I had never been exposed to a country where wine was so profoundly woven into customs and daily life.


Alice Feiring

The latest on Georgia wines’ growing popularity

Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world. The fertile valleys of the South Caucasus house the source of the world's first cultivated grapevines and neolithic wine production, from over 8,000 years ago. Due to the many millennia of wine in Georgian history, and its key economical role, the traditions of its viticulture are entwined and inseparable with the country's national identity.


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    Dec
    28
    2019
    Forbes

    The Best Wines To Drink In 2020

    Wine writers and sommeliers share their enthusiasms for various wines in the coming year, as several celebrate the forgotten grape varietals that are being rediscovered, including the Meskhuri grape in Georgia. Georgian wines and other ancient wine cultures in Lebanon and Israel are further praised for their modern wine industries and longstanding histories of wine production.

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    Dec
    27
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Our Editors' Nine Favorite Wine Travel Destinations From 2019

    Wine Enthusiast’s editors describe the charms and enriching cultures of various regions in Germany, Morocco, France and Australia, including the Kakheti Region in Georgia as a natural wine heaven. Wine Enthusiast celebrates the hospitality of the Kakhetian traditional meals and the complex tastes of their amber wines.

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    Dec
    23
    2019
    Culture Trip

    The 8 Best Wine Bars in Tbilisi, Georgia

    Culture Trip reviews Tbilsi’s best wine bars including both modern establishments and more antique spaces, with all the perfect pairings of traditional Georgian meals and their accompanying rare vintages.

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    Dec
    22
    2019
    Robb Report

    Where Will Your Next Bombshell Bottle Come From? We Take a Look at the Best New Wine Regions

    Rapidly evolving technologies and emerging international economies shift the stage for new wine regions to shine. Among Mexico, India, and British Colombia, the Republic of Georgia has a rich past in its wine culture and a bright future ahead in the international markets.

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    Dec
    13
    2019
    Forbes

    Tbilisi’s Top Wine Bars: Where To Go Drinking In The Capital Of The World’s Oldest Winemaking Country

    It’s only taken 8000 years, but the world’s oldest wine producing country, Georgia, is finally getting the international recognition it deserves — and there’s no better place to sample some Saperavis and Rkatsitelis than a trip through the capital city of Tbilisi. Georgians are fiercely proud of their nation’s wines, the majority of which are made by small producers from indigenous grapes, many organically, and aged in giant underground clay vessels, called kvevri. 

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    Dec
    03
    2019
    The New York Times

    6 Cookbooks That Double as Guidebooks

    For travelers interested in cuisine while planning their trip, these cookbooks serve as guidebooks detailing how food and drink culture are so closely bound with history and the land’s unique geography in nations such as Portugal and Georgia.

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    Nov
    30
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Mike deSimone's Monthly List of Top Wines

    Wine Enthusiast reviews this month’s top wines, including several unique Georgian traditional-style wines.

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    Nov
    27
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    The Best Thanksgiving Recipes to Pair with Skin-Contact Wine

    Wine Enthusiast offers this exciting holiday guide for how to prepare your Thanksgiving dishes to pair best with orange wines and enrich the palate of your feast.

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    Nov
    22
    2019
    Forbes

    Saperavi In Shanghai: The Story Behind The World’s First International Saperavi Symposium

    Traditional Georgian Saperavi wine finds high consumer appeal in China and is thriving in international markets; modern winemakers have begun growing it in regions across the globe.

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    Nov
    15
    2019
    Newsweek

    Skip the Obvious: Alternatives to Europe’s Most Over-Touristed Cities

    Experience these exciting alternatives to Europe’s typical tourist destinations, from lush coastal villages in Spain’s Basque region to Georgia’s hospitable “City of Light” Tbilisi.

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    Nov
    09
    2019
    Forbes

    Marketing An 8,000-Year-Old Wine Story By The Black Sea

    Forbes explores the stories behind Georgia’s wine history and its unique return to the spotlight in the modern-day wine industry, details how storytelling has been vital in marketing the nation’s 8,000 year-old practice.

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    Nov
    06
    2019
    Wine Terroirs

    Wine Terroirs Feature: Ramaz Nikoladze

    Local Georgian winemaker and leader of Georgia's natural wine movement shares his in-depth knowledge and practice of making traditional Georgian wine, delves into Georgia's unique history of winemaking.

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    Nov
    01
    2019
    Wine Terroirs

    Wine Terroirs Feature: Ének Peterson

    Young winemaker, artist, and businesswoman Ének Peterson shares her story of moving to Georgia from America to study traditional Georgian winemaking methods and culture and how she founded her own winery.

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    Oct
    31
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Perfect Fall White Wines for $25 and Under

    Enjoy these full-bodied whites for the Autumn season, including rare Georgian wines

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    Oct
    31
    2019
    Heritage Radio Network

    RAW Wine NY 2019: How and Why Wines in Qvevri Develop Differently to Wines in Other Vessels

    Heritage Radio Network invites iconic Georgian winemaker Iago Bitarishvili to answer all questions about qvevri wines and explore the myths around the ancient winemaking methods of qvevri fermentation.

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    Oct
    22
    2019
    National Geographic

    Off the beaten track in Georgia

    Georgia’s hospitality, rich cultural intersections, and food and wine history welcome visitors while its gorgeous landscape energizes tourists and locals alike.

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    Oct
    21
    2019
    Seven Fifty Daily

    Why We Should Be Talking About Open-Air Winemaking

    Modern winemakers are exploring open-air fermentation practices that connect with traditional winemaking techniques from ancient Georgian culture and rely on exposure to the environment to develop the wine’s unique tastes.

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    Oct
    20
    2019
    The Boston Globe

    From the country of Georgia, soulful wines full of character

    Enthusiasm for Georgian wine and its tradition of wine making reaches Boston

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    Oct
    16
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    A Quick Guide to Amphora-Aged Wine

    Wine aged in clay experiencing a renaissance across the globe today, offers rich benefits of particular textures and flavors.

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    Georgia Today

    British Experts Assess Georgian Wine

    Wine professionals from the United Kingdom visit, evaluate Georgian wine and culture as unique and distinguished for its history and diversity of grape varieties.

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    The Washington Post

    It might be trendy again, but orange wine is nothing new-- and nothing to scoff at

    Orange wine's trendiness continues as wine importers and critics enjoy Georgia's history and culture preserved in traditional orange wines

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Drink: Finding the virtues of Georgian orange wine at Bloomsday Cafe

    Local Philadelphia cafe and bar enjoys traditional Georgian wine

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    Drinks Retailing News

    Hallgarten adds first wines from Armenia and Georgia

    Leading U.K wine merchant introduces wines from Georgia into their portfolio, expresses excitement about nation's historic wine culture and indigenous grape varieties

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    Rural News Group

    Winning the war? BMSB in Georgia 2019

    New Zealand delegates of wine professionals visit, enjoy Georgian wine culture and history and report on positive steps toward preventing insect damage to grape harvests

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    Wine Mag.co

    Tim James: More wines from qvevri

    South African wine critics enjoy and evaluate traditional Georgian wine, visit local wineries

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    Georgian Journal

    Mountaineer and pioneer: Nick Erkomaishvili

    Local Georgian mountaineer seeks to bring oncoming tourists to Georgia for its quality and rich culture, founds hospitality group seeking harmony of locals and nature with tourism influx

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    The Financial

    Fitch to hold annual conference in Tbilisi. Key Rating Drivers 2019

    Fitch Ratings holding annual conference in Georgia in October, bringing together Georgian financial market leaders and experts to share views and challenges in the Georgian market.

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    Sep
    27
    2019
    CNN

    How Georgia's wine industry came back from oblivion

    Georgia withstands past hurdles and now thrives in their wine trade and popularity abroad, Russia’s 2016 embargo stimulated wine market into a dramatic comeback

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    Sep
    17
    2019
    Georgia Today

    Highest Harvest Rate in Past 30 Years in Kakheti

    Grape harvest in active phase in the Republic of Georgia, over 9,000 tons of grapes have been processed within 24 hours as highest harvest rate in 30 years.

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    Sep
    14
    2019
    Daily Mail

    By Georgia, it's a secret gem! The former Soviet stronghold is now an easy-going and fascinating destination for history lovers

    Georgia’s traditional wine making culture and hospitality draws international tourism

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    Sep
    12
    2019
    Refinery 29

    The Best Under-$30 Orange Wines, According To Wine Experts

    Wine experts select traditional Georgian wines among best under-$30 orange wines

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    Sep
    12
    2019
    Israel 21c

    10 cool Georgian restaurants in Israel

    Georgian Jews in Israel catapulted to the forefront of Israeli restaurant scene because of their unique food culture and millenia-long history of wine making

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    Aug
    31
    2019
    Quartz

    What's behind a stratospheric tourism boom in the tiny European nation of Georgia

    Georgia attracts more tourists than ever due to its rich history, wine culture and optimistic foreign policy changes

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    Aug
    25
    2019
    Apstein on Wine

    An Amber Standout From Georgia

    Mosmieri (Kakheti, Georgia) “Kakhuri” 2017 ($20, Corus Imports):  Georgian wines seem to be the rage these days, and there are plenty of possible reasons for that.  Consumers are intrigued that archeologists have figured out that wine has been made in that Caucasus-region country for 8,000 years, putting it among the oldest wine producing areas in the world.  The country’s relatively recent liberation from Soviet domination has resulted in a new-found focus on quality wine production, and its re-emergence is likewise a source of interest…

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    Aug
    22
    2019
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Georgian Wine on my Mind

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks here in The Chronicle’s Wine Dept. We published a big piece about climate change and Napa Valley last weekend, detailing why some of the valley’s most prominent winemakers believe they may no longer be able to grow Cabernet Sauvignon — that region’s lifeblood — successfully by the 2030s. Wineries like Spottswoode and Larkmead are hedging their bets by planting experimental vineyards with warm-climate grape varieties from Spain, Portugal and Italy like Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo. It’s a radical vision for the future of Napa Valley, and it’s been generating a lot of discussion…

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    Aug
    22
    2019
    Food and Wine

    Surfing the Orange Wine Wave with Haley Fortier

    Haley Fortier earns her reputation as an Orange-wine ambassador, many of her favorite wines from the country of Georgia

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    Aug
    22
    2019
    Yahoo

    Surfing the Orange Wine Wave with Haley Fortier

    Haley Fortier earns her reputation as an Orange-wine ambassador, many of her favorite wines from the country of Georgia

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    Aug
    16
    2019
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The Bay Area’s first Georgian restaurant shines with cheese pulls and chokhas

    There are thousands of restaurants in the Bay Area, but as far as I know, only one has the famous Georgian khachapuri. Bevri cranks them out alongside other Georgian specialties and an extensive list of clay pot-fermented wines to pair them with...

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    Aug
    16
    2019
    Forbes

    Export Of Wines From Republic of Georgia To U.S. On The Rise

    Wine exports from Georgia to U.S. growing astronomically in 2019, along with consumer recognition

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    Aug
    15
    2019
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Yes, Georgian wine is worth the hype and yes, you should be drinking it

    Georgia invented wine, as far as anyone can tell, with a history stretching back 8,000 years, and the techniques haven’t changed very much since then. Traditional Georgian winemakers still age their wines in large clay vessels called qvevri, which they bury underground. The white wines are fermented with their skins for months, resulting in powerful tannins and a dark amber color. “Orange wine” doesn’t begin to capture it. The grapes are indigenous varieties — Tsolikouri, Krakhuna, Mtsvane — rather than the bland-sounding, internationally recognizable Chardonnay or Merlot. The process is largely preindustrial, done without synthetic chemicals in the vineyard or the winery...

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    Aug
    15
    2019
    San Francisco Chronicle

    In Sonoma, a natural winemaker looks to the Republic of Georgia for inspiration

    Caleb Leisure is the only American winemaker fermenting his wines in bona fide Georgian qvevri...

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    Aug
    01
    2019
    The Food Lens

    Skin-Contact Wines to Sip This Summer

    Amber wine from Georgia—the country east of the Black Sea, north of Turkey and Armenia—is increasingly available here in Boston. Many of these wines are made in qvevri (pronounced ‘kwev-ree’), buried clay pots that are integral to the country’s 8,000-year-old winemaking tradition. Depending on variables like the length of time that juice and skins spend together in those conical vessels, amber wines can range from delicately textural to intensely earthy.

    Get into the skin-contact conversation! Here are two lip-smacking bottles to get you started...

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    Jul
    31
    2019
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Orange Wine, and Other Ways to Seem Wine-Smart

    Skin-contact white wines are nothing new, says Adam Knoerzer, a certified sommelier and the Dean of Drinking at Palate Partners School of Wine and Spirits in Lawrenceville.

    “It’s not a traditional practice for white wines nowadays, but that’s how it happened way back when in the Republic of Georgia"...

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    Jul
    31
    2019
    Business Day

    Get Your Taste Buds Ready for Neolithic Winemaking

    Can an 8,000-year-old method take off in South Africa? The answer lies in Obscura by Charles Back.

    It's fascinating to watch winemaker Zaza Kbilashvili dip a ladle into a massive clay vessel buried underground and extract some amber liquid. He pours it into my glass and I take a sip, then cough appreciatively. I'm finally getting used to the robust, sometimes musty wines of Georgia, where semi-crushed grapes and their pips, stalks, and skins are tipped into massive pots called qvevris and left to ferment naturally up to their necks in soil...

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    Jul
    29
    2019
    SevenFifty Daily

    Understanding the Georgian Wine Boom

    Marco Polo, Alexander Dumas, Anton Chekhov, and John Steinbeck are just a few travelers to Georgia who returned home to write of the country’s stunning beauty, remarkable people, delicious food, and distinctive wines. Until recently, though, few in the U.S. wine trade even knew where Georgia was. Now, and seemingly out of nowhere, Georgia has become a dream destination for many in the trade. 

    There’s a lot of ferment in this country whose winemaking tradition has been continuous over 8,000 years. The Georgian wine industry is in a period of rediscovery, renewal, and growth...

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    Jul
    28
    2019
    Philippine Star

    Tbilisi: First Pronounce It, Then Go There

    Georgia is one of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world. The fermented beverage plays a central role in the famous process of Georgian hospitality, standing as a symbol of friendship. Traveling to unique destinations is truly a blessing. There are places that one can simply imagine in one's dreams. A recent trip to Tbilisi in Georgia proved this...

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    Jul
    26
    2019
    Barron's Penta

    Great Escapes: Hospitality and History in Modern Tbilisi

    A guest is a gift from God, the Georgian saying goes—and there's nobody else who does hospitality quite like Georgians do. Visitors will be toasted repeatedly during one of the country’s famous supras, or feasts, with glasses topped off before they’re even close to empty, dishes appearing on the table long past the point when anyone’s still hungry. Here, hospitality is simply a way of life.

