines to their former quality and
              glory. Although the very expensive Tokaj wine has been emphasized here,
              there are other areas in both Slovakia and Hungary that produce some very
              fine wines, many of them selling at reasonable prices. The only question is
              what we are able to get here in the U.S. If you are able to order wine
              through the Internet, you will obviously have a greater variety to choose
              from than if you are dependent on your local suppliers. Unfortunately that
              is not an option for us in Maryland.

              Janet

              _____

              From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com] On
              Behalf Of johnqadam
              Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 8:19 AM
              To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
              Subject: [S-R] Wines in Slovakia

              I have purchased wines at several retail stores in Michalovce.
              Selection varies and the best availability is at a big box store,
              Hypernova. The more expensive Slovak retail selections are priced SKK
              200+. The cheaper ones are not worth drinking, in my opinion.

              At the winery in Tibava and Orechova, as well as the wine store in
              Trebisov there are some more expensive wines but only those produced in
              the general area.

              At the Tokay winery in Vinic'ky, I sampled there oldest, a 1989. I have
              a bottle of Chateau Vinic'ky 6 Putnovy in my wine cellar.

              By drinking wine when I am visiting the area, it is much easier to
              control consumption. My hosts aren't constantly refilling my glass!

              [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


















              [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            • Tom Geiss
              Yes, Janet, and Helene, a truly beutiful enumeration from both of you, that should make all in Pittsburg, as they listen to Ben play the Fujara, appreciate the
              Message 6 of 7 , Oct 7, 2008
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                Yes, Janet, and Helene, a truly beutiful enumeration from both of you, that
                should make all in Pittsburg, as they listen to Ben play the Fujara,
                appreciate the blood, sweat, labor, and dedication that go into the making
                of what we enjoy so seldom.
                Reminds me also of reading the memoirs of Cardinal Korec, where he
                speaks of having to spend long hours grinding pieces of crystal for
                chandeliers, til his fingers bled, when in captivity as a priest, under the
                communists.
                And of course, there is much history too, surrounding the Fujara, which
                long ago the sheperds would play to help their sheep graze more peacefully.
                Tom
                ----- Original Message -----
                From: "helene cincebeaux" <helenezx@...>
                To: <SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 9:26 AM
                Subject: RE: [S-R] Wines from Slovakia and Hungary


                There is an American firm that is importing Slovak wines - River Wines -
                here is some info taken from Zora Pergl's llively Dumpling newsletter






                "Dvory nad Zitavou:

                Our vinery is located in the village of Dvory nad Zitavou in the Nové Zámky
                District in the Nitra Region.

                Situated in the Danube lowland on the east bank of the Zitava River, Dvory
                nad Zitavou is one of the oldest and largest villages in Nové Zámky.

                The exact date of its establishment is unknown, but it entered the
                historical record in 1075 and had already existed for some time.

                Our Vinery:

                The location of our vineyards in the southwestern lowlands of the
                Carpathians provides an ideal southeasterly exposure, so the sun warms the
                soil and the roots of our vines from early in the morning until late in the
                day.

                The six designated wine producing regions of Slovakia are concentrated along
                the lower elevations and foothills of the Carpathian mountains. On the map,
                the wine regions cluster around Bratislava and then form a narrow band to
                the east roughly paralleling the Danube and the Hungarian border.

                The geology of South Slovakia is diverse and presents great opportunities to
                explore the terroir of the country. Our wines convey much more than the
                fruit of the vine. When you enjoy a glass of our wines, you also enjoy the
                flavor of the place and the care of the wine makers.

                Our vineyards, winery, and cellars are located in the South Slovakia Region,
                Juznoslovenska, and our wines proudly bear this appellation on their labels.


                About Slovakia

                A politically youthful country, independent since 1993, Slovakia's wine
                production dates from before the 10th century.

                A Central European country sharing the same latitude as Alsace and Burgundy,
                Slovakia's geographical location is perfectly suited to the cultivation of
                wine producing grapes.

                A mountainous, well-irrigated country, Slovakia is divided into six distinct
                wine regions: Nitra, South Slovakia, Central Slovakia, Eastern Slovakia,
                Small Carpathians, and Tokay.

