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Importer of Memorable Wines from the New Old World of Eastern and Central Europe
Importer of Memorable Wines from the New Old World of Eastern and Central Europe
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By the Power of Grayskull! New “Hei-mann” (& Fiai) Arrivals
By the Power of Grayskull! New “Hei-mann” (& Fiai) Arrivals
The Heimann family has been seeking out the best clones of Kadarka and where to plant them for the past 25 years. With the help of the Pécs University Research Institute, locating old vines, and then grafting and raising them in nurseries, they have helped bring back Kadarka from near extinction. This was a grape that once covered over 60,000 hectares in Hungary (plus more in other countries) but was whittled down to less than 400 hectares by the end of Communist rule in the early 1990s. After years of trial and error starting with upwards of 30 clones, they’ve narrowed things down to a handful of the very best Kadarka and Kékfrankos. Continue > >
Pošip Comes to Shove…
Pošip Comes to Shove…
One of my perennial favorites are the Pošips from The Toreta Winery on the Island of Korčula, Croatia. Even with the frustration I feel due to otherwise being in Croatia this April, these wines still manage to put a smile on my face. The Island of Korčula is the spiritual home of Pošip and by all accounts, was first discovered here. There’s even a monument dedicated to it. The Island's winemaking history dates back to the Illyrians, but had its longest run as a part of the Venetian Empire for nearly 400 years until the late 1700s. Continue > >
The Covidsation
The Covidsation
A mere month ago I was looking forward to therapeutically ranting about how Piquentum’s last vintage was accidentally frozen and destroyed inside the container last Spring. A mere month ago, that passed as a rare tragedy that I could utilize in order to guilt you into giving me a chance to pour you these wines. A simpler and more wholesome time.

Given the current state of affairs, striking the right tone is much more difficult than originally planned. On the one hand, many of you are feverishly building up your curbside pickup, ecommerce and figuring out delivery. Others have been forced to lay off scores of friends and colleagues and are unsure of the path forward. On top of that there’s stimulus and other forms of relief just now coming online. It seems too early to know what this all really means for our wine and food scene at large. Continue > >
Enter Sandman (and a woman): New Arrivals from Petra and Balázs Sziegl and Oszkár Maurer
Enter Sandman (and a woman): New Arrivals from Petra and Balázs Sziegl and Oszkár Maurer
The largest wine region in Hungary is the Duna and includes the Hajós-Baja, Csongrád and Kunság appellations. It covers most of the area south of Budapest and in between the Danube and Tisza Rivers. It is almost entirely sand and loess. Before phylloxera, the wines weren’t very well known, but once everyone realized that it was basically immune to the louse, plantings greatly increased. Then Communism came and the area was forced into the mass production of off-dry reds, sweet sparkling, and other nameless table wines. Largely overlooked and seen as a lower shelf supermarket wine region, there're of course a ton of old vines and a number of people doing really special things. Petra and Balázs Sziegl and Oszkár Maurer are two such examples. Continue > >
These are a few of my favorite wines…
These are a few of my favorite wines…
Visiting Geyerhof and having them entrust me with their wines often makes me feel like they can’t possibly know who I really am. The result of 14 generations since the 16th century all occupying the same place with the same function all add up to a weight that I don’t feel I can lift. During the 1920s, Georg Ritter von Trapp (yes, the dad from The Sound of Music) was even managing the brick and clay operation here. Continue > >
A Terrific 2019 and a potentially Tariffic 2020
A Terrific 2019 and a potentially Tariffic 2020