    But it’s not the only way of life Georgians know. Its capital, Tbilisi, is infamously one of the most war-torn the world has ever seen, conquered and retaken, captured and reconquered in an ever-repeating loop over 18 centuries. You’ll know why just by looking at a map: It rests in the center of continents, trade routes, and empires. Perhaps its geographic misfortune helped fuel that hospitality, along with a true appreciation of family, friends, and the finer things—namely good food and wine, and plenty of chacha, or Georgian pomace brandy...

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    Jul
    26
    2019
    Beverage Media Group

    When Wine Booms Backfire

    Georgian wine producers committed to preserving their traditional integrity and longevity

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    Jul
    22
    2019
    Georgian Journal

    Georgian Wine Tasting in the US Came Off Excellently

    Georgian wine tasting in the main cities of the US, New York, Chicago, and Boston went off excellently. The event was accompanied by a seminar on the traditions and the history of the Georgian winemaking. The day was presided by a world-famous sommelier Taylor Parson. The organizer of the event was the company "Marq Energie Consulting’’ financially supported by the National Wine Agency of Georgia.

    Georgian wine tasting aimed at popularizing the local wine in the US. It should be noted that there is a rapid increase in wine exports to the US. According to the statistics, there were 354 000 bottles of wine exported to the US over the 6 months of 2019, which is 90% higher compared to the point of the corresponding period in the previous year...

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    Jul
    18
    2019
    SevenFifty Daily

    750 Daily's Most-Read Stories of the Last Two Years: No. 5 - Why an Ancient Winemaking Technique is Making a Comeback

    From Italy to Oregon, the use of clay pots in fermentation and aging is gaining devotees

    Clay vessels have been used to ferment and age wine since ancient times. Neolithic Age wine vessels recently found in the Republic of Georgia were tested and confirmed to be the world’s oldest. “Almost every ancient culture, from the Canaanites to the Egyptians to the Assyrians to the Greeks and Romans, vinified in pottery vessels,” says Patrick McGovern, Ph. D., the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia. His team conducted the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry testing that confirmed the age of the Georgian vessels.

    While clay pots are an uncontested link to the past, they are also becoming a resource for the future of winemaking. Beyond the romanticism involved in borrowing ancient techniques, terra-cotta pots offer unique interactive properties with wine—they pull out acidity, allow oxygen exchange, and provide superior insulation, among other benefits—that are different from those of stainless steel, wood barrels, or concrete. These factors are capturing the attention of winemakers around the world and encouraging new scholarship…

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    Jul
    17
    2019
    Emerging Europe

    Russian sanctions against Georgia: How dangerous are they for country’s economy?

    Earlier this month, relations between Georgia and Russia hit a new low point following the protests in Tbilisi triggered by the visit to the city of a Russian communist MP, Sergey Gavrilov. For many people, seeing a Russian MP sitting in the chair normally occupied by the speaker of Georgia’s parliament was an unacceptable provocation, to which the Georgian government turned a blind eye. Gavrilov had to leave the country earlier than planned, and Moscow classified anti-Russian statements expressed during the protests as radical Russophobia, mostly to use is as pretext for declaring Georgia as a dangerous country for Russian visitors. Based on this claim, Vladimir Putin banned Russian airlines from flying to Georgia for an indefinite period...

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    Jul
    12
    2019
    The Agenda

    At the Crossroads: Georgia Comes Out From Behind the Curtain

    Laurent Vernhes, Tablet’s co-founder and CEO, recently visited the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where he discovered unique wines, incredible mountains, and a country that is finally getting the attention it deserves...

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    Jul
    12
    2019
    Press Release

    Georgian Wine Exports to the U.S. Surge 88% During the First Half of 2019

    New York, NY / July 12, 2019: The National Wine Agency of the country of Georgia, a division of the Ministry of Agriculture, released half-yearly 2019 export figures which reflect continued dramatic market growth in the U.S. The U.S. is now the 10th largest Georgian export market (+88% YOY). This increase follows a three-year average growth surge of 54% year on year.

    “This growth can be attributed three variables,” reported Julie Peterson, Managing Partner of Marq Wine Group, which has been leading strategy for the region over the last four years. “Wine professionals have discovered that wines made from indigenous Georgian varietals reflect a deep sense of ‘place’ and are now introducing them to American consumers at increasing rates. In addition, there is growing interest in natural wines and because of the Georgian winemakers are stilling practicing their ancient tradition, they stand at the epicenter of this movement. Finally, the ‘amber’ or skin contact wine category which emerged a few years ago continues to build exponentially.

    New York City based sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, MS of Racines NY says: “Low-intervention wines – which often encompass natural, organic, and biodynamic practices – are a growing movement, for which traditionally-made Georgian wines are one of the most remarkable examples: not because of anything new they are doing, but because they have been making wines this way for 8,000 years.”

    The small country of Georgia – located about 1000 km due east of Rome and slightly larger than West Virginia – has a millennia-old home-winemaking tradition. Bordered by Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, and The Black Sea, Georgia is at a literal geographic crossroads and was on the historic Silk Route. While this location contributed to the country’s rich artistic, culinary, religious, and cultural tapestry, it also invited invasion after invasion. The continual outside influence solidified a strong Georgian identity, as well as created a home winemaking tradition. Today, there are more than 100,000 registered home wineries in this tiny country, as well as 500 registered wine companies. There are a staggering 525 grape varieties currently recorded, with 45 in current commercial production. Fifty-thousand hectares are planted to vine across ten official wine regions.

    About the Wines of Georgia

    Home to more than 525 indigenous grape varieties, Georgia’s wine industry has been transformed from a home cottage industry into an artisanal powerhouse, with winemakers producing some of the world’s most unique and distinctive fine wines using both qvevri and European winemaking methods.

    The location of the origin of wine has been determined to be in Georgia and dated during the Neolithic period. In 2016 in southwest Georgia, archaeologists discovered clay vessels containing cultivated grape seeds that were dated to 6000 BC using archaeological, archaeobotanical, climatic, and chemical methods. The results were published in an article, Early Neolithic wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus in November 2017 by the National Academy of Sciences.

    Continually, since the 6th century BC, Georgians have made wine in qvevris, giant clay vessels lined with beeswax and buried underground to keep temperatures constant. Winemakers ferment the juice in these vessels, simultaneously allowing the grape skins to macerate with the juice, which turn what many American consumers expect to be white wines into an amber color, and adding tannin to both the resultant amber and red wines. (European vintners ferment red grapes along with their skins and stems to lend them color and tannins, but omit them when making white wine.)

    Qvevris are still made by hand by one of Georgia’s five “master” qvevri-making families; there is an ever-increasing demand for wine produced in this tradition, both in Georgia and around the world. This tradition of winemaking defines the lifestyle of families and local communities and forms an inseparable part of their cultural identity and inheritance. In 2013, the United Nations added qvevri winemaking to the UNESCO list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

    The National Wine Agency of Georgia is tasked to preserve the country’s qvevri winemaking tradition, control the quality of all Georgian wines, and promote these wines globally.

     

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    Jul
    10
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Skin-Contact White Wines, a.k.a. Orange Wine for Beginners

    "Amber wine” is the preferred term for skin-contact wines from the Republic of Georgia, where the technique is said to have originated. The traditional method of winemaking used in the region is to let indigenous white grapes like Rkatsiteli and Tsolikouri ferment on their skins undisturbed in clay vessels called qvevri...

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    Jul
    02
    2019
    Georgia Today

    Georgian Wine Presented in US Cities

    Georgian wine, one of the major parts of the ancient culture of Georgia, has yet another time moved beyond the borders of its homeland. This time, it has been introduced to wider audiences in the USA, in the cities of New York, Chicago and Boston in particular...

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    Jun
    26
    2019
    Eater NY

    Inside LaLou, an Exciting Natural Wine Bar from Some of NYC's Most Underrated Pros

    They’re now joining forces at LaLou, a breezy space that Campanale says he wanted to create as “a place that was casual but also where you can get a thoughtfully chosen glass of wine.” Campanale is known for exactly, and along with partner Dave Foss, who he met working at Anfora, they have put together a wine selection mainly sourced from European countries. Spain, Italy, France, Georgia, and Austria all make appearances, but there are some American options, too...

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    Jun
    25
    2019
    Nosh

    À Côté brings Georgian food, the ‘next big thing,’ to Oakland

    All eyes have turned to the Republic of Georgia. In March, Newsweek crowned the country Europe’s “new cultural hub,” and the New York Times included Batumi, Georgia’s third-largest city, on its 52 Places to Go in 2019 list. In a feature for The New Yorker, Lauren Collins observed that Georgian food is “the next big thing,” citing a hospitality trend report declaring it 2019’s “Cuisine of the Year.” Georgian wine is becoming a cellar staple, with imports to the United States growing 54% in 2017 from the prior year...

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    Jun
    21
    2019
    5280

    Why You Should Be More Daring When It Comes to Wine

    Here’s one way to discover Rome: Take guided tours of its architectural wonders, learning their history and marveling at their majesty. And here’s another way: Start walking until you’re lost, wandering neighborhoods where tourists never venture. Both ways are valid, depending on the experience you seek.

    By the same token, there’s no question that a rigorous wine education starts with the study of the six noble grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling. They do, after all, make up the majority of the world’s most renowned wines. But there’s also no question, at least in my mind, that a whole other kind of understanding of wine comes from exploring the varieties that are unique to the more obscure corners of the world...

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    Jun
    13
    2019
    The Sports Daily

    5 Hottest Spots Every Tourist Must Visit in Georgia

    Did you know that wine-making is an integral part of the Georgian culture? If you are a wine lover, you must have come across the phrase “Georgian wine” this has become a known brand across the world. The fact is once you step in your feet in this beautiful country, you just have to visit the local wineries to have a taste. The best wineries in Georgia are located in different parts of the country – Château Lilo, Tbilisi, Chateau Zegaani, Zegaani village, Chateau Mere, Telavi, Winemaking company Wine Man, Tbilisi, Telavi Wine Cellar, Khareba Winery, Kvareli, Shumi Winery, Tsinandali village and these are just a few mentioned out of many that exist in the country…

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    Jun
    12
    2019
    Newsweek

    7 Best Wine Bars in San Francisco

    This Financial District wine bar has a great concept: every four months, they shift to a new region's wines, spirits, and foods. So you may pop in for a glass and a bite to eat and find they're showcasing the wine and food of the Republic of Georgia or the Alps or the Italian region of Abruzzo. It's always a surprise and it's always fantastic...

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    Jun
    08
    2019
    Live Kindly

    How to Find Out if Your Wine is Vegan

    Biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, speculates people in Armenia and Georgia experimented with vinification — the fermentation process that turns grape juice into wine — as early as 7,400 years ago. Remnants of terebinth tree resin, which was used as an early wine preservative, were found on pottery shards in the region. McGovern believes that winemaking may date back even further than archaeological evidence reveals, perhaps even as far back as the Paleolithic era...

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    May
    30
    2019
    Design Milk

    Design Milk Travels to...Tbilisi, Georgia

    If you’re looking for a getaway outside the hustle and bustle of Tbilisi, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Tsinandali Estate Georgia – a former estate and winery turned luxe getaway in the Georgian wine region of Kakheti – should fit the bill rather luxuriously. Spanish designers Christina Gabas and Damian Figueras were not averse to using modern swaths of colors and texture to complement the synthesis of historic structure to its contemporary additions. The hotel’s 141 rooms and suites are surprisingly intimate in relation to the grand scale of the hotel’s walkways, rooftop pool and spa, concert venue, verdant park grounds, and other public spaces, each guest room decorated with seasonal cues of the region’s viticulture-focused landscape. It may take 1.5 hours to get here from Tbilisi, but the drive to and from offers a glimpse of the country’s exceptional and varied landscape...

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    May
    30
    2019
    The Wall Street Journal

    Confessions of an Orange-Wine Skeptic

    The term orange wine was coined only a few decades ago, when producers such as Josko Gravner, the late Stanko Radikon and Aleš Kristan?i? gained recognition for using the skin-contact method in the Friuli region of Italy and Slovenia.

    The technique actually dates back thousands of years to the ancient Caucasus. In the area now known as the country of Georgia, people made white wines in much the same way and buried them in clay vessels called qvevri. Some modern Georgian producers as well as Mr. Gravner in Fruili do so today.

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    May
    30
    2019
    The Aspen Times

    WineInk: Georgia On My Mind - What's Old is New Again

    If I said the words “Georgian wine” to most folks, even regular wine drinkers, I’d likely get quizzical looks as they conjured images of chardonnay or zinfandel made in a state better known for peanuts, barbecue and Dawgs than fine wines.

    Well, wine is made in the northern mountain climes of the Peach State, but the wines I’m referring to are from the country of Georgia, a former Soviet state located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. While a select few American wine lovers have ever tasted the wines of the region, it has become a darling of the wine cognoscenti in recent years...

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    May
    21
    2019
    The Wall Street Journal

    Why Wine Shops Will Survive the Online-Shopping Era

    Americans may be shopping for their Chardonnay increasingly online, but the bricks-and-mortar wine shop still has its place, say professionals in the field.

    That is because selling wine often means demystifying wine, and it is a process that can be best served by face-to-face interaction with the consumer, said Lorena Ascencios, wine buyer for Astor Wines and Spirits, a prominent retailer in New York...

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    May
    18
    2019
    Nantucket Wine & Food

    Breakthrough Bottles with Ray Isle

    What are the wines that changed the way we drink? We know what it means for a wine to taste great, but what does it take to truly change the landscape of wine? Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle takes a look at some of the world’s influential wines—ones that completely changed winemaking technique, heralded the birth of new regions or caught the zeitgeist of the times...

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    May
    07
    2019
    Forbes

    A Closer Look at Turkish Wines

    Some of the oldest wine-making regions are centered around a handful of countries in the Asia and the Middle East. Persia, and its ancient city of Shiraz, has long been considered the epic center of winemaking dating back to approximately 2,500 B.C. Wine production in Georgia and Armenia also dates back centuries...

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    Apr
    29
    2019
    Hoodline

    Here's What To Do In NY This Weekend

    Enlightenment Wines Meadery welcomes you for a taste of Georgia with Darra Goldstein, author of "The Georgian Feast." Chef Tara Norvell will be preparing a handful of Georgian dishes to welcome spring. There will be special mead and Georgian wine pairings available for purchase at the bar...

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    Apr
    22
    2019
    The New Yorker

    The Culinary Muse of the Caucasus

    Before long, our stomachs start to rumble for the next big thing. Right now, that is Georgian food. The hospitality-trend forecaster af&co. recently named it “Cuisine of the Year.” The “Dish of the Year,” the company says, is khachapuri, a term that refers to any number of Georgian cheese-filled breads. (The 2018 winners were Israeli food and rotisserie chicken.) As the trend report noted, khachapuri is photogenic...

