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Bull's Blood Wine Information

When most wine drinkers think of "Eastern Europe", the wine that comes to mind is Hungary's Tokaji. Hungary is also well known for another wine, though, with a much more colorful history - that is Egri Bikaver, or "Bull's Blood".

As the story goes, back in 1552 the Eger fortress was under attack, and the defenders were badly outnumbered. To fortify themselves and give themselves courage, they drank the local red wine in large amounts, and the wine spilled on them while they did so. When the attackers saw the men running towards them with red liquid all down their chests, they thought the locals had been drinking bull's blood, and they fled in terror.

Bull's Blood is not a complex, expensive wine - but it is fun to drink. It's usually a blended wine, made from Kadarka, Kekfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Kekoporto.

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