While in Hungary, KB, Emily and I visited the House of Hungarian Wines at Buda Castle in Budapest.

We each decided to do a prix fixe tasting of seven different wines (three whites, three reds, and a dessert wine), but were slightly caught off guard by the price when we realized each tasting cost around $40 each.

That price might be appropriate for Napa or Sonoma, but for Hungary (a country that isn’t even on the Euro yet, and currently has a 225-to-1 forint-to-dollar exchange rate) it was pretty steep.

Until we realized that by each “tasting” they meant “nearly full pour.” Needless to say, we were there quite awhile.

The night started off well with glass #1.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #1

And the warmth began to set in with glass #2.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #2

We chilled out with glass #3.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #3

But the paranoia started to set in with glass #4.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #4

Which created the prankster antics of glass #5.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #5

Which lead to the violence of glass #6.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #6

But in the end, like most people, we all fell in love with each other by glass #7.

The House of Hungarian Wines: Glass #7

Worth every dime,

-Shady