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    Apr
    17
    2019
    USA Today

    Everything you need to know to enjoy a traditional Georgian meal

    If you're ever so lucky to make it to Georgia, that land sandwiched between the mighty Caucasus, the Black and Caspian seas, Russia and Turkey, it may take you a week to hear that joke but only a day to believe it...

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    Apr
    12
    2019
    Star Tribune

    Wine of the Week: Marani Friends Wine Mtsvane Kakheti 2016

    Perhaps the best part of globalization, at least for wine enthusiasts, is the increasing availability of bottles from places like the Republic of Georgia. The Marani Friends Wine Mtsvane Kakheti 2016 ($16) is one of those wines I could smell for days without sipping…

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    Apr
    09
    2019
    Vinepair

    The Best Wine Vacations for Every Type of Traveler

    Known as the “cradle of wine,” Georgia’s winemaking heritage traces as far back as 6,000 B.C.E. Indigenous varietals like Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane are making waves in natural wine bars stateside, but it’s the nation’s skin-contact orange wines, made using traditional Qvevri, that will really appeal to wine geeks. The country’s best oenotourism takes place in Kakheti, home to such wineries as the Alaverdi Monastery and biodynamic Ruispiri. No visit to the Caucasus nation is complete without a stay in the capital Tbilisi, though. While you’re there, be sure to eat your weight in khachapuri, the region’s delicious, decadent cheese bread — another ancient delicacy many trend-seeking Americans are embracing...

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    Apr
    09
    2019
    Financial Channel

    Khvanchkara Winery – A Century on the Market

    The FINANCIAL - Khvanchkara is possibly one of the most renowned and best-quality wines in Georgia. Khvanchkara wine draws its name from the village in which it is produced, situated in the Ambrolauri region of Racha, on the right bank of the river Rioni, and protected by high cliffs. This ancient winery can show any tourist that the region of Racha has much more to offer than just its mountains and amazing nature...

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    Apr
    09
    2019
    LA Times

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ guide to wine

    As it turns out, there is a huge overlap in the Venn diagram of people obsessed with wine and people obsessed with “Game of Thrones.” This shouldn’t really come as a surprise: We’re all nerds, after all. Some of us spend an entire paycheck on a rare bottle of Loire Cabernet Franc. Others spend that same money on a fur-lined cloak and plane ticket to a fantasy convention in San Diego. We all love to argue about really, really esoteric details, like whether the schist or limestone soils of St.-Chinian produce more expressive wines, or if it’s possible that Mr. Three-Eyed Raven himself, Brandon Stark, is actually the Night King (!!!) and the one who got us into this mess...

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    Apr
    06
    2019
    Atlas Obscura

    Harvest Time in the Cradle of Wine: A Georgian Culinary Adventure

    Tucked between the Black and Caspian Seas and in the shadow of Europe’s highest mountains you'll find Georgia—a tiny country with an astounding culinary heritage and a winemaking tradition tracing back eight millennia. We’ll be delving into this appetizing wonderland as spring bursts on the scene in all its seasonal glory—perhaps the most inspiring time of the year...

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    Apr
    05
    2019
    Real Simple

    We’re Calling It: Orange Wine Is the New Rosé

    "Orange wine has been around for centuries — it’s been produced in the republic of Georgia for thousands of years, and more recently made in Italy, Slovenia, and even Long Island, NY. It’s been sneaking its way into the menus of trendy restaurants and wine bars for the past couple years but never really had its true moment to glory. Summer 2018 (let’s be honest, summer 2017 and probably 2016, too) was all about that cheerful pink glass of rosé (or even frosé). But it's official: Orange wine as the go-to drink of this summer. The time has come, the walrus said."

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    Mar
    29
    2019
    The Wall Street Journal

    In Search of the World's Oldest Wine

    WHEN AND WHERE were the first grapes cultivated, pressed, fermented and imbibed? Of the many contenders for that distinction, the following six places are consistently among the most frequently cited. Whether any of these is the true birthplace of winemaking—newly unearthed evidence perpetually upends our understanding of vinous history—we must judge the wines made there now as we would any other, on present merits. The bottles listed here, all notable examples of the countries’ respective styles and winemaking traditions, more than hold their own in terms of quality alongside wines from regions far more widely celebrated...

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    Mar
    29
    2019
    The Washington Post

    Four natural wines to electrify your taste buds, starting at $15

    A fifth wine engaged me in a tug of war for three days, but the importer has apparently gone out of business, so I don’t include it here. But I’ll remind you of two of my favorite wines from Georgia: Baia’s Wine Tsolikouri 2017 and Dila-O Rkatsiteli-Mtsvane Dry Amber Wine 2017 (I raved about the 2016s of each late last year) are available at Batch 13 and Potomac Wine & Spirits, among other stores and restaurants in the District...

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    Mar
    27
    2019
    Saveur

    The Lost Cheeses of Georgia

    Zurab Chkadua was acting as the tamada, the toastmaster, for a traditional Georgian supra at his house in Lakhamula village in the Svaneti region of northwestern Georgia. The job is sort of like being both a pastor and a quarterback for a dinner party. He had just instructed us to raise our glasses and give thanks. “To our guests at the table,” he said, as we downed ample portions of amber wine in a single go. “We must also be grateful for this treasure God has given us.” He meant the cheese, which his wife, Ira Ansiani, makes in her kitchen, about 10 feet from where we were sitting...

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    Mar
    27
    2019
    Saveur

    Meskhetian Khachapuri (Meskhetian-Style Georgian Cheese Bread)

    Georgian bakers typically achieve this cheese-filled flatbread’s light and airy texture using a simple, unleavened dough that is stretched paper-thin, then layered with melted butter like strudel or phyllo. But according to Carla Capalbo, from whose book, Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus, this recipe was adapted, a ready-made, all-butter puff pastry is a quick and toothsome substitute. To approximate the texture and flavor of the local Georgian cheese, a mixture of mozzarella, feta, and Emmental or Jarlsberg is used...

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    Mar
    21
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Behind Portugal’s Traditional Amphorae Wines

    Today, though large pots for fermenting wine are made in Italy, the Republic of Georgia, and even Oregon, the art has been lost in Portugal. “You go sleuthing [for talhas] down in the local villages, literally knocking on people’s doors, because they are a vestige of the past,” says Evan Goldstein, a Master Sommelier and president of Full Circle Wine Solutions, which represents Alentejo in the U.S...

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    Mar
    19
    2019
    WTOP

    A toast to tradition: DC restaurant hosts family-style Georgian feasts

    About a decade ago, Noel Brockett got an education in a subject he never thought he’d study: How to give a toast. It turns out, there’s a lot more to it than raising a glass and calling out “cheers” — especially for a tamada, or toastmaster responsible for leading traditional Georgian feasts, also known as supras. “It’s not as easy as it may look,” Brockett said...

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    Mar
    15
    2019
    WTOP

    What to drink this weekend: Saperavi, a noble Georgian red

    "It’s made in the contemporary European style, a rich ruby juice ripe with notes of blackberry, good acidity, and a relatively modest alcohol level (12.5 percent) that makes it versatile with food. It also has a spicy oak finish that pairs well with a platter of kebabs, meaty khinkali soup dumplings, game meats, and spicier dishes like beef ostri stew or rustic kharcho soup..."

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    Mar
    15
    2019
    Philly Inquirer

    Georgian Bakery & Café Review: A voyage to the hearth-baked wonders of Georgia in Northeast Philly

    The Georgian man was already deep into his chacha brandy by the time he sashayed through the disco-lit shadows of the dining room at Georgian Bakery & Cafe. With shot glass in hand, he sidled up to the table of an Armenian pal and gave a speech toasting the friendship and solidarity of the former Soviet republics. They clinked glasses, linked drinking arms, and downed their shots just as the band kicked in with a Georgian-language version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and a steamy plate of huge khinkali dumplings landed on our table...

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    Mar
    14
    2019
    Newsweek

    The Former Soviet Republic of Georgia is the Hot New Place for Travelers in the Know

    No doubt, the truly astute adventure traveller has already started devising their 2019 travel itinerary. Especially appealing for that particular connoisseur of fine wine and high-brow culture this year is the Republic of Georgia. Not only Tbilisi and Batumi, which are already on avant travelers’ radar, but also Tsinandali, long revered as the cradle of viticulture...

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    Mar
    13
    2019
    Philly Inquirer

    Sulguni from Georgia is Craig LaBan's Cheese of the Month

    Georgian cuisine is unique in so many ways — for its love of walnuts, beans and plums; for its mastery of boat-shaped breads; for its status as one of the world’s most ancient producers of wine. Georgians also have a special cheese culture, and sulguni is at its melty, all-purpose heart. Sulguni is a semi-firm fat disk of brined cheese similar in look and texture to low-moisture mozzarella. It can be made of cow or buffalo’s milk, or a mix of the two, and can also be aged or intensely smoked...

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    Mar
    08
    2019
    Star Tribute

    Wine of the Week: Dila-o Saperavi 2017

    A few years back, some folks came to the Twin Cities hawking wines from Georgia (the republic, not the state). The wines were, by and large, forgettable if not lamentable. Not anymore...

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    Mar
    04
    2019
    Wine & Spirits

    Wine & Spirits Mag Publishes 30th Anniversary Restaurant Issue

    The results of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s 30th Annual Restaurant Poll show a wine market in flux, pulled toward high-end tasting menus, value-priced Burgundy, natural wine debates and half-glass pours. This year’s Poll showed that number has nearly doubled, to 143, with bottles of Georgian rkatsiteli and Piemontese timorasso earning sufficient mentions to rise onto the Most Popular wines listings...

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    Feb
    28
    2019
    BBC News

    Can Georgian Wine Win Over Global Drinkers?

    The former Soviet state of Georgia is considered to be the birthplace of winemaking. But as it aims to boost exports around the world, will its unique wines be too challenging for most drinkers? I am following two men into a dark cellar that feels more like a tomb than part of a winery. Buried underground are a number of qvevri - large lemon-shaped clay pots full of grape juice slowly fermenting into wine. Each of the containers holds 2,000 litres of juice, which is added together with the grape skin and seeds, and left for six months. It is an ancient form of winemaking that historians say was first used in Georgia in at least 5,980 BC. This makes the former Soviet state, located in the Caucasus region south of Russia, the world's oldest wine-producing country...

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    Feb
    27
    2019
    BeverageDaily.com

    Millenials Buy More Wine Online and Want It To Be Organic

    The wine industry is shaping up to be more transparent and international than ever in 2019. Consumers want more local, sustainably sourced wines, but at the same time they are expanding their palates to newcomers on the market from places like Bulgaria, Hungary, and Georgia...

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    Feb
    26
    2019
    The Cork Report

    A Look at Orange Wine Trials at Veritas Winery, Flying Fox Vineyard

    In May of last year, I went on vacation to the Republic of Georgia. Most people are surprised when I use “vacation” to describe my time there, but for me and, for a lot of people, it’s a bit of a fantasy world. Between the breathtaking beauty, geographic diversity, outdoor activities, history, gregarious and caring people, and delicious and unique cuisine, it has it all — in a one-of-a-kind way...

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    Feb
    25
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Old Vines That Still Make Great Wine

    Giorgi Natenadze’s vines in southern Georgia are true wild vines, many of which climb up trees and have survived invading armies. Covering approximately 2,476 square miles, the vines take two months to harvest. In conjunction with the Scientific Research Center at the Ministry of Agriculture in Georgia, Natenadze has been credited with the discovery and identification of 24 grape varieties, though 16 others cultivated here remain unidentified. —Mike DeSimone...

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    Feb
    14
    2019
    The Connected Table Podcast

    The Georgia Episode: Carla Capalbo and Hsiao-Ching Chou

    Georgia is a stunning, but little-known country with one of the oldest wine making traditions and a cuisine that is vibrant and varied by region. Food writer and photojournalist, Carla Capalbo, takes us on a culinary and cultural journey in "Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus...

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    Feb
    12
    2019
    Forbes

    Meet The 25-Year-Old Georgian Winemaker Named To Forbes' 2019 30 Under 30 Europe List

    "Georgians have been making natural, biodynamic wine decades before it became a trend. Her wine is an exemplary wine that balances tradition with new-age approachability," says Steiner, who herself is an alum of the Forbes 2018 30 Under 30 Food and Drink list. "Its bouquet bursts with thyme and soft herbs and it drinks with a savoriness and salinity perfect for the food at Himitsu. The wine is self-contained umami..."

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    Feb
    04
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Where to Cheers to Women in Wine

    Forget ladies’ night. If you want to have a drink in support of women and to celebrate Women’s History Month with wine this March, start by drinking quality bottlings made by female winemakers. From wine tastings and paired dinners to monthly showcases and annual special menus, these venues put female-made selections front and center...

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    Jan
    28
    2019
    Culinary Backstreets

    Sulico Wine Bar: Soul Cellar

    We have a wine bar in Vera. Its name is Sulico. Wine bars are a relatively new trend in Georgia and about the greatest thing to happen since the invention of the kvevri. And while it is nice to walk into a well-stocked place with a homey, original setting, a good wine bar must know what it is pouring. If it also dishes up enticing eats, consider yourself in paradise on earth...

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    Jan
    22
    2019
    Newsweek

    Orange [Amber] Wine is Taking Over: But what is it?

    Orange wine is the biggest thing in wine these days, replacing rosé in the hearts of hipsters and wine aficionados...Far from being a new fad, skin-contact wine is the oldest recorded winemaking process in the world, dating back some 8,000 years...Orange wines date originated Georgia, the mountainous Eastern European country that’s been making wine for millennia..."

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    Jan
    22
    2019
    The Passionate Foodie

    2004 Shavnabada Mtsvane: Black Cloak, Amber Wine & Savoriness

    An Amber wine that has been aging in a qvevri for 11 years? Color me intrigued!

    While perusing the shelves at The Wine Bottega, I found the 2004 Shavnabada Mtsvane, a Georgian wine which had been matured in a qvevri for 11 years. As a huge fan of Georgian wines, including their fascinating qvevri wines, I had to purchase this unique wine. I wanted to experience a wine of this age, to better understand the longterm effect of the qvevri maturation and extended skin contact. It intrigued me on an intellectual level but also ignited my vinous passion…

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    Jan
    21
    2019
    Forbes

    Devour These Local Favorites On An Immersive Culinary Tour Of Georgia And Armenia

    Famous for flavorful spices complementing fresh ingredients, the traditional dishes of Georgia and Armenia are the perfect entree into the culture of this undersung region, and an immersive culinary tour may be your best option for exploring new territory in delicious style...

