May 6, 2022

To All Members:

Postponement of May 17 event: An Evening of Fine Wines and Gourmet Cuisine from Hungary

The FCCJ regrets to announce the postponement until early autumn of the Hungarian fine wine and gourmet dinner originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, and at the same time wishes to thank the many members who signed up for the event. The FCCJ requests the kind understanding of members and asks that they keep an eye out for future messages with a new date, hopefully sometime this fall.

Suvendrini Kakuchi
President, FCCJ




An Evening of Fine Wines and Gourmet Cuisine from Hungary

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 18:30-21:00

A century ago, Hungary's name was synonymous with some of the world's finest wines. But then came two world wars and 40 years of communism during which quality gave way to quantity. In the past three decades quality Hungarian wines have made a comeback.

The FCCJ is delighted to share with members five wines -- the fruits of Hungary's wine-making renaissance -- to be enjoyed as part of a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared under the supervision of Hungarian Embassy chef Gergő Rácz.

All the white wines -- a sparkling, a dry white and the world-famous  Aszú (aw-soo) dessert wine -- are made from the Furmint grape, typical of the Tokaj region in northeast Hungary. All three wines are from the Grof Degenfeld Winery, owned and operated by descendants of an aristocratic family long associated with Hungarian wine-making. Two reds, a Merlot and the Kopár (a Bordeaux style blend) are from the Gere winery in the Villány region in Hungary's south.

The curtain-raiser will be the "fresh and lively" 2016 Gróf Degenfeld Sparkling Extra Brut, accompanying home-made breads and an amuse bouche, followed by Hungarian duck foie gras paired with Gróf Degenfeld Zomborka Furmint 2016 (hints of apricot and pear, rated 90/100 by Wine Enthusiast.)

 The "racy and juicy" Gere Merlot (2018) will set off Chef Rácz's subtly spicy authentic Gulyás (gu-yaash) soup (not to be confused with "goulash" a dish served outside Hungary). Chef Rácz  is keeping secret his choice of main meat dish to highlight the powerful Gere Kopár premium (2016). The best way to find out is to attend the dinner.

For those who think they have graduated from sweet wine, another surprise will come in the form of the Gróf Degenfeld Aszú 6 puttonyos 2013 (rated 95/100 by Wine Searcher).  The "6" refers to the number of containers of Botrytis-affected grapes used in the production of the Aszú wine. These sweet wines are known for complexity and a long intriguing finish. No wonder Tokaj dessert wines graced the tables of European royalty.

Price: 8,500 yen (Tax included) for FCCJ members and their guests. Seating is limited. Members are encouraged to reserve early.

The FCCJ wishes to acknowledge the generosity of HOKUTO Corp. of Nagoya, which is introducing Degenfeld and Gere wines to Japan for the first time, and the  assistance of staff of the Hungarian Embassy in the planning and preparation of this fine dining event.

Please make your reservation at 03-3211-3161 or online at
Cancellations received less than 48 hours before the event will be charged in full.