What is BURČÁK?
- partly fermented must from grapevine
- as a final product drunk mostly in the CR
What is it and how it is made?
What is vinobraní?
= grape harvest festival
During September you can notice there are many festivals of wine around the Czech Republic known as vinobraní.You can taste and buy a variety of wines and many traditional Bohemian/Moravian delicatessens. The most popular place for these festivities, where the wine is even produced, is Moravia, Znojmo and Pálava area.
People go there into wine cellars for long weekends. They taste wines and burčák when is its season.
If you cannot get to Moravia, there are many places around the CR as well, where you can take part in these festivities. For example in September there is a wine festival in Prague, in Grébovka Park which I can absolutely recommend. This park is perfect for picnics and there is a breath-taking view of Prague.
💥WATCH OUT!!! 💥
WHEN YOU KEEP BURCAK IN A BOTTLE WHICH IS SEALED TIGHT WITH A CAP, IT CAN EXPLODE
Have you ever heard about cimbál?
Cimbál = a dulcimer (a cimbalom) is a musical instrument which is part of cimbálovka
Cimbálovka = a cimbalom music group consisting of musicians playing folklore songs, using usually a cimbalom, a violin, a viola, a clarinet, and a double-bass.
You can hear them in wine cellars, at festivals and celebrations.
Listen to it here:
DIVISION OF WINE IN THE CR:
- Based on actual residual sugar
1. Dry wines – residual sugars up to 9 g/litre.
a. Ryzlink rýnský, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay nebo Rulandské šedé
2. Semi-dry / off-dry – residual sugars between 4-12 g/l.
a. Muškát moravský, Tramín červený, některé Rieslingy
3. Semi-sweet – residual sugars between 12-45 g/l.
1. Sweet – residual sugars above 45 g/l.
Veltlínské zelené, Pálava, výběry z hroznů, Tramín
Jak si objednat víno?
o Dal bych si jednu dvojku červeného/bílého/růžového.
Can I have a glass of red/white/rosé?
o Máte nějaké sladké/polosladké/polosuché / suché?
Do you have any sweet/semi-sweet/semi-dry/dry wines?
o Jaké víno byste doporučila?
Which wine would you recommend?
o Jaké máte rozlévané víno?
Which house wine do you have?
o Dala bych si ještě jedno, prosím?
Can I have one more, please?
o Chtěla bych bílé víno do karafy a vodu z kohoutku.
Can I get white wine in a carafe and tap water?
sklenička = a glass
vývrtka= a corkscrew
víno = wine
hrozno = grapevine
láhev vína = a bottle of wine
krabicák = boxed wine
rozlévané víno = house wine
vinný střik = spritzer
svařák = hot wine / mulled wine [ˈmʌld]
vinice, vinohrady= a vineyard [ˈvɪnjəd]
sklípek = a wine cellar
vinař = a whinemaker
vinařství = a winery
obchodník s vínem = a vintner
karafa = a carafe [kəˈræf]
vypít = drink up, empty
polknout = swallow
nalít = pour
rozlít = spill
připít si na /ťuknout si = clink glasses – we all clinked our glasses together and drank to mum’s birthdays.
otevřít lahev = open a bottle of wine
slavit = celebrate
Sources to explore:
2. https://www.kudyznudy.cz/aktuality/10-tipu-kam-jit-v-zari-na-vinobrani (wine-related events in the CR)
Wineries in Moravia:
Bobule 1, Dvě bobule, 3 Bobule
Vinaři - seriál