The Hudácskó family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Tokaj region since 1975. They have 14 hectares of vineyards in historic first-class areas, and produce about 25,000 bottles per year. The winery is run by a mother/daughter team (Katalin and Anita), one of the most hospitable families we know. We especially like this winery because it make all of the styles of Tokaji wine, not forgetting about the ones that have fallen out of fashion, such as this dry Szamorodni. Dry Szamorodni is one of Tokaj’s under-rated treasures. It’s a very traditional Tokaj wine style, not widely produced anymore in the region. Just like with sweet Szamorodni, the grapes for this wine are harvested very late in the season, sometimes even after the Aszú berry selection. For this type of wine, a mix of healthy, over-ripe, and partially-botrytized grapes are used. The wine is first fermented to dryness (to 16 percent alcohol), and then left in the barrel for several years (sometimes up to seven years) for some of the alcohol to evaporate, until it reaches around 14 percent alcohol. This particular wine was aged for three years in traditional Tokaj oak barrels. During the aging process, a yeast layer, called flor, develops on top of the wine (just like with Fino Sherry). This is a bone dry wine with a lively aroma. It has yeasty and nutty notes, as well as peach and apricot. This is a very unique wine, and it is definitely not for everyone. If you like Fino Sherry, you’ll like it! Give this wine a try when you are entertaining curious or adventurous friends. Serve it with a cheese board.