My corporate career is now a distant memory while my wine career has not yet made my millions, so it's not all rock 'n' roll on this wine lover's wine rack. I've been working my way through some of the dustier bottles in an attempt to save some cash.
On the lower recesses, I found this bottle of "Bock 'n' Roll" from the winemakers Bock who are based in the region of Villany. A town in the south of Hungary, Villany is just west of the Danube and right on the border with Croatia. It's latitude and landscape are similar to Southern Burgundy, so it's interesting that this wine is a blend of Pinot Noir (Burgundy staple), Kekfrankos, Syrah, Portugieser and Cabernet Franc. If it were on sale here, I guess it would be around £8.50 based on our taxation. (I bought mine in the Liszt Airport duty free shop last year for around 7€). Villany is more often known as Hungary's Bordeaux since it produces large quantities of Cabernets and Merlots, as well as single varietals from Zweigelt and Kekfrankos (also known as Blaufrankisch in Austria and Germany).
If you're having them in Hungary. (I haven't found it for sale in the UK).
Chapel Hill have featured here before - with a Pinot Noir in our £5 versus £15 challenge. They make simple but drinkable, inexpensive wines in the region of Balatonboglar, which is one of several wine regions on the shores of Lake Balaton. Situated in western Hungary, Lake Balaton is a long, thin freshwater lake measuring almost 50 miles in length, sometimes referred to as the 'Hungarian Sea.' It is the largest lake in central Europe and reputedly, Hungary's most popular tourist destination.
The lake is crucial to wine makers since it moderates both the searing summer temperatures and winter freezes, giving ideal circumstances for growing international and indigenous varieties.
While in Budapest, I was, of course, dancing and teaching my dance confidence classes. I did manage to taste a few local wines, but was limited to what was available in the local 24/7 shop or restaurants, so none of them are particularly rock 'n' roll!
I had more wine experiences on my first visit in January 2013, which I reviewed here. Over the next few weeks, I will hopefully be "virtually" visiting some of the 22 wine regions of Hungary, aided by The Hungarian Wine House. If you want to learn more about Hungarian Wines, stay tuned. Meanwhile, do pick up a bottle of Hungarian "Bor" and let me know what you think of it.