The surprise element was provided this year by a pair of entries from seldom-seen regions. The first was a Hungarian wine made from the kiralyleanyka grape. While Hungary has a long tradition of winemaking -- including the celebrated, super-rich Tokaji we have yet to see much from this former communist bloc country. Nevertheless, the Craftsman Neszmely Kiralyleanyka finished as the white category's first runner-up, earning a top score from Bernier and this reporter, too.
(Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)