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September 2017

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september 2017  /  the tasting panel  /  1 17 stván Szepsy Jr. and his father István Szepsy are reinventing Hungary's wine scene by producing dry Furmint wine in Tokaj, a region famous for its late-harvest and aszú dessert wines. These game-changing wines are heading for the States in a big way: They've already landed at Los Angeles wine bar, restaurant and retailer BottleRock L.A., where The Tasting Panel sat down with MÁD Wines U.S. Sales Manager (and force of nature) Antoinette Cattani to discuss her role in introducing MÁD Furmint to the American market. HIGH TIME FOR DRY WINE Cattani pours a glass of the dry Furmint, and we dive right in. The first sip is scrumptious—all crisp, dry minerality. "That's the biggest difference with our wine," Cattani explains. "The minerality of it all, how the grapes grow through the clay—these wines aren't just about the fruit." In fact, for Cattani, MÁD is about so much more than the incredibly delicious and visually appealing product. "It has such a beautiful history and story behind it that makes it as important as French and California wines are globally," she explains. IT'S A ANTOINETTE CATTANI IS ON A MISSION TO BRING MÁD FURMINT TO U.S. DRINKERS by Mara Marski / photos by Cal Bingham MÁD Furmint is imported by Vinum Tokaj International and distributed exclusively in North America by Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits. WORLD

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