Since starting this new venture last July and helping Blue Danube wind down into retirement, we would like to thank you for all of the support and risk taking that’s involved in working with a portfolio like ours. There are of course a myriad of things that need to be improved and a bunch of new producers and wines from existing producers that I’m dying to bring in, but the last 6 months have been super promising due to you. Thank you thank you. Continue > >
“We are not normal.” – Judit Bodó
“We are not normal.” – Judit Bodó
The first winery I ever represented from Tokaj was Bott Pince. 11 vintages later, a relationship built in both Hungary and California, and having witnessed both our families and businesses grow, it’s long overdue I dedicate a newsletter to Judit and József Bodó. They are the kind of people whose first impression makes you pray the wines will be delicious in order to justify spending as much time with them as possible. Continue > >
KEEP Fall Release - Vermentino, Albariño, Syrah & Carignane
KEEP Fall Release - Vermentino, Albariño, Syrah & Carignane
If memory and searching Gmail serves, I first met Johanna and Jack back in 2013 when I would attempt to sell Central European wines in wine country but undoubtedly have extra wine by day’s end. I would then take said open bottles to a mutual friend’s house in Napa and have local winemakers come by to cook, eat, and make the best of it. It also helped keep one foot in the California wine community. Continue > >
An Outlier in the Vulkanland: Herrenhof Lamprecht
An Outlier in the Vulkanland: Herrenhof Lamprecht
About an hour West of the Hungarian border and 2 hours south of Vienna you’ll find 9 hectares sloping down between fruit orchards planted to Adelfränkisch, Affenthaler, Augster Gelber, Auxerrois, Bettlertraube, Blaue Frankentraube, Blauelbling, Blauer Arbst, Blauer Elbling, Blauer Hängling, Blauer Sylvaner, Blauer Wildbacher, Blaukölner, Bouquet-Silvaner, Bourguignon, Elbling, Frühburgunder, Frühe Magyartraube, Furmint, Gelber Langstieler, Gelber Traminer, Gewürztraminer, Goldriesling, Grauburgunder, Grüner Sylvaner, Grüner Veltliner, Grünfränkisch, Hartblau, Heunisch Rotgestreift, Heunisch Schwarz, Honigler, Jubiläumsrebe, Kleinberger Kerner, Kleinedel, Kleiner Burgunder, Morillion, Muskat-Gutedel, Muskateller, Neuburger, Ortlieber, Peloursin, Piros Furmint, Riesling, Roter Elbling, Roter Gutedel, Roter Hänisch/Pamid, Roter Heunisch, Roter Traminer, Roter Veltliner, Rotgipfler, Sauvignon Blanc, Scheurebe, Schlehentrauben, Schwarzurban, Süßschwarz, Tauberschwarz, Trollinger, Weissburgunder, Weiße Orleans, Weisser Gutedel, Weißer Heunisch, Weißer Kadarka, Weißer Lagler, Weißer Räuschling, Weißer Tokayer, Weißer Veltliner, Welschriesling, and Zierfandler. Continue > >
From (just West of) Russia with Love
From (just West of) Russia with Love
New arrivals from Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia & Austria
This container has been a long time coming and only the second under the Danch & Granger label. On a personal level, there’s a real when/if the rubber will meet the road with these choices. No one to my knowledge has ever imported a Bakator from Serbia (or any country), or a skin contact Juhfark from anywhere either. Continue > >
Not Now Cato! New Balkan Arrivals
Not Now Cato! New Balkan Arrivals
After an extremely long and tragedy ridden dry spell, we are finally delving back into the Balkans. And whereas most of my travel and experiences are focused further northeast in Central Europe, I’ve probably hosted more producers in California from these regions. Miha Batič was my first ride-a-long ever and was the first winemaker event I ever convinced/begged anyone to do. Continue > >
Sweet heaven, I'm in Love Again
Sweet heaven, I'm in Love Again
As a semi desperate reach aimed at introducing some new Tokaj wines in the context of the 4th of July, there is a Thomas Jefferson connection. Jefferson, a big collector and importer of wines, spent a small fortune on a shipment of Hungarian wines (including dry and Aszú from Tokaj) that arrived in 1804. He proudly shared them with Federalist senators and even noted, “I can assure you that they are esteemed on the continent of Europe among the best wines of Europe, and with Champagne, Burgundy, Tokay are used at the best tables.” Post presidency, he also received some cuttings from Tokaj and planted them at Monticello. So there, be patriotic and follow suite some 215 years later:) Continue > >