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    Jan
    19
    2019
    Fodor's Travel

    Bathe Like Stalin and Make Wine at School in This Quirky European Country

    When you think of the Republic of Georgia, your mind might automatically go to natural wines and vast vineyards, the trendy capital of Tbilisi, and foods like dumplings and khachapuri. Though these are all musts for any first-time (or—who are we kidding?—all visitors), you might yearn for more under-the-radar adventures. Georgia is about expecting the unexpected; from remnants of the Soviet era, to unsurpassed views, to just plain kitschy, we recommend you seek out these offbeat experiences...

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    Jan
    18
    2019
    Wine Enthusiast

    Pheasant's Tears Keeps Georgian Tradtion Alive

    American artist John Wurdeman is recognized around the world for his paintings and his influential Georgian natural winery, Pheasant’s Tears. His story winds back to when he was 16 years old and became enamored with the region’s polyphonic folk songs. After studying art in Moscow, he came to Georgia. Now, he promotes ancient Georgian wine tirelessly through the winery and his local restaurants, along with his wife, Ketevan Mindorashvili, who is a polyphonic musician and chef, as well as winemaker and business partner Gela Patalishvili.

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    Jan
    11
    2019
    Thrillist

    The Best Places to Eat & Drink in Europe

    "4. Georgia.

    Georgia sits in the middle of the ancient spice route between Europe and the Middle East and Asia, so the country’s dishes are imbued with an incredibly rich and unique use of herbs & spices, like cilantro and dried marigold, that are used in combinations not seen in the other individual regions and are layered for bold, but balanced dishes. And the pinch-hitter of those dishes is khachapuri, a boat-shaped pastry filled with a glorious amount of melted cheese and a raw egg. It’s so popular that the country’s trying to trademark it so places like Panera don’t steal it when they realize HOW MUCH BETTER THE BREAD BOWL CAN BE..."

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    Jan
    09
    2019
    The New York Times

    52 Places to Go in 2019

    Tbilisi, Georgia’s charming capital, has been flooded with tourists over the past decade. But Batumi, a hushed seaside city where verdant mountains slope down to the Black Sea’s smooth stone beaches, offers a different experience. Already a popular escape for Russians, Iranians, Turks and Israelis, the city is preparing itself for its inevitable discovery by the rest of the world: New hotels — including the Le Meridien Batumi and a Batumi installment of the design-centric boutique Rooms Hotel line — are rising, and a cable car will swing straight to the coast from the hilltop Batumi Botanical Garden. Winemaking is another draw — at the family-run BQ Wine Bar and the underground Karalashvili’s Wine Cellar, which pours the same rosé and amber-hued chkaveri varietals that Joseph Stalin adored. DEBRA KAMIN...

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    Jan
    07
    2019
    wine-searcher.com

    The Growing Thirst for Exotic Wine: Georgian wine may go back centuries but a new modern thirst is bringing it into the spotlight

    "Wines from Georgia are probably inspiring the most excitement for a variety of reasons. First there's the history, which has a mesmerizing frisson of danger: in the last century, the country's 8000 year long wine culture was threatened due to the success of two high-yielding grapes, Rkatsiteli and Saperavi. Their success meant that many of the estimated 1500 varieties under vine a century ago were removed, explains LA sommelier and Georgian wine nut (previously of Spago and Mazzo Restaurant Group, now a consultant at Whole Cluster Beverage and Hospitality and GM of République) Taylor Parsons..."

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    Jan
    02
    2019
    Business Insider

    The 28 Best, Most Remote, Under-the-Radar Restaurants Around the World

    19. The Crazy Pomegranate, Georgia, is situated in the vineyard of a cult Georgian wine producer...

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    Jan
    02
    2019
    Saveur

    This January, We're Answering the Call of the Caucasus

    When René Redzepi, Carlo Petrini, and Yotam Ottolenghi rave in unison about a cookbook, it’s probably worth paying attention to. Enter Tasting Georgia by Carla Capalbo, an anthology of recipes, travel tips, and essays that bring the far-flung Caucasian nation into your kitchen and demystify its distinctive cuisine. Flip through Tasting Georgia’s 463 pages, and you’ll be transported to a place where walnut-thickened stews burble over low fires, glasses of amber wines splosh with resounding cries of Gaumarjos!, and polyphonic harmonies worthy of Carnegie Hall ring out at everyday dinners. Such is the magic of Georgia, one of the most fascinating—and mouth-watering—places on earth. ....

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    Jan
    01
    2019
    Oregon Live

    These 12 great wines from around the world cost less than $20 (one is only $9)

    Rkatsiteli is grown in the eastern United States, but its homeland is Georgia, the nation in the Caucasus region that lays claim to being the birthplace of wine. This Dila-O is blended with mtsvane, another native Georgian grape, and is an “amber” wine, fermented on its skins in the traditional style that is enjoying a new vogue, and aged underground in clay qvevri. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

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    Dec
    31
    2018
    Forbes

    Four Ways to Learn More About Wines

    Concurrent with the fashion for amber wines, Simon Woolf’s highly readable book explores the history and production of the wines in their spiritual homes: Slovenia, Friuli and Georgia. Included is an extensive list of recommended producers across the globe, but Woolf’s primary investigation remains on the countries where skin-macerated wines are the tradition, not the trend...

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    Dec
    31
    2018
    Forbes

    The Best Wines to Drink in 2019

    One of the most appealing aspects of wine is that it can transport one to another place, another time or another culture. Therefore, my travel wish list and my wine drinking wish list are much the same. I hope to be exploring and drinking wines from older wine-producing cultures such as Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Georgia, while at the same time appreciating the diversity of the more recent wine culture in the United States and the many places whose wines I still need to explore here, including Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado and others...

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    Dec
    27
    2018
    SevenFiftyDaily.com

    Our Top Wine Stories of 2018

    Clay vessels have been used to ferment and age wine since ancient times. Neolithic Age wine vessels recently found in the Republic of Georgia were tested and confirmed to be the world’s oldest. “Almost every ancient culture, from the Canaanites to the Egyptians to the Assyrians to the Greeks and Romans, vinified in pottery vessels,” says Patrick McGovern, Ph.D., the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia. His team conducted the liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry testing that confirmed the age of the Georgian vessels...

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    Dec
    19
    2018
    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    Not That Georgia New Wines from the Ancient Vines of a New Republic

    "In Leningrad, back in 1990, the Georgian bars were the place to be. While the Berlin Wall was falling, the reality hadn’t really sunk in for most Russians; basic necessities like food and shoes were still hard to come by, and it wasn’t clear at the time if life would get any easier under the new regime. As an American student, I was surprised at the glum mood—except in the Georgian bars, where jazz musicians gathered to jam late at night and eat spicy shashlik, skewers of grilled meat they washed down with tumblers of thick red wine. I’m immediately reminded of that optimism when I walk into Zero Compromise, a wine tasting in Tbilisi devoted to natural wines..."

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    Dec
    19
    2018
    A Caviar Affair

    Georgia on My Mind

    “Through the last few years of the amber wine trend, the tiny country of Georgia largely escaped notice outside of insider oenophile circles. Last year, that changed when scientists found evidence of winemaking on 8,000-year-old pottery shards unearthed in Georgia. Wine geeks and archaeologists alike buzzed with the discovery, and interest in Georgian wines spiked. “Hands down, that’s the story,” says …

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    Dec
    18
    2018
    Rosa Jackson

    Edible Adventures: Georgia on My Mind Trip

    Last fall, having just returned with a suitcaseful of spices from an inspiring trip to Georgia, I decided to take a group to this former Soviet republic bordered by Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. When I threw out the idea in my newsletter, I received dozens of e-mails from students, subscribers and friends who were drawn to this off-the-beaten-path food and wine adventure. By chance the seven available spots filled up with well-travelled women, to the delight of our Georgian guide Natalia who had dreamed of organizing an all-female trip.

    Our trip took place in early October, just after the grape harvest which happened a little earlier than usual this year due to a sweltering summer. We arrived in the capital just in time for Tbilisoba, an annual festival that celebrates the founding of the capital of Tbilisi. After walking across the Bridge of Peace, an impressive feat of modern architecture, we wandered through Rike Park next to the river, where skillful hands wove garlands with brightly colored flowers. With these in our hair, we suddenly felt much fresher after our long journeys. An efficient cable car costing 1 lari (about 30 cents) took us back across the river, allowing us to wend our way down through Mtatsminda Park, which offers striking views of the city...

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    Dec
    13
    2018
    Foodable

    Why Georgia's Wine Industry is Seeing a Renaissance

    Super fermented natural wines are on the rise. Although these white wines are now trending, Georgia ( the country not the state) wineries have been producing wine this way since the very beginning.

    Georgia, the tiny former Soviet republic, is known for its unique white wines and is finally being noticed around the world for them...

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    Dec
    09
    2018
    Forbes

    Why Georgian Wines are Among the Most Unique On the Planet

    When archaeologists last year found traces of winemaking on 8,000-year-old pottery shards in Georgia, the tiny former Soviet republic claimed the crown as the world’s oldest wine producer.

    It was an affirmation for many long-standing fans of the country and its winemaking tradition, which is ancient and, at the same time, a grassroots movement. Georgia’s hallmark is white wines that stay in contact with their skins, stalks and pips for months and further ferment in huge clay amphorae (qvevri) buried in the ground. It’s a trend that’s caught on elsewhere in the world, but its deep roots lie in Georgian culture...

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    Dec
    07
    2018
    Wine Spectator

    A Celebration of Natural Wine

    Apart from the aforementioned growers, my highlights included qvevri wines from the Republic of Georgia, like Gotsa Wines and Tibaani. Domaine de l’Ecu from the Loire and Fleury from Champagne also left an impression. Displaying beautiful pure wines in a range of styles were Austrian producers Meinklang, Claus Preisinger, Alexander Koppitsch, Matthias Hager, Johannes Zillinger, Michael Gindl and Maria & Sepp Muster. Among U.S. wines, Donkey & Goat and Maître de Chai from California, Swick from Oregon and Bloomer Creek from New York excelled...

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    Dec
    02
    2018
    Broadway World

    RAW WINE FAIR Delights Seekers of Authentic Expressions of Terroir

    "The Raw Wine Fair was held in Brooklyn recently and attracted throngs of attendees eager to taste authentic wines from 140 passionate winemakers. The program's location at a sprawling, industrial space -- 99 Scott Avenue in Bushwick -- added to the edgy vibe of these sometimes polarizing beverages..." 

     

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    Nov
    29
    2018
    Forward

    In Georgia, Life Is A Moveable Feast. Leave It To The Jews To Eat It Up.

    "On a trip to Georgia, while retracing the footsteps of a modernist Russian poet for a dissertation, Goldstein realized Georgian food had to be written about. “People were smiling, there were lemons, there were watermelons, there were sun, and I realized I had to write about it,” said Darra. Georgian cuisine had yet to be officially codified, with the exception of Georgian princess and feminist Barbare Jorjadze’s 1874 offering..."

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    Nov
    26
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    Vinotheca: Ahead of the Pack

    "Vinotheca sets itself apart from all the others by having a friendly staff that loves and knows wine. It is also not bound to one specific company and offers a wide range of family as well as larger company wines. There are natural wines, conventionally made wines, some aged in kvevri, others in oak or stainless steel. Their only dogma is that they sell what they like..."

     

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    Nov
    11
    2018
    The Spinoff

    Ancient wine, cheesy bread and getting rat-arsed in Georgia

    “Georgia has beautiful scenery, a fascinating wine scene and the world’s nicest taxi drivers. What’s not to like? If you, like me, are a fan of stunning mountains, delicious wine, dangerous high-speed taxi journeys and cheese bread, allow me to suggest a trip to Georgia… Georgia has a reputation for wine – deservedly so, considering they’ve been making theirs for about 8,000 years...”

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    Nov
    07
    2018
    Evening Standard

    Why it's about time you started drinking Georgian wine

    As “Hewitt says, ‘if you’ve ever been to Georgia, you’ll know how important wine is to them. It’s basically their religion.’ Add in the oh-so interesting native grapes with seriously unique flavours, and the lovely fact that it’s known as ‘amber’ wine rather than Trumpian orange, and really it’s our duty to drink Georgia back to vinous health…”

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    Oct
    30
    2018
    Food and Wine

    Where to Drink Georgian Wine in America

    "Whether amber colored skin-contact wines pique your interest, or a Merlot-based Saperavi blend sounds more your style, Georgian wine has something for every palate—and America is interested. Here are some of the United States' best spots for drinking Georgian, right now..."

     

     

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    Oct
    27
    2018
    Evening Standard

    Why you need to try orange wine this autumn

    “As the season has well and truly turned and amber leaves fall from trees, we’re likely finding ourselves reaching for something more warming than a glass of white wine, yet not quite ready for the hefty reds of the later months. This is perfect orange wine territory, where the pantone of autumn is reflected in our glasses…” 

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    Oct
    17
    2018
    Smarter Travel

    5 Secret Wine Regions You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

    “…If you had to guess which wine region was the world’s oldest, you’d be right to say it’s in Europe. But you might be surprised to find out that, dating back 8,000years, it’s in a country that many Americans haven’t even heard of: Georgia…”

     

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  •  
    Oct
    12
    2018
    CNN Traveler

    South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine

    Wines from Georgia are the wines that tap "into the identity and history of viticulture..."

     

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  •  
    Oct
    12
    2018
    The Daily Beast

    I Just Can't Get Georgia (the Country) Off My Mind

    “And yet, I was euphoric, having reached the turnaround point of what had been one of the most beautiful hikes of my life in the middle of an adventure-filled visit to one of the “hottest” destinations in the world right now—the Republic of Georgia…”

     

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    Oct
    05
    2018
    Washington Post

    5 wines to try when you’re in the mood to pour something different

    "Skin-fermented white wines, also called “orange” or “amber” wines, are a niche category that continues to grow in number and styles. They may be aged in traditional clay vessels called qvevri for a long or short period, or they may be made in more modern oak and stainless-steel vessels. Here are two available in the Washington area…”

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    Sep
    18
    2018
    Fathom

    Naked and Wild: The All-Natural Wine Scene in Georgia

    ..."But the vibe in wine country is more like Tuscany without the tourists. And the austere Georgian method of turning grapes into wine is bold and beautiful. Out here, indigenous varieties of grape are plucked from the vine, lightly pressed, and stored in enormous beeswax-lined ceramic vessels called qvevri that are buried in the ground, protected for nine months in the stable “womb of the earth.” The process yields zingy, let-your-hair-down whites and reds — more herbaceous, naked, and wild than any of the buttoned-up bottles sold at your local liquor store..."

     

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    Sep
    11
    2018
    Matador Network

    Why Georgia (the country) is the next must-see destination for wine and food lovers

    "The cultural and historical Georgian wine is enormous within the country, but it’s also massively influential to the entire world. Georgia is known as the birthplace of wine altogether and has produced ghvino for 8,000 consistent vintages..."

