The Romanian Wonders of Edgar Brutler.
with importer Eric Danch in the house!
Next Friday, 3/24, at Elm.
5:30, 6:30 PM AND due to high demand 7:30!
Transylvania: it's been called the place that's "as far as you can get away from Europe while still being in Europe." Horse carts still outnumber cars in many villages, small and self-sufficient agriculture is the norm, and there are more fortified churches than anywhere else in Europe. (Perhaps unsurprising, given that this is where a frisky and fun-loving guy named Vlad the Impaler once vertically impaled nearly 20,000 people — and then put them on display — to intimidate Ottoman invaders.)
But... it also has an unbroken winegrowing tradition going back over two millennia. The supposed birthplace of Dionysus/Bacchus, it's an out-of-time landscape with traces of both the Middle Ages and Communism still frozen in time.
Edgar Brutler, in a field, quietly commanding your attendance
So it's perhaps unsurprising that one of the most exciting winemakers we've encountered in the past few years — Edgar Brutler — hails from this land... and it's even less surprising still to learn that it's imported by perhaps America's premier wine importer of wines from "the other Europe:" Danch & Granger.
Next Friday, importer Eric Danch himself will be in the house, alternately expanding and blowing your minds in just the same way he did ours: by introducing you to the Transylvanian wines of Edgar Brutler! One part historical seminar, one part journey into the mysterium tremendum that is Transylvania, and one part wine discovery of your year: this is one not to miss!