                Landlocked and distant from any large body of water, Slovakia enjoys a
                moderate continental climate which favors the production of excellent wines
                when combined with careful cultivation.

                A member of NATO and the European Union since 2004, Slovakia is rapidly
                modernizing its wine producing facilities while preserving the traditions of
                more than 1,000 years of making wine.

                With a history of wines that have graced the tables of French kings and
                Austrian emperors, Slovakia today produces wines that compare favorably to
                the better known wines of Europe.

                Our Wines:





                Alibernet 2003





                History: This cross between alicante bouschet and cabernet sauvignon emerged
                as recently as 1950 from the Ukraine. The blue/black skin and the red flesh
                of this grape yield a dark red wine that retains characteristics of the
                color and flavor of its progenitors.



                Palette: Deep ruby red.



                Bouquet: Fruit scents of blackberries and black currants.



                Tasting Notes: A dry wine with spicy, peppered fruit flavors, a high tannin
                content, and a long finish.



                Serving Temperature: 64º F
                (18º C)



                Food Pairings: Alibernet has the tannins and body to pair well with red
                meats and hard cheeses. It is a natural complement to roasted or slow-cooked
                dishes like hovädzia pecienka na hubách or braised lamb shanks.
                Price per bottle $15.99 USD

                Click For Secure Shopping


                Cabernet Sauvignon 2003







                History: This noblest of grapes has been cultivated for several centuries in
                Bordeaux, France, where it was known as Vidure for its hard vine. Because
                the fruit is small with a thick skin, it yields an extracted wine that is
                high in tannin and color.


                Palette: Deep ruby to a regal magenta-purple.


                Bouquet: Floral and fruity aromas of violet, cherry, plum, and black
                currants, enlivened by black pepper and sweetened by chocolate, vanilla and
                caramel.


                Tasting Notes: A dry wine with dark cherry, black currant, and green pepper
                anchored by cedar and mushroom with moderate tannin and a long, persistent
                finish.


                Serving Temperature: 63º - 64º F (18º C)


                Food Pairings: Outstanding with red meats, game, pork, cabernet sauvignon is
                perfect with hearty sviecková or a substantial prime rib. In addition to
                pairing well with a wide variety of cheeses, it is a pleasant companion to
                dark, semi-sweet chocolate deserts.
                Price per bottle $15.99 USD

                Click For Secure Shopping


                Frankovka modrá 2003







                History: This ancient variety, also known as lemberger and blaufrankisch,
                probably originated in Germany or Austria during the 8th century. The small,
                strikingly dark blue berries produce a slightly acidic, deep red wine with
                characteristic hues of blue.


                Palette: Deep ruby with hints of purple.


                Bouquet: Scents of ripe fruit, fig, cherry, strawberry, and raspberry.


                Tasting Notes: A dry wine full of dark berries and candied fruit with
                balanced tannin and a long finish.


                Serving Temperature: 61º - 65º F (16º - 18º C)


                Food Pairings: Frankovka modra pairs especially well with spiced dishes,
                leaner meats, tomato based sauces and strongly flavored cheeses. It is an
                able accompaniment to Slovakian kurací paprikás, Catalan escalivada, and
                feta, pepper jack, and limburger.
                Price per bottle $15.99 USD

                Click For Secure Shopping


                Pinot Noir 2005







                History: One of the oldest wine grapes, this variety has been cultivated in
                Burgundy, France, for nearly 2000 years. Wines produced from these
                thin-skinned purple berries are strongly influenced by where they are grown,
                the terroir.


                Palette: Light crimson to a medium depth ruby.


                Bouquet: Aromas of violet, rosemary, cherry, raspberry, and strawberry,
                balanced by the earthy tones of green tea and mushroom.


                Tasting Notes: A dry wine with strawberry, cherry, raspberry and chocolate,
                with spices, cedar, and mushrooms with medium tannins and a long finish.


                Serving Temperature: 61º - 65º F (16º - 18º C)


                Food Pairings: Generally complementary with beef, veal, pork, pinot noir is
                a pleasure with Slovakian pork zivánska, a surprise with a wilted spinach
                salad, and an ideal match with gruyere, mild cheddar and other similar
                cheeses.