     

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    Sep
    10
    2018
    Food and Wine

    The Oldest Newest Wine Region in the World

    “Wine here feels woven into the fabric of life in a way that may once have been the case in Europe but isn’t ?really anymore. There’s wine everywhere: at every meal, in every home…”

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    Sep
    09
    2018
    Los Angeles Times

    In Georgia, wine is a centuries-old tradition that has brought new appeal to the republic

    “…Georgia is the same latitude as Tuscany and has similar conditions, with warm air from the Caspian Sea to the east and mineral-rich water flowing from natural springs in the Caucasus mountains to the north.

    These are ideal conditions for growing its 530 varieties of grapes. The quality of Georgian wines is becoming recognized worldwide…”

     

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    Sep
    08
    2018
    The Guardian

    A backpacker’s guide to Georgia: one-month itinerary

    "Tbilisi buzzes with creativity while Georgia’s mountains are a hiker’s paradise with trails that see few visitors. Explore it all with our guide on where to go, what to see and where to stay..."

     

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    Sep
    05
    2018
    Conde Nast Traveler

    A Guide to Georgian Wine Country

    To “taste wine at its source, you need to visit Georgia, the tiny Caucasian nation that’s been making wine longer than anywhere in the world. Here, tongue-twisting indigenous grapes like rkatsitelimtsvane, and saperavi supersede the familiar international varieties, and the most intriguing wines take on an amber hue after mellowing underground in kvevri, beeswax-lined clay vessels…”

     

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    Aug
    27
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    Ksovrelebis Sakalmakhe: House of Trout

    "We had no sooner finished unpacking our Tbilisi lives from the car for a Garikula summer, when our neighbor Zakhar stopped by to welcome us with a firm handshake and a bristly cheek kiss. He sat down and immediately told us about a restaurant he had recently visited in Kavtiskhevi, a neighboring village about 12 kilometers away. He was deeply smitten...“Wha!” he boomed. “The fish, straight from the river! Trout! Delicious! Come on, let’s go. I’ll bring my wine!”"

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    Aug
    24
    2018
    Georgia Today

    Georgia – a New Frontier in Gastronomic Tourism

    "Earlier this week, the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA) announced a new strategy for increasing the number of tourists visiting Georgia to experience the country’s food and wine. Gastronomic tourism, they say, has enormous potential for the country with the world’s oldest unbroken tradition of cultivating wine grapes and the home of the world famous, Brooklyn-popularized ‘cheese boat’ (Adjaruli khachapuri). GNTA says its new initiative aims to put Tbilisi on the map as a fine-dining destination..."

     

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    Aug
    21
    2018
    Forbes

    Why Thinking About Wine Without Borders Is The New Way To Approach Wine

    "The adjective “borderless” evokes images of doctors working tirelessly in conflict-addled regions without concern for political boundaries. So, what is “borderless wine”? That’s the question I posed to Peter Weltman, a San Francisco-based sommelier, author, and global thought leader in wine..."

     

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    Aug
    02
    2018
    The Manual

    4 Orange Wines to Try If You’ve Never Heard of Orange Wine

    The biggest difference you’ll find in orange wines compared to their white wine counterparts is the flavor, as well as body and structure, where they’ll be closer to red wines. Orange wines are often made using very natural processes, which allow for oxidation (among other things), that in turn create sour or funky flavors more often than not.

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    Jul
    25
    2018
    VinePair

    Seven Questions About Qvevri You're Too Embarrassed to Ask

    “Located on the border of Eastern Europe and Asia, Georgia has an astonishing 8,000-year-old winemaking history. Central to the nation’s oenological heritage are its skin-contact qvevri wines, widely consumed by those in Georgia and neighboring countries for millennia. Thanks to a growing worldwide trend of “natural” winemaking, the category’s undisputed OG is now garnering international attention…”

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    Jul
    18
    2018
    Wonder Lust Travel

    Georgia on my Mind

    “Qvevri making...’The process is laborious and time consuming. As each layer is added [the qvevri maker] scores the edges of the inner wall of the qvevri, and then simultaneously uses his right shoulder to drive, and his forearm to twist, the clay into the scored area. All the while his left hand is gently pressing inwards on the outer wall to make sure the new clay maintains shape. This is an art...’”

     

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    Jul
    12
    2018
    Suitcase Magazine

    Georgia Beyond Tbilisi: Recollections of Roads Less Travelled

    "The name Georgia is said to derive from a Persian word meaning “land of the wolves”. Indeed, the fabled canine is a fitting representation of a country that is the subject of both myth and legend, at once wild and graceful. Its capital, Tbilisi, is a cultural meeting point of vivid tradition and youthful vision, but despite the city’s increasing popularity among global travellers, there’s a world beyond that. Escape the city and discover a land marked by ancient prosperity and modern occupation; a land that is still governed by history and ritual in many ways; a land of warm characters and compelling personalities; a land of wolves..."

     

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    Jul
    11
    2018
    VinePair

    Your Ultimate Guide to Wines From Central and Eastern European Indigenous Grapes

    “Indigenous grapes are special, though… Wines made from the indigenous grapes of the former Communist nations in Central and Eastern Europe are increasingly gaining worldwide recognition. Historically and sociopolitically, it’s a major development…”

     

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    Jul
    07
    2018
    Dog-Eared Passport

    Georgian wine: An 8,000-year-old tradition is popping corks around the world

    ”With a latitude similar to Tuscany and Bordeaux, [Georgia] has mild winters and 2,300 hours of sun a year (Remember, nighttime hours are part of the cycle.). Natural springs come from the nearby Caucasus mountains which are covered in snow all year round. The humid air coming from the Black Sea to the west allows the growth of 530 unique grape varieties…”

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    Jul
    04
    2018
    The Financial

    EBRD and EU promote Georgia’s agritourism potential

    “…It is said that for agritourism to thrive, visitors need three things: something to see, something to do and something to buy. The charming village of Mukhrani, only a 30 kilometre drive from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, ticks all three boxes. Enshrouded in greenery, it combines the history of the Georgian royal family with well-preserved remains of an antique Roman city, according to EBRD…”

     

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    Jul
    02
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    CB Film Club: Emily Railsback's "Our Blood Is Wine"

    Georgia’s winemaking tradition has been making headlines since scientists announced, after 8,000-year-old jars bearing images of grape clusters and a man dancing were excavated in a dig south of Tbilisi, that the country is home to the world’s oldest wine.

    But long before this discovery was made public, filmmaker Emily Railsback and award-winning sommelier Jeremy Quinn were traversing Georgia to research the rebirth of these ancient winemaking traditions, which were almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. Railsback chronicled their deep dive into the world of family vintners and grape sleuths in the documentary Our Blood Is Wine, an official selection of the 2018 Berlinale International Film Festival.

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    Jul
    02
    2018
    Wine Enthusiast

    Why You Should Be Paying Attention to Georgian Wine

    "A vast array of undiscovered grape varieties, a vinicultural heritage that dates 8,000 years and production methods that render wildly unique wines make the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the “it” region for adventurous wine lovers."

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    Jun
    27
    2018
    Adventure.com

    It’s the world’s oldest winemaking region, but how’s the wine in Georgia?

    “Laying claim to an 8,000-year-old winemaking heritage (the world’s oldest) and over 500 native grape varietals, the small, ex-Soviet country of Georgia is a surprising destination for oenophiles…”

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    Jun
    21
    2018
    The Houston Chronicle

    Wine Walk: Wines from the country Georgia trace back 8,000 years

    “However, not many know of the wines of the country of Georgia. They were well within the Iron Curtain and isolated from the world. The wines of Bulgaria trace back 6,000 years, but the wines of Georgia trace back 8,000 years. The mention of the ancient traditions of vine growing and high quality winemaking in Georgia can be found in the works of Homer and Apollonius of Rhodes…”

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    Jun
    20
    2018
    Wine Enthusiast

    Nine Wines From Georgia, Croatia and Hungary

    “When discussing Old World winemaking countries, talk almost automatically turns to France, Italy or Germany. But winemaking can actually be traced back thousands of years to Georgia where the traditional clay qvevri are usually buried during fermentation and aging…” 

     

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    Jun
    18
    2018
    Agenda.GE

    Tbilisi hosts 49th General Assembly of Association of International Sommelleries

    “Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi is hosting the annual 49th General Assembly of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, announces the Georgian National Wine Agency. The General Assembly days will continue in Tbilisi on June 18-22 and several important events are planned for these days: an international session on the characteristics of the Saperavi wine variety, a wine tasting of the best qvevri wines, a master-class on Georgian wine and other activities…”

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    Jun
    12
    2018
    Hvino news

    Tbilisi hosts WinExpo Georgia 2018 wine and spirit fair

    The WinExpo Georgia is only trade exhibition in South Caucasus region, presenting full range of wine industry products and services. The 11th WinExpo is a 3-day event being held on 14-16 June, organized by ExpoGeorgia and supported by Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia

     

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    Jun
    11
    2018
    Greatist

    Why You Should Consider Ditching Rosé and Drinking This Instead

    "...[T]hough orange wine may be new to some, it’s hardly new. Orange wines have been made in Georgia (the country, not the state) for thousands of years..."

     

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    Jun
    07
    2018
    The New York Times

    36 Hours in Tbilisi

    “Gourmands, partyers and aficionados of art and architecture (and shopping) will find no end of riches in the East-meets-West capital of Georgia…”

     

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    Jun
    06
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    Day Drinking, Pt. 2: The New Wine Festival

    The eighth New Wine Festival welcomed over 130 family winemakers and 100 companies this year. These “small companies have been instrumental in generating a global buzz on Georgian wine…”

     

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    May
    30
    2018
    Wine Enthusiast

    How Producers are Returning to Winemaking’s Roots

     

    Producers all over the world are going back to winemaking's roots by reviving the age-old practice of aging wine in clay pots, a method that creates exceptional bottles you are going to want on your shelf.

     

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    May
    30
    2018
    VinePair

    Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

    “Wine is the means of social life, the means of merrymaking, the means of getting together as families, friends, relatives, and guests,” [Lado Uzunashvili] says. “To respect your guests you must offer your wine. To make friends with a Georgian, go and drink a bottle of wine with him, then he will open his heart to you.”

     

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    May
    22
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    Day Drinking: Zero Compromise Natural Wine Fair

    The "Zero Compromise Natural Wine Fair, a festival celebrating vintages whose grapes were grown organically, with no yeasts or sulfites added in the cellar. This is pure, unadulterated nectar, the way the gods intended wine to be made, and much like Georgians have been doing it for 8,000 years..."

     

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    May
    16
    2018
    Seven Fifty Daily

    Why an Ancient Winemaking Technique is Making a Comeback

    “Clay vessels have been used to ferment and age wine since ancient times. Iron Age wine vessels recently found in the Republic of Georgia were tested and confirmed to be the world’s oldest…”

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    May
    14
    2018
    CBW

    9th New Wine Festival held in Tbilisi

    The 2018 New Wine Festival welcomed 236 small estate vintners among its participants.

     

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    May
    14
    2018
    CBW

    International Wine Challenge Awards over 90 Wines from Georgia

    During the 2018 ”International Wine Challenge…Georgia won 5 gold, 25 silver, 37 bronze, and 27 “commended” awards. Over 20 Georgian wine companies were represented at the contest…”

     

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    May
    12
    2018
    Agenda.GE

    New Wine Festival being held in Tbilisi

     

    The goal of the 9th annual New Wine Fair, was "to promote Georgian wine, improve wine education and enhance consumption culture in Georgia..."

     

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    Apr
    30
    2018
    Forbes

    Why Georgia (The Country) Is The Next Great Food And Wine Destination (Part II)

    Enjoying the food, wine and hospitality of Georgia within the capital city of Tbilisi (as described in Part I of this article) is just the beginning — to really experience all the country has to offer, the wine regions are worth the journey. Along the way you’ll experience Georgia’s natural beauty, the monasteries and churches that dot the hillsides and rivers — even monasteries that make wine — and learn the ways of the Supra, a true Georgian feast.

     

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    Apr
    18
    2018
    Atlas Obscura

    Qvevri

    Georgians have been making wine for 8,000 years. Today, vintners in the Eastern European country still make their singular wine with methods that have been passed down over hundreds of generations. The tool central to this preparation is the qvevri.

     

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    Apr
    12
    2018
    Forbes

    Why Georgia (The Country) Is The Next Great Food And Wine Destination (Part I)

     

    There is wonderful hospitality around the world — and then there is Georgian hospitality. So for your next food, wine and cultural vacation, there is no better place to travel. Here are the main reasons to start saying “madloba” and “gaumarjos” and get yourself to Georgia. 

     

     

     

     

     

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    Apr
    02
    2018
    Decanter

    Jefford On Monday: Georgia – the tasting challenge

    "Amber qvevri wine is "deeply coloured, more or less tannic, relatively fruitless, low-acid, usually unoaked wine with a fascinating spectrum of other notes and allusions, and with great mealtime aptitude..."

     

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    Mar
    27
    2018
    Wine Economist

    Review of “Our Blood Is Wine”: A Film about Georgia Qvevri Wine

    Our Blood is Wine is worth seeking out for what it teaches about Georgia, history, culture, politics, and of course wine. One of the best wine documentaries of recent years.

     

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    Mar
    26
    2018
    Decanter

    Jefford on Monday: Georgia – finding its path

    "[Georgia] has an extraordinary patrimony of indigenous varieties, and unique wine-making techniques, too, unchanged for a millennium or more; these have proved seductively interesting for the natural wine movement worldwide..." 

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    Mar
    26
    2018
    Fodor's

    How to Toast in Tbilisi: Georgian Food Is Nothing Without ‘Supra’

    In Georgia, toasting is much more than just “cheers!”

     

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  •  
    Mar
    16
    2018
    Film Journal

    Film Review: Our Blood is Wine

    "Beautiful doc journey into rustic, remote areas of the Republic of Georgia where humble families continue ancient, unique winemaking techniques. A pleasure for wine, nature and travel lovers alike..."

     

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  •  
    Mar
    16
    2018
    Third Coast Review

    Review: The Art and Tradition of Georgian Winemaking in Our Blood Is Wine

    "Each family interviewed has a unique history of survival and revival, and you can see how much of their soul they put into each bottle, even those bottles that stay with the family and are never sold."

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    Mar
    15
    2018
    Trip Expert

    Experts’ Choice 2018: Tbilisi wins Best Emerging Destination

    “Travel experts from National Geographic, The Guardian, and Rough Guides agree that now is the time to visit the Georgian capital. Tbilisi’s rich history dates back, according to legend, over fifteen hundred years. The city, which has been influenced by countless cultures and been part of many empires, remains intrinsically itself while striving to embrace change…”

     

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    Mar
    15
    2018
    The New York Times

    Review: In ‘Our Blood Is Wine,’ Raising Glasses to Tradition in an Ex-Soviet State

    ‘Our Blood is Wine’ movie review – “Eagerly accompanied by the sommelier Jeremy Quinn, Ms. Railsback scours the country to discover a reinvigorated culture of independent vintners and ancient traditions…”

     

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    Mar
    06
    2018
    The Back Label

    What is Rkatsiteli?

