Wine and Steppes

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April 4th 2017
Published: September 30th 2017
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We had another great breakfast, then headed out of town, mostly through flat territory with lots of industrial agriculture. Our stop of the day was in the wine region of Tokaj. The first three wineries were tried were not open to tasting, so we went into the town of Tokaj. It has a charming old center, so we wandered around a bit. Then we found a cellar that was open, and Kyla tasted their variety of wines. Most of the regional wines are sweet. In some cases, very sweet. They make a specific variety called azsu that includes shrived grapes that have developed a fungus. The grapes only produce the right shriveling and fungus every few years. The last time was in 2013. They combine these "berries" with the grapes and produce a super-sweet wine. We bought a bottle of muscato (in honor of the cute cat that lives at the winery). We also stopped by the grocery to pick up a few things like bread, cheese, and fruit. And nutella.

Then we drove the rest of the way to Hortobagy. The steppes are indeed impressive … very flat. We found our hotel then went into town for dinner at the pizza restaurant, which was the only open place in town. Good pizza, though. We then drove around a bit, enjoying the sunset over the plain. We paused at one pond, to listen to the hooting frogs. We tired ot record the sound but failed – getting only wind instead.

Then back to the hotel, to read and watch a movie (Wallace and Grommit).

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