                Price per bottle $16.99 USD

                Click For Secure Shopping


                St. Laurent 2003







                History: This variety, genetically related to the pinot noir, is thought to
                have originated in Alsace, France. The thick skinned, black berries produce
                a deep red wine praised for its body and tannin content.


                Palette: Subdued red to dark cherry red.


                Bouquet: Herbaceous and fruity with raspberry and strawberry.


                Tasting Notes: A semi-dry wine with cherry and blackberry, prunes, fresh
                herbs and chocolate with soft tannins and a medium finish.


                Serving Temperature: 61º - 65º F (16º - 18º C)


                Food Pairings: Versatile like the pinot noir, St. Laurent complements lean
                or fatty meats. It pairs well with smoked meat and sausage dishes like
                klobásový kolác, a Slovakian favorite. St. Laurent favors mild and creamy
                cheeses, like edam and chevre.

                Price per bottle $14.99 USD

                Click For Secure Shopping






                Chardonnay 2004







                History: The earliest European reference to this grape occurs in 1330, but
                many believe it originated earlier in the Middle East, where it is well
                established. The ripe, golden-yellow fruit is small, juicy, and thin
                skinned, generally producing a higher alcohol content wine.


                Palette: Medium yellow-green to light gold.


                Bouquet: Grapefruit, lemon, and orange blossom warmed with peach, apple and
                pineapple with the earthiness of mushroom and the luxury of almond and
                butter.


                Tasting Notes: A harmonious, dry wine with apple, pear, peach, lemon, and
                tangerine flashes, with creamy vanilla and caramel, and a long finish.


                Serving Temperature: 50º - 54º F (10º - 12º C)


                Food Pairings: A versatile wine, chardonnay works well alone or with fish,
                poultry, and pasta. It equally complements a simple Slovakian halusky or an
                elegant salmon rillette. A gregarious wine, it loves havarti and provolone
                cheeses and kalamata olives.

                Price per bottle $16.99 USD

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                Pinot Grigio 2004







                History: Also known as pinot gris, this mutation of the pinot noir was
                identified in France during the 14th century but is possibly much older. The
                grapes are primarily a muted purple but can range to shades of pink, even on
                the same bunch, and produce a light, dry wine.


                Palette: Late autumn straw to pale gold.


                Bouquet: The sweetness of caramel and peach balanced with the freshness of
                lemon and orange blossom.


                Tasting Notes: A dry, slightly earthy, herbaceous wine with suggestions of
                citrus, apricot, and vanilla and a very long finish.


                Serving Temperature: 50º - 54º F (10º - 12º C)


                Food Pairings: Pinot grigio can complement fish and seafood or contrast with
                butter and cream sauces. It balances the acidity of foods like kapustnica
                and salad nicoise. It also works well with slightly acidic or salty cheeses
                like asiago pressato or ricotta salata.

                Price per bottle $16.99 USD

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                Sauvignon Blanc 2005







                History: This variety emerged in southwest France as early as the 11th
                century and is believed to have originated in the Balkans. The green, thick
                skinned berries are high in acid content and produce crisp, herbaceous wine.


                Palette: Bright, clear yellow to translucent light green.


                Bouquet: The citrus scents of grapefruit and lemon sweetened by apple, figs,
                and melon, complemented by the smell of freshly cut grass.


                Tasting Notes: A semi-dry wine with pronounced gooseberry, and hints of bell
                pepper, fig, citrus and summer melon.


                Serving Temperature: 50º - 54º F (10º - 12º C)


                Food Pairings: Frequently paired with mundane salads and fish dishes,
                sauvignon deserves a tryst with Slovakian plený pstruh, Lebanese chicken
                shawarma and fattoush. Sauvignon cheerfully accompanies pungent and salty
                cheeses like pecorino and chevre.

                Price per bottle $15.99 USD

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                Oz Clarke, author of a shelf-full of books about wine, including Oz Clarke's
                Pocket Guide to Wine 2007, laments the loss of "the traditional heart of
                wine," the taste of "the place, the grape variety, and the people who make
                it."

