Exploring wine in a foreign country can be an intimidating challenge. Strange language, unexpected varietals, closed doors. We’ll open the way for a fantastic immersion. Mark comes from the USA with Hungarian roots. Kristóf is Hungarian and has worked in England. We’re a team that has experienced many sides of the industry on both continents. We’ll give you a good overview of winemaking, share homegrown insights and even chat about global perspective. You’ll leave Hungary with a more pronounced pallet, a greater understanding of the international wine industry, and you’ll have fun with friends!
started with a long cherished idea to farm grapes in Hungary ― “The early experiences were humbling lessons as a vineyard laborer and cellar hand. After vinifying my own riesling in 2007, I swapped sides to work wine commerce in the U.S.— running a supermarket alcohol dept., pouring drinks at wine bars, selling alcohol for a national distributor. I was the fortunate student of tasting and selling some of the finest wines in the world. Having run through a wide encompassing wine journey, I’ve realized I most enjoy tending my vineyards and introducing guests to the beauties of Hungarian wine.”
started with growing up under a wine writer father ― “I imagined many futures for myself, none of them related to wine. Especially after being loaned out by the family to help winemaker friends work their vineyards, I knew wine, grapes, and winemakers were not on my happy list. Life has a funny sense of humor though. When I left Hungary for England, the international hospitality industry threw me back into wine service. With a revitalized perspective, I returned to Hungary and began selling wine for the country’s most important distributor. From managing a wine shop to leading the international portfolio division, wine is all over my landscape. After completing the WSET diploma in Wine & Spirits, I’m thrilled to be running a start-up wine bar and guiding guests through this magnificent world.”
Drop by Parlé for a cool Hungarian experience with great wines and a good community. It’s a small bar with a house party feel. We’re there to answer any questions you may have. We may also introduce you to some of our regulars. They are very welcoming and it adds to the ambiance of the bar. Since we love spirits and savor cocktails, we take pride in creating a balanced drink list with temptations for the non-wine drinkers too.