One of the most popular events of this year's All Saints' Month Merriment was a sparkling wine seminar, led by winemaker Sarolta Bárdos at Tokaj Nobilis, one of the 12 venues of the annual wine festival of Bodrogeresztúr and Bodrogkisfalud. Participants were treated to a detailed explanation of the Champagne method, used to produce all Tokaji sparklers in the region, as well as a live demonstration of disgorging, dosage and corking.
Sparkling wine is the next big thing in Tokaj, and while most wineries only make the base wine and contract out the rest of the process to sparkling wine houses based outside the region, Sarolta Bárdos's family winery was one of the region's first to invest in a full production line in order to keep the entire production in-house.
All Saints' Month (Mindszent hava in HU) is the old Hungarian name of the month called október in modern Hungarian. This old word is evoked in the name of the normally mid-October Mindszent Havi Mulatság wine festival, which was held for the 9th time in 2018 at multiple venues in the amalgamated villages of Bodrogeresztúr and Bodrogkisfalud. This year, the festival was brought forward to late September to avoid collision with other regional events