The Life and Wines of Samuel Tinon

The Life and Wines of Samuel Tinon

I’m sitting across the table from Samuel Tinon at his home in Olaszliszka, a tiny village in Hungary’s mystical Tokaj Wine Region. He is of medium height and build. His hair is graying and he wears rectangular glasses. Behind him, his Vizsla is curled up on a velvet armchair. To my left, a white rabbit sits on another, matching chair. Rain is coming down in waves of heavy showers and Samuel is very pleased; rain in Tokaj has been scant this summer…

Hortobágy National Park: Time Travel in Hungary’s Wild East

Hortobágy National Park: Time Travel in Hungary’s Wild East

“There! Just in front of you, a male marsh harrier is hunting over there,” our guide shouted out excitedly. From our seats on a horse drawn carriage, we craned our necks to see the large raptor swooping down on its prey 20 feet ahead. Along with a group of Poles, a British woman and her Hungarian partner, my wife Anita and I were visiting Hungary’s Hortobágy National Park for the first time. The mid-July heat baked the expansive grassland stretching to the horizon in all directions. Four burly Máta horses, under the control of our stoic coach master, pulled the covered wagon across the alkaline pasture of the Puszta…..