TOKAJ : "VINUM REGUM, REX VINORUM" !
In 1703, the Prince of Transylvania, gave King Louis XIV of France some Tokaji wine from his Tokaj estate as a gift. The Tokaji wine was served at the French Royal court at Versailles, where it became known as Tokay. Delighted with the precious beverage, Louis XV of France offered a glass of Tokaji to Madame de Pompadour, referring to it as "Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum" ("Wine of Kings, King of Wines").
When I invite friends over and am tired of Champagne, I do offer Tokaj as an aperitif. It has a lovely history behind and nearly everyone love this special sweet and woody taste.
Emperor Franz Josef (who was also King of Hungary) had a tradition of sending Queen Victoria Tokaji Aszú wine, as a gift, every year on her birthday, one bottle for every month she had lived, twelve for each year. On her eighty-first and final birthday (1900), this totaled an impressive 972 bottles. (Source Wikipedia).
Enjoy with moderation always!
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