Tokaji is the luscious sweet wine made from the Furmint grape from Hungary's fabled vineyards. Sweet is the way it's been for centuries — until the late 20th century, when the first dry Furmints were made.
This is the second vintage of Furmint sec from the historic Királyudvar (Kee-RYE-oohd-var) estate, which dates to the 11th century and supplied wine to the Hapsburg court. The bouquet of flowers and citrus jumps right out of the glass. Its intensity, lively acidity and minerality make the 2007 a terrific wine with food.
The wine is a collaboration between Királyudvar and famed Vouvray producer Domaine Huet. (Királyudvar is owned by American Anthony Hwang. who is also a partner in Huet.)
I've practically gone through a case already, drinking it with charcuterie, smoked salmon, oysters and tuna tartare. It's terrific with Thai food. I also like it with cheese. An absolute steal at $20 for a wine of such finesse.
Price: About $20
Style: Aromatic and crisp
What it goes with: Charcuterie, smoked fish, Asian food, cheese
Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.