Writer Profile for Magdalena Rahn

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Magdalena Rahn is the North America Senior Manager for wine, beer & spirits, at Ubifrance—the French Trade Office, based in New York City. Before moving back to the States in 2010, she spent many years as a journalist and translator in Bulgaria, where she fell in love with the country’s wine, language, music and fermented vegetables. In 2009 she returned to France to study for an MSc in wine management with OIV / Université de Paris X. Views & words herein are her own.

Stories by Magdalena Rahn:

When Bulgarian Wine Pairs with Lunch in NYC

There was a time when Bulgarian wine was known in the States, or at least known about. In 1986, specifically, the Chicago Tribune, in an article by Kristine N. Curry, called Bulgaria’s wines “top-notch”. Then the [...]

22nd ProWein Shows New Sources of Quality Wine

Not quite the largest wine trade show in the world—but getting there—ProWein steadily upholds its reputation as the place for wine and spirits business to occur. This year, the Düsseldorf, Germany, convention hosted an increased number [...]

IPOB: Bringing Balance to California Wine

In the wine world one of the buzzwords of recent years has been “balance.” Balance of acidity, of grape ripeness, of alcohol levels, of flavor profiles. The non-profit organization In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) takes the [...]

Czech Wines Take Root in the USA

It’s been 10-and-a-half years since I went to Prague, but let it be said that at that time, it was less expensive to get a beer at a local bar than a coffee. No-one was drinking [...]

When Good Becomes Grand: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

They said that the category had got diluted, that “Chianti Classico Riserva” as a quality indicator had lost its oomph, its integrity. They said this and we said “Ok, right” and they said “We’ll show you” [...]

Hungary’s Thummerer: Family Winemaking

This is one of those stories about how to get the better of the government. Once upon a time, there was the Thummerer family, from the Eger region of Hungary. In 1984, papa Vilmos Thummerer decided [...]

St Andrea questions ‘typicity’ in Hungary

If Hungary were to have a “winemaker personality”, Dr. György Lőrincz would be a strong candidate for the title. He received the Hungarian Order Of Merit in 2007 and was named winemaker of the year 2009 [...]

Cave Hopping In Hungary: A Visit With Szöllősi Pincészet In Neszmély

Mihály Szöllősi had always considered wine as a hobby. Born in the plain city of Mezőtúr, Szolnok County, in 1949, he started out his professional life with training as a horticultural engineer, working in production control [...]

Cave Hopping In Hungary: From Past To Present

A focus on local grapes and the willingness to buck the norm mean that Hungarian wine should be on your radar. Vino247 meets with three of today’s generation, for whom concentration is on quality over quantity. [...]

At Vinexpo Bordeaux, Fewer New Connections, More Asian Buyers

This year’s Vinexpo, the longest-standing of the big three wine tradeshows worldwide, was held in Bordeaux from 16 to 20 June 2013, where it saw its share of rainy days, the expected flashy pavilions, and a [...]