    Rkatsiteli is notably used to make a traditional Georgian wine. The Qvevri wines of Georgia are produced using some incredibly old winemaking techniques which date back to the dawn of winemaking

     

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  •  
    Feb
    27
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    Bina 37: WIne Cellar in the Sky

    Bina 37: WIne Cellar in the Sky

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  •  
    Feb
    25
    2018
    The Times, UK

    Natural wine lovers don’t need to dig deep for a tangerine dream

    "[Amber wine] was unlike any wine made from white grapes, in my experience, with an aroma of quince and marmalade and nuts, a hint of oxidation maybe, and a slightly bitter taste. I was trying to get my head around it when the winemaker said: “Try this one. It spent 22 days on the skins.”"

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    Feb
    25
    2018
    The Guardian

    Why Georgia is a hotspot for natural wines

    The qvevri’s ubiquity is more than quaint tourist-board marketing. It’s a symbol of just how proud the Georgians are of being the oldest winemaking country in the world: in November last year, archaeologists on a dig south of Tbilisi uncovered fragments of qvevri with residual wine compounds dating back 8,000 years. 

     

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  •  
    Feb
    24
    2018
    Hvino news

    'Our Blood Is Wine' documentary to be released in USA (with video)

    “The documentary titled Our Blood Is Wine, premiered this month at the Berlin Film Festival, will be released in select US theaters starting March 9th. Our Blood Is Wine is about families in Georgia who revive 8,000 year old winemaking traditions that were almost lost during the era of Soviet domination. Our Blood Is Wine is directed by American filmmaker Emily Railsback, making her feature debut after a few other short docs previously…”

     

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  •  
    Feb
    20
    2018
    BonAppetit

    7 Wild Wines from Central & Eastern Europe You Need to Czech Out Now

    “…But once you taste these wines, they are impossible to forget. They have striking acidity, impressive fruit, low alcohol, playful juiciness, and a nearly lusty dryness. I can’t help but clamor for them, and I’m not the only one…”

     

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  •  
    Feb
    20
    2018
    Agenda.GE

    New book by American master of wine to promote Georgian wine

    “The history, culture and potential of Georgian winemaking and viticulture will be described in a new book which will be written by American master of wine, Lisa Granik. The famous wine professional is in Georgia for over a month, visiting family cellars and wine companies in different parts of the country, learning as much as possible about Georgian wine and its history to put all the information in her new book…”

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  •  
    Feb
    16
    2018
    Hvino news

    Saperavi World Prize 2017 announces results, awards Grand Prizes

    "The Grand Prize winners are: Saperavi winemakers from Australia - Grand Gold, USA - Grand Silver; Kazakhstan - Grand Bronze. Wines of best-known Georgian variety from all over the world were judged in Georgia for the first time at SapPrize contest..."

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    Feb
    08
    2018
    Georgia Today

    "I’ve discovered some incredible wine here. I’m a real fan of the Qveri wine; I’d never seen that anywhere else in the world. It’s really nice to drink and cook with, or to make some cocktails with. It is completely different from what, as a foreigner, you think of when you think about wine. It’s a lot more complex, and that’s what I like: what I’m looking for in wine is the same as in food: different tastes, temperature, some bitterness, sweetness, herbs. My way of cooking is a balance of taste, texture, color. You have that in Georgian wine too, which is really interesting."

     

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    Feb
    02
    2018
    The Buyer

    Why Georgian Qvevri are so efficient at making natural wine

    "Raw, low-intervention, hand-made, artisanal, craft – when it comes to ‘naturally’ made wines, the vinicultural lexicon is as rich as it is imprecise. All of these descriptors are variously employed to distinguish wines made with minimal interference or the use of additives...In Georgian winemaking, however, there is a clear and important defining feature and that is the Qvevri."

     

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  •  
    Jan
    30
    2018
    VinePair

    Why Black Wine is going Viral on Instagram

    "Why black wine is going viral on Instagram?" - "these inky wines are actually some of the world’s oldest juice, made from an ancient, deeply pigmented red grape."

     

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  •  
    Jan
    29
    2018
    Georgia Today

    Georgian Wine Agency Presents Wine Development Strategy

    “Georgian Wine Agency presents wine development strategy to include "diversification of export markets, development of the local market, and sustainable viticulture, wine tourism…”

     

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  •  
    Jan
    29
    2018
    Bourbon and Banter

    The Embassy Series: Chacha – Georgia’s Native Spirit

    "Winemaking is one of the great sources of Georgian pride...besides having the historical record of making wine for millennia, what is truly special about Georgian wine is the methodology and variety..”

     

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  •  
    Jan
    29
    2018
    Edible Brooklyn

    Meet the Importer Waging a Grassroots Campaign for Georgian Wines

    “Wine importer: two simple words that conjure thoughts of a glamorous life of traveling, strolling through vineyards and swirling stemware. For Brooklyn’s Chris Terrell this reality is a bit different, though; as the sole employee of Terrell Wines, his regular work involves riding a bicycle while spreading the word about small, independent natural winemakers in an Eastern European country that’s almost become a second home…”

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  •  
    Jan
    29
    2018
    The Art of Eating

    The 2018 Art of Eating Prize Longlist

    "Tasting Georgia" cookbook by Carla Capalbo is one of the 12 books selected for the exclusive 'Art of Eating' prize 

     

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  •  
    Jan
    28
    2018
    Georgia Today

    Taking Craft Wine to the UK: English Grapes in Georgian Qvevri

    "‘Project Marani’ is a venture by Artisan Cru ... Founded by Henry Mchedlishvili, Ian Cole and Joe Simms, they have correctly realised that the Georgians have an 8,000 year tradition of what could anachronistically but effectively be marketed as ‘craft’ wine production, and seek to create a hybrid wine using English-grown grapes fermented in Qvevri..." 

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  •  
    Jan
    26
    2018
    Snooth

    Wine Grape Study Guide: Georgia

    “The country of Georgia has produced wine for more than 8,000 vintages. While spending a recent week there it was easy to see how deeply embedded wine is in the nation’s culture. More than 500 native grape varieties exist and their production methodologies are distinct…” 

     

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  •  
    Jan
    25
    2018
    Intelli News

    COLCHIS: Georgian tourism is on the cusp of greatness

    “2018 may turn out to be yet another banner year for Georgia’s blossoming tourism industry. The newest darling of the international traveller set, Georgia is winning global acclaim with speed and aplomb, earning rave reviews and confident endorsements from a climbing stack of international media and travel outlets…”

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  •  
    Jan
    15
    2018
    Georgia Journal

    Why wine lovers should visit Tbilisi in 2018

    Well-known English lifestyle newsletter, Evening Standard, uncovers the reasons why wine lovers should visit Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia in 2018.

     

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  •  
    Jan
    15
    2018
    Culinary Backstreets

    Tbilisi: State of the Stomach 2018

    "We used to boast how Georgia’s food culture was one of the world’s best-kept secrets, but the word is out and we’re good with that..."

     

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  •  
    Jan
    14
    2018
    Dante Magazine

    How the history of wine has been rewritten – in Georgia

    As the slogan says, “if you think of wine, think Georgia”. And now we are saying it can trace its wine industry back to the early Neolithic period.

     

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  •  
    Jan
    11
    2018
    Hvino wines

    "Saveur": Meet the Georgian winemaker who sleeps in his cellar and makes wine the old-school way

    Wine has been an essential part of Georgian way of life for thousands of years. It’s something Georgians have always known but now have proof: a recent study show that wine-making in Georgia goes back at least to 6,000 B.C.

     

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  •  
    Jan
    11
    2018
    Thrillist

    All 48 European Countries, Ranked by Food/Drink

    Georgia sits in the middle of the ancient spice route between Europe and the Middle East and Asia, so the country’s dishes are imbued with an incredibly rich and unique use of herbs & spices, like cilantro and dried marigold, that are used in combinations not seen in the other individual regions and are layered for bold, but balanced dishes. 

     

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  •  
    Jan
    06
    2018
    Global Goose

    Travel blog suggests 25 interesting things to do in Tbilisi

    “…Vogue raves about the “Brooklyn-esque undertones” and the “young creative class.” There’s the hearty and delicious food, the beautiful architecture and the fascinating history. This city is located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia and it has been influenced by the Arabs, Ottomans and Russians over the centuries…”

     

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  •  
    Jan
    06
    2018
    Wine-Searcher

    Alice in Wine Wonderland

    Georgia – the country not the state – now has validation to their world's oldest wine region claim.

    Proof was discovered just 30 miles south of Tbilisi. Carbon dating excavated pottery jars containing wine traces linked to 5980BC left the previous oldest, Iran, in the dust by about 1000 years. But in a world where people race to be the biggest, the best, or the oldest, I thought Georgia already had something far superior. Tenacity.

     

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  •  
    Jan
    05
    2018
    The Drinks Business

    Georgian Wine Exports Hit 30 Year High

    Georgia’s wine exports in 2017 reached their highest level for 30 years, with 76.7 million bottles of wine worth about US$170 million shipped to 53 countries, the Georgian National Wine Agency has announced.

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  •  
    Jan
    04
    2018
    Agenda.GE

    Record number of Georgian wines exported in 2017

    “Georgia exported 76.7 million bottles of wine to 53 countries in 2017 – a record number of wine in the past 30 years, announces the Georgian National Wine Agency…Last year Georgia generated about $170 million from the sale of wine abroad.”

     

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  •  
    Jan
    03
    2018
    Eat Sip Trip

    A regional guide to khatchapuri, the world's greatest cheese bread

    Ask a European about Gerogian cuisine and you’ll probably hear more about wine, cheese and khatchapuri. The Republic of Georgia, in the heart of the Caucasus, has a rich culinary history – and is commonly believed to be the birthplace of modern wine – but until recently, most American cities were completely devoid of Georgian food. In recent years, however, food from Georgia has started creeping its way onto the American palate, thanks largely to khatchapuri.

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  •  
    Jan
    02
    2018
    Bloomberg

    Where to Go in 2018

    “…We’ve scoured the globe for the most exciting openings and events in 2018 and boiled them down to 22 especially compelling destinations.” 

     

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  •  
    Dec
    29
    2017
    Forbes

    Expert Predictions For The Wine Trends That Will Shape 2018

    “The adventure continues! Consumers will continue to seek out new regions and varieties, and will even pay a slightly higher price for something a little unusual if they think it will impress their friends.”

     

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  •  
    Dec
    27
    2017
    BonAppetit

    7 Wine Resolutions for a Better 2018

    “…[H]ave to drink more Georgian wines. Georgia has the oldest wine culture and is pretty much the reason we have orange wine today, making each glass a little history lesson as well as a glimpse into the current (and future) state of skin-contact wines.”

     

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  •  
    Dec
    25
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Is Less, More? On “Usakhelauri” Wine

    “Usakhelauri is an ancient red-wine grape variety unique to Georgia. The grapes are cultivated in just a couple of villages in the Lechkhumi region (West Georgia), as this variety can only grow in specific areas (micro zones) of this region. One season can only produce a couple of hundred tons of these rare grapes in Georgia…”

     

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  •  
    Dec
    18
    2017
    Georgia Today

    The Renaissance of Natural Wine

    "For a country like Georgia, that celebrates wine on different levels, it is important to say a few words about natural wine..."

     

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  •  
    Dec
    18
    2017
    Euronews

    What's behind the tourism boom in Georgia?

    “Tourists are attracted to Georgia’s 12,000 historical and cultural sites. 

    “We are the four seasons destination, starting from winter you can ski in the high mountains where we have one of the best slopes in Europe, and into the summer when you can swim in our Black Sea, as well as in the autumn when you can enjoy Kakheti wine harvest,” Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, told Euronews.”

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  •  
    Dec
    11
    2017
    Pure Wow

    Psst: Black Wine Is the New Trend You Need to Know

    Step away from the rosé—it’s time to try the chic new wine on the block. (Well, new to us, anyway.) Black wine actually dates back thousands of years, but it’s making its way into American glasses just in time for sweater weather. To get the DL, we chatted with Kate Gersamia, who, with her husband, owns a vineyard in the country of Georgia, the birthplace of black wine.

     

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  •  
    Dec
    08
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Best Bites 2017: Tbilisi

    ...We’re celebrating another year of excellent backstreets eating by taking a look back at our favorite restaurants and dishes of 2017...

     

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  •  
    Dec
    07
    2017
    Imbibe Magazine

    The one minute wine expert: Georgian Wine

    Too busy to read For The Love Of Wine? The one-minute wine expert is here to explain Georgian wine. Read. Absorb. Feel smug. This article will self-destruct in 60 seconds…There were once more than 1,400 grape varieties in Georgia; now there are around 537, although only 45 or so are grown commercially. Three-quarters are white.

     

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  •  
    Dec
    06
    2017
    Forbes

    Ask The Pros: What's The Best Sub-$50 Wine For A Secret Santa Gift Exchange?

     

    It’s nearly Christmas and holiday gift pools are back. Oft referred to as a Secret Santa exchange, deciding what to buy can be a challenge, especially when it comes to wine. 

     

     

     

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  •  
    Nov
    29
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Georgia’s Oldest Wine Becomes Guinness World Record Holder

    Following the discovery earlier this month of the oldest wine in history, Georgia’s fame has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.  (Link to Guinness World Records included.)

     

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  •  
    Nov
    29
    2017
    Nation’s Restaurant News

    8 Food And Drink Predictions for 2018

    Every year, NRN senior food editor Bret Thorn shares his food and beverage predictions for the coming 12 months. Find out what to expect on restaurant menus in 2018.

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  •  
    Nov
    28
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Georgian oldest wine enters Guinness book of world records

    Chemical evidence of wine, dating back to 6000–5800 BC, was obtained from residues of ancient pottery excavated in the archeological sites in Georgia, Guinness World Records webpage says.

     

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  •  
    Nov
    27
    2017
    DC Eater

    Khachapuri Lovers Hail Supra’s ‘Spot-on’ Cooking

    D.C.’s inaugural Georgian restaurant, Supra starting giving Shaw a taste of Eurasian cuisine earlier this month. Co-owners Jonathan and Laura Nelms’ spacious 4,000-square-foot restaurant at 1205 11th Street NW boasts a floor-to-ceiling glass wall upon entrance, filled with a couple hundred bottles imported from Georgia. 