                In an effort to get away from the everyday "ultramodern, smooth-edged"
                wines, Clarke traveled to Russia and the former Soviet bloc nations, where
                he enjoyed organic Slovakian Frankovka and other wines. These wines were not
                sophisticated, processed, or homogenized, but they were wines "of place" and
                "culture."

                Ultimately, he says, "I loved drinking them, because they brought the taste
                of human endeavor to the glass, rather than the smooth sheen of industrial
                efficiency."

                You, too, will love drinking our wines because The River fills each bottle
                only with the traditional heart of wine.

                Mr. Clarke's statements about Slovakian wine are general approbations and
                should not be interpreted as a specific endorsement of The River label."

                helene -
                ps - you might enjoy checking out an issue of the e-zine the Dumpling News,
                tho more Czech oriented it does have some Slovak news.
                www.thedumplingnews.com
                it has a totally amazing circulation in the hundreds of thousands




                --- On Tue, 10/7/08, Janet Kozlay <kozlay@...> wrote:

                From: Janet Kozlay <kozlay@...>
                Subject: RE: [S-R] Wines from Slovakia and Hungary
                To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 9:59 AM






                I doubt if you would want any wines produced during the Communist era
                anyway, even if they were available. The Communists wanted high quantity to
                export to the Soviets and the quality deteriorated accordingly. The vines
                that produced the best wines were eliminated because they required more
                labor; they also stopped growing on the hillsides, where the best grapes
                grew, because it was easier to harvest them mechanically on flat land.

                Since independence, the area has attracted foreign investments (many from
                France) which have helped to restore the wines to their former quality and
                glory. Although the very expensive Tokaj wine has been emphasized here,
                there are other areas in both Slovakia and Hungary that produce some very
                fine wines, many of them selling at reasonable prices. The only question is
                what we are able to get here in the U.S. If you are able to order wine
                through the Internet, you will obviously have a greater variety to choose
                from than if you are dependent on your local suppliers. Unfortunately that
                is not an option for us in Maryland.

                Janet

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                From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com]
                On
                Behalf Of johnqadam
                Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 8:19 AM
                To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com
                Subject: [S-R] Wines in Slovakia

                I have purchased wines at several retail stores in Michalovce.
                Selection varies and the best availability is at a big box store,
                Hypernova. The more expensive Slovak retail selections are priced SKK
                200+. The cheaper ones are not worth drinking, in my opinion.

                At the winery in Tibava and Orechova, as well as the wine store in
                Trebisov there are some more expensive wines but only those produced in
                the general area.

                At the Tokay winery in Vinic'ky, I sampled there oldest, a 1989. I have
                a bottle of Chateau Vinic'ky 6 Putnovy in my wine cellar.

                By drinking wine when I am visiting the area, it is much easier to
                control consumption. My hosts aren't constantly refilling my glass!

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              • Michael Mojher
                Jackie, I went to Slovakia for the month of July. There is no Slovak Tokaj wine sold in the USA. Only Hungarian Tokaji wine can be found here. Even it is hard
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                  Jackie,
                  I went to Slovakia for the month of July.
                  There is no Slovak Tokaj wine sold in the USA. Only Hungarian Tokaji wine can be found here. Even it is hard to find. It depends on where you live. The best thing to do is find out what the best wine shop is in your area. If they do not have Tokaji wine ask them to see if they can order some for you. They should be able to give you a price and may even ask you to pay for it or make a down payment before they order. The cost can have a wide range, I would guess between $20 and $40 a bottle.
                  Michael


                  From: Jackiestich@...
                  Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 9:33 PM
                  To: mgmojher@... ; SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
                  Cc: Jackiestich@...
                  Subject: Fwd: [S-R] Hungarian/Slovak Party - Tokaji Aszu


                  HELLO MICHAEL,
                  HOW TRIP AGAIN SLOVAKIA? I AM JUST WONDERING DO THEY SELLING
                  UNITES STATES AS WINES OR NOT? HOW MUCH COST?

                  HAVE A GREAT DAY.

                  THANK YOU, JACKIE STICH

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