I know it's a month past Halloween. But this Transylvanian wine could be just the thing for future Halloween festivities except for one little fact; this wine is in no way scary, despite it's origin.
Whilst I was away in England, Vinomaker did quite a bit of wine-shopping. The Recas, 2013, Fetească Regală (Transylvania, Romania) was just one of the interesting wines he purchased. Not one to pass up an opportunity to test my taste buds, Vinomaker poured a glass of this wine for me and waited for me to play our Four Vees (varietal, valley, vintage and value) game. Well, I failed miserably. I was able to guess the vintage, but I had not one, single clue as to the wines origin, grape variety or price ($6.49 as it happens). Opting for a domestic Viognier, for about $18, imagine how surprised I was to find out that I was drinking a Romanian wine. And a wine made from a grape variety that I have never heard of.
Bright, peachy and delicately floral, this wine was really, really lovely. Amazingly, I have since read that Romania is one of the world's largest wine producers. Who would've thunk it? Not me. Fetească Regală is a nice little (fright) surprise.