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  •  
    Nov
    15
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Georgian wine at 5 events in New York and Los Angeles

    Georgian wine was showcased at five events of fine, natural wines in the United States’ cities of New York and Los Angeles during the past one week, announced the Georgian National Wine Agency.

    RAW NY, an international exhibition of natural wines in New York and RAW LA in Los Angeles hosted exciting collections of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans, including some from Georgia as well.

     

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  •  
    Nov
    14
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    It’s official: world scientists agree wine was first made in Georgia

    “The global scientific community has recognised that the oldest grape wine was made in Georgia, from where it spread around the globe. One of the world’s leading science journals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), published the findings of the newest multidisciplinary study, according to which, humans were fermenting grapes into wine in Georgia as early as 6000-5800 BC - in other words, as far back as 8,000 years ago.”

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    Nov
    14
    2017
    Food and Wine Magazine

    World's Oldest Wine Found in 8,000-Year-Old Jars

    “We believe this is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian grapevine solely for the production of wine," Stephen Batiuk, a researcher at the University of Toronto and co-author of the paper describing the findings published in the Proceedings in the National Academy of Scientists, told the BBC.

     

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  •  
    Nov
    13
    2017
    The Washington Post

    Earliest evidence of wine found in giant, 8,000-year-old jars

     

    “The new research pushes chemical evidence of wine 600 to 1,000 years before the previous oldest estimates. “This is a big time jump,” said Patrick McGovern, an expert in ancient wines at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and an author of the new study. McGovern and his colleagues analyzed pottery jars found in the Eurasian country of Georgia that dated to the early Neolithic period.”

     

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  •  
    Nov
    13
    2017
    The New York Times

    Wine From Prehistoric Georgia With an 8,000-Year-Old Vintage

    “Raise a glass to Georgia, which could now be the birthplace of wine. The country, which straddles the fertile valleys of the south Caucasus Mountains between Europe and the Middle East, may have been home to the first humans to conquer the common grape, giving rise to chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and thousands of other reds and whites we enjoy today.”

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  •  
    Nov
    13
    2017
    The New York Times

    Talk About Vintage: Pottery Shards Show 8,000-Year-Old Wine

    “Talk about vintage wine: Pieces of broken pottery found in the nation of Georgia provide the earliest known evidence for the origins of today's winemaking industry. The eight shards, recovered from two sites about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Tbilisi, are roughly 8,000 years old.”

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  •  
    Nov
    13
    2017
    BBC

    'World's oldest wine' found in 8,000-year-old jars in Georgia

    “Scientists say 8,000-year-old pottery fragments have revealed the earliest evidence of grape wine-making. The earthenware jars containing residual wine compounds were found in two sites south of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, researchers said. Some of the jars bore images of grape clusters and a man dancing.”

     

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  •  
    Nov
    02
    2017
    Napa Valley Register

    The wines of Georgia, revisited

    When we see a wine from a lesser-known wine-producing country or made from a grape we are not familiar with or made in a style that is not what we consider classic, we may call these wines “weird” or “archaic” or “artisanal” or “natural.” But it is important to have a broader perspective and look at the larger world of wine.

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  •  
    Oct
    31
    2017
    The Drinks Business

    Former Gusborne CEO Making English Wine in Qvervi

    Ben Walgate describes the qvevri as “a revelation,” revealing that the wine “just about made itself.”

     

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  •  
    Oct
    30
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Evening Standard on Why Wine Lovers Should Visit Georgia

    In an article published by The Evening Standard, Georgia is named as the top destination and “a wine-lovers’ heaven” worth a visit in 2018. The author of the article, Disha Daswaney, notes that travel experts at Lonely Planet have recently ranked Tbilisi the number one destination for wine in their latest publication, The Cities Book, and suggests a visit Georgia’s capital.

     

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  •  
    Oct
    25
    2017
    Daily News

    Hungry for Travels: Georgia (the country) should be on your mind

    Culinary journey in Georgia. “Alongside my khinkali and khachapuri was a simple yet vibrant garden salad consisting of vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley, and a drizzle of a regional nutty tasting oil. With my first bite of the salad I was speechless.” - Blakely Trettenero

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  •  
    Oct
    25
    2017
    Press Herald

    Over 8,000 years, Georgia has mastered wine After all, the country likely was the birthplace of viticulture.

    "If you need to inject a bit of novelty into the familiar aspects of your life, then [Georgian] wines will be the perfect infusion. They are ancient and novel at the same time. How often do you get an experience like that?" - Bryan Flewelling

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  •  
    Oct
    23
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Tourists join in grape harvest in Kakheti collection vineyard

    Locals and tourists visiting Georgia’s wine region of Kakheti teamed up to harvest the grapes of over 400 varieties at a unique vineyard of Georgian wine company Shumi. Head of Georgian National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili said that such activities promoted the development of wine tourism in Georgia as well as raised awareness of Georgian wine abroad.

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  •  
    Oct
    23
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Grape Harvest 2017 Wrapped Up

    Georgian Agriculture Minister, Levan Davitashvili, announced that 123,000 tons of grapes were processed in Georgia this year, an “unprecedented success”. While summarizing the grape harvest 2017, the minister noted that farmers had earned around GEL 150 million income from selling their harvest.

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  •  
    Oct
    21
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    ‘Georgia Special’: Traditional cuisine on show in Berlin exhibition

    Germany's capital of Berlin has hosted an exhibition "Georgia Special” that promoted Georgian traditional cuisine, wine, and products in Germany.Visitors of the exhibition were able to get acquainted with the traditional Georgian winemaking method in the ancient qvevri winemaking vessel.

     

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  •  
    Oct
    20
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Tbilisoba - Harvest Bacchanalia for the Whole Family

    When it comes to fragrances, nothing makes you stop in your tracks and moan in delight more than the redolence of mtsvadi roasting on the coals of grape vine trimmings. It’s the juicy sizzling fat basting the chunks of skewered pork that clinches it and makes whiffing the browning meat just as good as eating it. For one October weekend every year, the entire center of Tbilisi is immersed in wafts of barbecue from perhaps hundreds of hot grills, called makhali, as men, teary-eyed in billows of smoke, turn the skewers in pop-up sidewalk picnic parties. This is part of an annual event called Tbilisoba, a kind of Georgian Oktoberfest, but much cooler.

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  •  
    Oct
    19
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Georgia’s grape harvest 2017: “unprecedented success”

    "Since independence we have not sold so many wines in terms of quantity as well as in terms of amount of money,” said Georgia’s Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili who today summarised the grape harvest of 2017. Davitashvili expects that 70 million bottles of Georgian wine will be exported this year as the grape harvest has ended with "unprecedented success”.

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  •  
    Oct
    18
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Tbilisi in top 10 cities to visit, top wine destination (VIDEO)

    Georgia's capital Tbilisi is in the top 10 of international cities selected by travel experts from Lonely Planet and highlighted by a short video from Harper's Bazaar UK. Selected for its wine hubs, Tbilisi found its place alongside cities like Barcelona, Melbourne and Florence in the list composed based on travel interests.

     

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  •  
    Oct
    12
    2017
    Georgia Today

    The Harvesters

    When the vines are clear of grapes for another year, the harvesters will move on to find another employer. Winter is a quiet time for them. Come summer, they’ll have peaches to pick here, cherries and plums. In other regions are other fruits as well as nuts. This is the fertile land of Georgia; a country based on an age-old tradition of agriculture, and these people are the ones who make it all happen; quietly, seriously, year-after-year. Next time you’re picking at a bunch of grapes- spare a thought for the harvesters.

     

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  •  
    Oct
    09
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Georgian Wine Festival 2017 – An Event You Can’t Miss!

     

    The Georgian Wine Festival 2017 on October 15 will let its visitors to learn about wine making process through virtual reality glasses, taste wines and see this year’s novelty: a wine fountain, something never before seen in Georgia!

     

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  •  
    Oct
    09
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Georgian Capital Celebrates Tbilisoba

     

    This weekend the Georgian capital Tbilisi united for the annual festival of Tbilisoba, which celebrates both the city and country’s cultural and historical diversity. The two-day festival features a range of entertainment, including open-air concerts, traditional music and dance, cultural events and a lot of food and wine. The first Tbilisoba festival was held in 1979.

     

     

     

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  •  
    Oct
    09
    2017
    Forbes

    Tsinandali: Zubin Mehta Leads the IPO in an Enchanted Evening of Music in Georgia's Kakheti Region

     

    To listen to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) conducted by Zubin Mehta playing Tchaikovsky in a newly constructed 1000-person open-air auditorium at a country estate on a summer’s night is heavenly and it is hard to imagine a classical music experience more intimate and emotional. Even more remarkable, this concert was taking place on the grounds of the Tsinandali Estate in the Republic of Georgia’s Kakheti region, some two and a half hours from Tbilisi, the capital, to launch a new classical music festival that will debut in 2019.

     

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  •  
    Oct
    09
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Harvest Week: Bluesy Kakhetian Wine

    The vibe changes in September, though, when the slumbering villages spark to life. It’s harvest time, and the rural road is suddenly busy with cars, dump trucks and tractors pulling trailers – all either packed with grapes or on their way to the fields to pick them. This is Georgia’s largest wine region and nearly every family here has some stake in the winemaking process.

     

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    Oct
    03
    2017
    USA Today

    Must-See Museum Exhibits in Europe

    Some 8,000 years ago, the first wine in history was being made in what would become the country of Georgia. Fittingly, Bordeaux’s recently opened wine-focused museum has partnered with the Georgian National Museum in Tbilisi to educate visitors about the origins of wine and its role in agriculture, royalty, religious beliefs and everyday life. Georgia has provided 125 items, works of art and photographs for the exhibit. Bonus: Tours end with a wine tasting. laciteduvin.com

     

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  •  
    Oct
    03
    2017
    Forbes

    Georgia's Tourism Strategy is Starting to Pay Off

    Georgia takes its tourism seriously, very seriously. In 2015, Georgia ranked 25th on the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go. New flight routes have launched from cities around Europe and this year Georgia made Conde Nast Traveler’s list of hottest upcoming wine destinations.

     

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  •  
    Oct
    03
    2017
    The Lazy Hunter

    The Ultimate Underground Wine

    "The first thing you need to know about Georgian wines is they come from one of the oldest wine regions in the world; one that’s been producing juice for some 8,000 years...[The] second thing you need to know. The Georgians are coming. At least, they’re trickling into the American market at a deliberate pace. It’s a movement born from a relatively organic shift in the country’s winemaking trade."

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  •  
    Sep
    29
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    National wine week starts in Georgia

    For the next seven days Georgia will bask in the sweet smell of wine as the country celebrates national wine week. Starting today people around the country are invited to celebrate Georgian Wine Week and attend any or all of the various wine events taking place over the next seven days, such as wine tasting, wine tours and presentations.

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  •  
    Sep
    27
    2017
    Hvino news

    Georgian Wine Week 2017

     

    It is fourth time Ministry of Agriculture and National Wine Agency are organizing “Georgian Wine Week”. Georgian Wine Day was first celebrated in 2014. Due to high interest to the event, in 2016 it was decided to transform the “Georgian Wine Day” into “Georgian Wine Week.”

     

     

     

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  •  
    Sep
    27
    2017
    CNN Travel

    What to Eat and Drink in Georgia, According to London's Yotam Ottolenghi

    Ottolenghi’s head sommelier, Heidi Nam Knudsen, fell hard for the wine and food of the Caucasus on her first trip four years ago. This past April, she brought the boss with her.

     

     

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  •  
    Sep
    26
    2017
    Hvino news

    Another group of wine experts from USA led by Julie Peterson visits Georgia

     

    Another group of wine experts from USA led by Julie Peterson has just visited Georgia. Julie Peterson heads Marq Energie marketing agency, which is contracted by Georgia's National Wine Agency's to support Georgian wine promotion in USA. “Americans are becoming very interested in Georgian wine, - Ms. Peterson commented, - In fact, this year exports are already up about 70%, so it's very exciting that this tradition has becoming of such high interest in the US and not only the tradition, but the very wines.”

     

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  •  
    Sep
    25
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Georgian Wines Grab Prizes at Decanter Wine Awards 2017

     

    At Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2017 in Hong Kong, which is fairly considered as the one of the world’s most influential competitions, 39 varieties of Georgian wine received prizes, among them two platinum and one gold medal.

     

     

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  •  
    Sep
    25
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Georgian Wine Museum Opens in China

     

    A Georgian Wine Museum named ‘Window of Georgia’ has been opened in Shangri-La Hotel in the city of Yiwu in central Zhejiang province, China. Georgia’s Agriculture Minister said at the opening ceremony that strengthening friendly and business relations between Georgia and China is essential.

     

     

     

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  •  
    Sep
    19
    2017
    Food and Wine Magazine

    3 Georgian Wines to Try Now

    "The latest wine region winning over sommeliers is probably not where you'd expect it to be: It’s in the Caucasus nation of Georgia, where wine-making has been going on for 8,000 years, and the wines range from bright and crisp to downright exotic" - an excellent account by Ray Isle of Food and Wine Magazine.

     

     

     

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  •  
    Sep
    14
    2017
    Georgia Today

    Prime Minister of Georgia Officially Opens Wine Exhibition in Bordeaux

     

    On September 14, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, officially opened the 'Georgia- Cradle of Wine' exhibition at 'La Cité du Vin', the Center of Wine Civilization in Bordeaux, France. "The country's greatest success is that the wine industry specialists, experts and wine companies representing Georgia will be presented as the heritage of winemaking. This is a result of many years of research and hard work," stated Mr. Kvirikashvili.



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    Sep
    14
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Georgian PM: Georgia returns to Europe, joins its wine-making culture

    Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited the Georgia, Cradle of Viticultureexhibition at the world wine civilization centre Cité des Civilisations Du Vin, in Bordeaux, France. While addressing guests of the exhibition, Mr. Kvirikashvili spoke of the country's 8,000-year history of viticulture, and noted: "Wine is the major marker of Georgia’s national identity, just as ‘exquisite taste in everything’ is a big part of France’s national identity.”

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    Sep
    13
    2017
    Hvino news

    GWS brings the Feast of Bacchus back to Georgia (where it belongs)

     

    The GWS revived Feast of Bacchus in Telavi, Kakheti with its refined atmosphere of unfading ancient classics. “Wine is the one of the key pillars of the Georgian history and culture, closely intertwined with art, poetry, and songs," according to Keti Kenkishvili, GWS Brand Ambassador.

     

     

     

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    Sep
    11
    2017
    Georgia Today

    First International Competition of Qvevri Wine Announces Winners

     

    The fourth International Symposium of Qvevri Wine, held at the Ikalto Qvevri School-Academy, has announced the winners of the competition. Twenty two gold, 20 silver and 29 bronze medals were awarded to 150 wines presented at the competition. The award-ceremony took place at the Ikalto Monastery Complex.

