Wow, this was so amazing.
Sweet Tokaji is my favourite wine in the world. It isn't cheap so I don't drink it that often. As my wife and I are living in Hungary for a bit, I wanted to see if it would be possible to try Tokaji Essencia (the rarest and most special form) for the first time. In the UK I've only seen it for sale once. I got in touch with the team at Cultivini to ask a few questions about whether they had the wine for sale. I asked them as I knew they were one of the very top places for wine in Budapest.
From the beginning they were so kind in answering my questions. To my great delight I found that it was possible to try Essencia from their Enomatic wine dispensing system. To anyone who hasn't tried this before, this is a system which keeps opened bottles fresh for a long time, meaning that it is possible to try samples of lots of different wines.
My wife and I visited the beautiful Cultivini store in central Budapest. It is very, very easy to get to- very close to the tourist area, but tucked away on a smart side street so it doesn't feel touristy itself at all. The interior is absolutely beautiful, just the right setting to try some amazing wines.
We had told the staff we were coming in on that day and they greeted us in such a polite and friendly manner. They explained all about Tokaji (they have an amazing app that helps). They had set up something special to greet us for our visit, they went way beyond the call of duty to make sure that we had a nice time. Also, we were served the Essencia in the most incredible tasting spoon I've ever seen- unlike other wines the special properties it has means that a spoon works best rather than a glass.
It is wonderful to see people who enjoy their jobs, care about the products they sell and are proud to present to you the very best of what Hungary has to offer.
Essencia was the drink I most wanted to try in my whole life, the fact that I got to do so in such a lovely way means I will always be grateful to the Cultivini team.
Highly, highly recommended.
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