Wine of the Month – February
Will you be my Valentine?
“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and Tokaj too…”
The day of love is upon us, Valentines Day. The day when everyone becomes twitterpated. Everywhere you look, it’s as if Marvin Gaye’s ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’ is playing on continuous repeat. Chocolates and roses, champagne being shared over joyous laughter.
But let us beg to be different, why not discard those cliché gifts and show your loved one, how much you adore them with the honeyed nectar of a Sweet Wine.
This month, I would love to introduce you to a sweet Tokaj, one of my favourite Sweet Wines and one we have on our list here at The Angel. Mylitta, Tokaj is the sweet creation from Dobogó a small family run estate which operates on five hectares of first growth vineyards in the volcanic heartland of Tokaj, Mád. Dobogó is co-owned by Izabella Zwack and winemaker Attila Domokos who shared the same vision of presenting to Hungary and the world, the fresh, vibrant, exciting expression of Tokaj wine. Both in the dry style and the sweet.
The wine Mylitta seems so fitting for the day of Saint Valentine, not only for its sweet honey aroma and flavours of caramalised pineapple and pears, but also because of its back story. This sweet Tokaj was created to express Mária Zwack, Izabella’s great grandmas, great love of the Hungarian poet Endre Ady who actually named his muse Mylitta, Assyrian Goddess of love.
The Autumn forests flare and fret
mourning within my heart, Mylitta,
has burst into a million shining suns
of resolve and beauty
in a consummation like the dark of death.
Izabella and Attila have captivated the young and fresh face of Tokaj within this wonderful wine. It’s a little unusual though, as on one side it’s very intense yet on the other, bright, vibrant and fresh with, as they suggest, great aging potential because it’s aged for one year in oak before its release. For me, the perfect match for this wine would be a pastry-based dessert such as tarte tatin but also great with cheeses, due to it’s honeyed sweetness.
So, whether your twitterpated or not, tonight, turn the lights down low, light some candles and play a little Marvin Gaye. Valentines is not only about romancing, it’s about relaxation, so kick back, enjoy a little sweet wine. Afterall, Mylitta, the Goddess of love, is calling…
Kaye Turton, Assistant Restaurant Manager