Frittmann Olívia white blend – Wine of the Weekend
Though spring seems to be far far away in January, it is great to steal some sunshine for us. Frittmann Olívia is brand new blend of the family winery, true must-try. The Frittmanns blended Irsai Olivér with Generosa, and thus Olívia was born! The wine is charming, intense on the nose but not overwhelming, like a gracious young lady. Refreshing, juicy and the aromas of ripened grape linger on in our mouth. The two varieties work together perfectly, the result is a super balanced, wonderful white wine!
Irsai Olivér and Generosa – two lesser known grapes
If you like aromatic grapes, you might have heard of Irsai Olivér, an indigenous Hungarian grape. In spite of the rumors, the name of the grape was not sold for money (by the breeder who was reported to be a gambler). The story is false, the breeder, Pál Kocsis gave the name of this cross – between Pozsonyi Fehér and Csabagyöngye – in honour of a wine merchant friend’s son. He said that this boy has a much more beautiful name than his own one, and the grape itself is a flamboyant one, thus it deserves a fancy name (Pál Kovács is a very common name in Hungary like John Smith in English).
The Hungarian Generosa is a cross between Ezerjó and Piros Tramini (Savagnin Rose). This pink-berried cross was obtained in 1951 by Bíró Károly in Hungary, tested since 1976 by Edit Hajdú at the Kecskemét viticulture research centre, and finally christened Generosa in 2004.
Chez Dodo macaron – the best of Hungary
The cover photo is taken by Ital Magyarország, a wine merchant company, and we can just congratulate to them for the good choice of pairing Chez Dodo macarons with Olívia. This Budapest macaron manufacture sells the best macarons in Hungary according to several food writers. The creators love experimenting, thus you can find astonishing flavour combinations like wasabi with grapefruit or mandarin and rose pepper.