Tucked away in eastern Hungary, cradled by the Carpathian Mountains, lies one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious wine regions: Tokay. Coaxed to sweetness by the benign fungus, botrytis cinera or “noble rot”, the best examples of Tokay explode on the palate with shock waves of honey covered dried apricots and a thrilling backbone of uplifting acidity that seems to stop time itself. These wines are not syrupy or cloying, but astonishingly poised and complex given their sugar content. For a time, these wines were reserved only for the tables of European royalty (King Louis XIV of France proclaimed it “the wine for Kings and the King of wines”). However, due to the fall of the Iron Curtain, a recent influx of investment has raised quality and accessibility to an all-time high. If what you’re after is a singular experience of luscious indulgence…look no further than Tokay.