Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2017

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $200 in NY 168 H UNGARY Th E W ORLD 's gRE a TE s T aLMO s T fOR g OTTEN Wi NE Tokaji, pronounced "toe-kay," is one of the world's oldest winemaking traditions from the first classified vineyards in Europe. i t's thought that winemaking in this part of h ungary may have predated Roman expansion which brought vitis vinifera to the nations of Europe. T he region that shares the same name as its famous wine is located in north-eastern Hungary, at the foot of the Zemplen Mountains. It's here that the tradition of making sweet wines from botrytized Furmint berries (known here as Aszú, but otherwise known as noble rot) was invented. Tokaji went on to become the elixir of royalty, coveted by King Louis x IV after it was introduced to him by Ferenc Rákóczi II, a prince who owned the majority of Tokaji vineyards in the 18th century. It was during this time that the famous phrase was coined, "The king of wines, and the wine of kings." With a royal seal of approval, it wasn't long before Tokaji truly did become the wine of choice for nobles and monarchs throughout Europe and beyond. So why is it that most consumers have never tasted one?

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