Monday, January 21, 2008


It is not as cold as it was, in fact a kind of false spring has arrived and all the snow has gone, at least in the lowlands. So got away for a day to the hills at the weekend, to the Zemplen. Ended up in Tokaj and after seeing my 4th Eastern Imperial Eagle, 7th Hen Harrier and about 99th Common Buzzard, decided to dive into one of the local wine cellars. The owner had some bottles of Tokaj Aszu that looked like they were 100 years old, covered in a fluffy down of fungi. In fact, they were from the 1960s. Great stuff, famous stuff, warming stuff. Not the stuff you get on a supermarket shelf, airport duty-free or even in a specialist wine-shop...

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