[This post was first made early this morning, but Blogger made it disappear.]

The name of most versatile and unique grape will disappear. In two and a half years the appellation “Tokay Pinto Gris” will disappear, and the unique Alsatian wine will disappear into the crowd of similarly name Pinot Gris.

According to an agreement between the European Economic Community and Hungary, that name belongs to the Hungarian region Tokaj, which also is a wine growing region. Alsatian viticulture tried to keep the name by appealing to an old legend that the grapes were brought back from Hungary in the sixteenth century by a soldier who fought against the Turks. However, tests showed that the Alsatian grapes were actually related to Pinot Gris grapes from Burgundy.

The winemakers can continue to use the name “Tokay Pinot Gris” only until the end of 2006.

[Added:] This is the best wine. There will be no discussion. None!.

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