Furmint Fanatics

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Feeling up for something fun? Perhaps something new? February First is International Furmint Day, plus the start of Furmint February, and we, for one, are here for it.

Phew, that’s a whole lot of alliteration.

But enough about that. Let’s talk wine.

Furmint is a white grape varietal from the Tokaj region of northeast Hungary. It is a complex, versatile white wine, with both dry and sweet harvests. When it comes to this underappreciated, near-golden grape, there is perhaps no greater advocate than Dániel Kézdy. Kézdy is such a fan of furmint and its area of growth that he even wrote a book about it–Tokaj, people and vineyards.

Kézdy is also the person responsible for launching International Furmint Day, which he began in 2017. Since then, the wine’s global presence has grown significantly, enough to put Hungary on the same wine trading stage as its European contemporaries.

We carry a bottle of Peter Wetzer Furmint Somlo ($29) in the store, a dry furmint. If you’re a fan of rich flavors of papaya and bosc pear, then this will be a treat.

Furmint is best paired with pork, poultry, seafood, creamy pasta, and hard cheeses. That being said, we’re sure that there are countless more pairings to be discovered, so feel free to play around!

Tipsy is a woman-owned wine and spirits shop in New York City. We offer more than 200 varietals for every palate and budget, as well as artisanal gifts and glassware. In addition to our retail presence, we produce educational wine tastings for law firms, nonprofits, and companies of all sizes. Our team of women sommeliers is also available to lead wine tastings for private events, engagement parties and bridal showers. To book a tasting or order client gifts, email events@shoptipsy.com.