     

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    Sep
    05
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Feasting in Garikula: Summer Days and Nights in a Sleepy Georgian Village

    ..."The table was a motif of fresh delights we had never seen before, all the ingredients from the family garden. In due time we would learn about pkhali, chicken tsatsiviand the intrepid Georgian ratatouille, ajapsandali"...

     

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    Aug
    28
    2017
    Clever Dever Whenever

    Drinking Georgian Qvevri Wine Daily is Super Healthy! They Say.

     

    ...“Zaza knows that the wine made in qvevri takes out all concern from the body, it helps the heart to work properly, and all different kinds of diseases. Zaza says to ‘drink wine made in qvevri daily.’”

     

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    Aug
    25
    2017
    Mens XP

    Orange Wine Is The New Fourth Wine & It's Worth A Shot

    It's fresh, like white wine; but, it's not quite like it. It's rich, like red wine; but, it's not quite like it either. It's like a rosé in the autumn; but, it's not a rosé.

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    Aug
    24
    2017
    CNN Travel

    The 15 Best Rosé Wines from Around the World, According to Sommeliers

    In the past year alone, rosé sales have more than doubled, raking in a whopping $258 million in sales, which, according to wine experts, can be attributed to rosé’s rising popularity amongst millennials and its growing cachet. With the help of some wine experts, we’ve rounded up 15 amazing rosés around the world. 

     

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    Aug
    18
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Kazbegi, Georgia among ‘100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime’

    Mountainous Kazbegi area of Georgia has been named among "100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime”, a list of destinations based on recommendations from the world’s top travelers.

     

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    Aug
    17
    2017
    Agenda.GE

    Georgia’s wine-making region prepares for this year’s harvest

    Georgia is getting ready for the major harvest season during which more than a hundred thousand tonnes of grapes will be picked, packed and sold locally or exported.

     

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    Aug
    10
    2017
    The National

    From khinkali to churchkhela: a guide to Georgian food

    With a combination of rugged mountains and majestic lakes, vast stretches of grapevine-studded flatland, verdant soil, sweeping hills and a culturally rich capital city, there is something altogether enchanting about the country of Georgia. As well as bearing the hallmarks of a tumultuous and oft-invaded history, Georgian cooking also reflects its location. Frequently described as the point at which Europe and Asia meet, Georgia is flanked by the Black Sea, and borders Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. The climate, meanwhile, is, for the most part, temperate and Mediterranean, resulting in exceptional fresh produce. These elements combine to produce a cuisine that is as wonderfully unique as the country’s landscape.

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    Aug
    07
    2017
    Wine Enthusiast

    Where Does Wine Really Come From?

    Wine Enthusiast highlighting the origin and emergence of Georgian wine.

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    Jul
    29
    2017
    The Local

    French museum raises a glass to ‘cradle of wine-making’ Georgia

     

    France's Cite de Vin museum will toast Georgia's 9,000-year history as the global birthplace of wine-making in a new exhibition.

     

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    Jul
    24
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Wine Thieves: Georgia’s Vinous Bad Boys

     

    The wine thieves' catchphrase - “The finest quality Georgian wine ‘stolen’ exclusively for you,” is what united Avto Kobakhidze, Givi Apakidze and Zaza Asatiani in their new venture of developing a new brand.

     

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    Jul
    14
    2017
    Hvino wines

    US wine experts are exploring Georgian wines

     

    A group of wine experts from USA is visiting Georgia to explore wine cellars in Samegrelo, Imereti, Kartli and Kakheti. The visit was organized by the National Wine Agency.

     

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    Jul
    01
    2017
    The Washington Diplomat

    With Medical Background, Wife Aims to Educate Americans on Her Country, Not the State

    Matsukashvili and her husband, recently appointed Georgian Ambassador David Bakradze, are from the country that stands at the intersection of Europe and Asia bordered by the Black Sea, Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. While many Americans might not be that familiar with the former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus Mountain villages and Black Sea beaches, Georgia recently celebrated its 25th year of relations with the U.S. — and both Matsukashvili and Bakradze want Americans to know that their geo-strategically placed country embraces the West.

     

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    Jun
    28
    2017
    wine.sprudge.com

    The Wild, Wonderful, Orange-Tinted World Of Georgian Wine

    The Republic of Georgia is recognized for the uniqueness of its wine culture, most notably marked by the use of qvevri: underground clay vessels.

     

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    Jun
    22
    2017
    The Drinks Business

    New Guide to the Cradle of Wine Released

    A new book on the wines and winemaking culture of Georgia by award-winning wine writer Miquel Hudin has been released.

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    Jun
    12
    2017
    The Buyer

    Sarah Abbott MW: Make Georgian Wines Heroes on Your Wine List

    The wine trade and consumers alike are increasingly looking for wines with history, tradition and a genuine back story. Well, they don’t get much more authentic than wines from Georgia. It might have been making wines for centuries, but it has only been in the last few years that its unique Qveri-style wines are capturing the imagination of our wine buyers and adventurous wine drinkers. Ahead of its annual tasting on Thursday Sarah Abbott MW looks at why Georgian wines are so relevant for the premium on-trade.

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    Jun
    09
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Andro Barnovi: In Service of Wine Country

    Drive west of Tbilisi for about an hour on the backroad to Gori and you will find yourself in the heart of the Shida Kartli wine region. It is an awesome expanse of plains, rolling hills, jagged ridges and hidden valleys that provide a myriad of terroirs that grow some of Georgia’s most exclusive grapes. In ancient times, these were the grapes for the wine of kings.

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    Jun
    01
    2017
    Munchies

    Georgia's Best Wine is Buried

    The Republic of Georgia, that is, where natural wines ferment in underground vessels and the hospitality borders on pathological.

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    May
    29
    2017
    Good Vitis

    Words Escape Me: The Country, Food and Wine of Georgia

    The country of Georgia is, legit, the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.

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    May
    03
    2017
    Travel Pulse

    Is Georgian Wine the Next Big Thing

    Surely, it cannot be a coincidence that some of the most well-known wine-producing nations in the world are also some of the most alluring places to visit on the planet.

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    Apr
    10
    2017
    LA Times

    Why one L.A. wine expert has Georgia on his mind. The country, that is.

    That is what happens when the country you’re visiting is the oldest wine region on Earth, surpassing 8,000 vintages — a country with as many as 100,000 micro-wineries, where it’s nearly impossible not to know someone who makes wine, whether a neighbor or friend or family member.

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    Mar
    20
    2017
    Culinary Backstreets

    Amber Bar: Georgian Wine Rebel

    Some 15 years ago, the crumbling 19th-century buildings and huge eucalyptus trees that lined the street were crowded with people hawking everything from wooden utensils to costume jewelry, fresh produce and coffee beans labeled “Nescafé.” It was a congested, lively sidewalk bazaar of sorts that exemplified the Asiatic spirit of Tbilisi.

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    Mar
    10
    2017
    The Passionate Foodie

    Ikalto Academy in Georgia: The Oldest Winemaking School

    The country of Georgia, located in the Southern Caucasus, is claimed to be the birthplace of wine, extending back to at least 6000 BCE. Besides this achievement, Georgia may also be the location of the oldest winemaking school in the world, the Ikalto Academy. Although that Academy no longer exists, its memory is being honored through the creation of a new Academy, dedicated to Georgian wine and winemaking, which may have opened in Ikalto last fall.

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    Mar
    09
    2017
    AFR Weekend

    Georgian wines, part of an 8000-year-old tradition

    Long tables are spread out under a stand of old cypress trees, shaded from the glare of the midsummer sun in the middle of a long grass paddock. We're in Red Hill, on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula – but we could be somewhere deep in Georgia, the ancient country wedged between eastern Europe and western Asia.

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    Mar
    09
    2017
    The Passionate Foodie

    Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Georgia (Part 3)

    Continuing to relate my recent experiences with Georgian wines, I'm providing more reviews of some of the 60 Georgian wines I tasted at the recent Boston Wine Expo. And I'm also going to provide additional history and background on the region of Georgia and its wines, to give better context to these wines.

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    Mar
    08
    2017
    Chocolate & Wine

    Boston Wine Expo 2017: Highlights & Favorites

    Three weekends ago (seriously where does the time go??) Sean and I attended the 2017 Boston Wine Expo and I think this one was the best yet. This was our fourth year in a row attending and I can honestly say that like a fine wine, this event gets even better with age.

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    Mar
    08
    2017
    The Passionate Foodie

    Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Georgia (Part 2)

    Continuing to relate my recent experiences with Georgian wines, I'm providing more reviews of some of the 60 Georgian wines I tasted at the recent Boston Wine Expo. And I'm also going to provide additional history and background on the region of Georgia and its wines, to give better context to these wines.

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    Mar
    07
    2017
    The Passionate Foodie

    Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Georgia (Part 1)

    Continuing to relate my experiences with Georgian wines, I'm now going to start providing reviews for some of the approximately 60 Georgian wines I tasted at the recent Boston Wine Expo. And I'm also going to provide more history and background on the region of Georgia and its wines, to give better context to these wines.

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    Mar
    06
    2017
    The Passionate Foodie

    Boston Wine Expo: Giorgi Samanisvili & Wines of Georgia

    In no other country do the inhabitants drink so much, or such excellent wine.”--Jean-Baptiste Chardin (aka Sir John Chardin), referring to the country of Georgia in his ten-volume The Travels of Sir John Chardin, published in 1786. I first sampled a Georgian wine about nine years ago though I've had the opportunity to taste many other Georgian wines during the last few years.

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    Feb
    22
    2017
    The Wine Hub

    Discover the Wines of Georgia

    My pursuit of Georgian Wines has led me to the metropolis of New York City, where there was a wine tasting that brought over forty wines from the country known as the ‘cradle of wine’ with over 8,000 vintages and possibly the world’s oldest wine region and traditions to the forefront of the unsuspecting, but, overly curious crowd. 

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    Feb
    22
    2017
    Online Athens

    Georgia, the country, offers unusual wines worth tasting

    An examination of Georgian wines first requires a clarification of whether the inquiry is referring to the state of Georgia in the United States or the independent country of Georgia that was formerly part of the old communist Soviet Union. This column will deal with the now independent democratic country of Georgia geographically bounded on the north by Russia and to the south by Turkey.

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    Feb
    22
    2017
    Capital Gazette

    Go Georgian for bargain-trove of unique wines

    Georgia lays claim to some of the earliest evidence of wine-making with the discovery of a prehistoric settlement and the remnants of clay vessels and grape pips dating 8,000 years ago. Centuries of a thriving wine-making culture was ultimately quashed after the Soviet takeover in 1921, which drastically reduced wine diversity and emphasized quantity over quality.

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    Feb
    19
    2017
    The Wine Hub

    Giorgi Samanishvili Knows the Wines of Georgia

    Meet Giorgi Samanishvili, Chairman of the National Wine Agency of Georgia. He was my introduction to the wines from the country of Georgia, located between the Black Sea and the Caucasus- a rather small country that is home to ‘8000Vintages.’

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    Feb
    17
    2017
    The Los Angeles Times

    Make 2017 your best wine year ever

    Two to try: Wind Gap’s Russian River, Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Trousseau Gris, a wine that takes on a slight orange haze and a bit of weight due skin contact but remains tangy and fresh. Or try Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli, a Georgian wine made in a qvevri, or wax-lined clay amphora. If honey wasn’t sweet, it’d taste something like this. 

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    Feb
    16
    2017
    The New York Times

    Humble Magic in Georgian Capital’s Restaurant Renaissance

    When the chef Meriko Gubeladze opened Shavi Lomi, she recalled that Tbilisi was “starving for small, homey restaurants with good food.” That was 2011, and the quality of Georgian cuisine — known for its lavish use of spices and aromatic herbs influenced by travelers along the Silk Road 

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    Jan
    31
    2017
    Wine & Spirits

    Jeff Berlin of Oakland’s A Côté on Selling Glass After Glass of Georgian Wine

    Soon after opening A Côté in Oakland 15 years ago, Jeff Berlin began accumulating accolades for a wine list that pushed the envelope, featuring wines from obscure grapes and forgotten wine regions, with stories about each that made them accessible and compelling. 

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    Jan
    26
    2017
    HashTagLegend

    In Georgia, winemaking is an 8,000-year tradition

    Some winemaking countries conjure up specific images in our collective imagination. Italy has its sun-burnished hills and France its imperious chateaux. Others are but a faintly exotic blur in the mind’s eye, such as Georgia. Georgia is often lost somewhere in a lacuna in people’s knowledge of geography. 

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    Jan
    26
    2017
    WCVB-TV, local ABC affiliate

    What’s New at the Boston Wine Expo; Jan. 26, 2017

    A video about the Boston Wine Expo by WCVB-TV, local ABC affiliate

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    Jan
    25
    2017
    Travel Insider

    5 Collectible Wines for Your Cellar

    The ultimate destination for the wine connoisseur is Georgia, in Eastern Europe, which has a winegrowing history dating back 8000 years. Tradition remains strong, with qvevri (clay-pot fermenters) still in use. The region may not be on every tourist’s itinerary but a fervent wine-lover will stop at nothing to fill their bucket list to overflowing.

     

     

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    Jan
    23
    2017
    Vogue.com

    The Architecture in Tbilisi, Georgia, Is Worth the Trip Alone

    Over the past few years, Tbilisi, Georgia, has become a red-hot travel destination. The far-flung city boasts a bevy of ancient activities, like its tried-and-true sulfur baths and the centuries-old tradition of drinking kvevri-fermented wine. But it’s not all Old World in Tbilisi: The city’s modern attractions include the techno club Bassiani

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    Jan
    22
    2017
    Wine4Food

    Georgia Wines on Our Mind

    Vogue Magazine recently named Georgia—the country, not the state—one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017. Situated between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, Georgia is an ancient country with hip new appeal. Formerly part of Soviet Russia, it became an independent state in 1991. Today, it’s bursting with bistros and cafes, art galleries and boutique hotels, and a stylish new spirit amidst its historic landmarks. 

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    Jan
    13
    2017
    Forbes.com

    The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017: A Month-By-Month Guide

    Within wine circles and, increasingly, mainstream travel media, the word on Georgia as a vinous destination has spread. Yet few have actually made the trek to this country bordering Armenia and Turkey. Translation: villages remain authentically charming, the countryside still a peaceful refuge and the unique winemaking traditions endure intact. 

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    Dec
    30
    2016
    Vogue.com

    The 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017

    1. Georgia Georgia (the country, not the state) has gotten buzz in recent years for its surprisingly great wine scene. But a stellar bottle of vino is just one reason to visit. The capital, Tbilisi, with its young, creative class and Brooklyn-esque undertones, has emerged as a hub of cool. 

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    Dec
    20
    2016
    Gourmet Pigs

    Learning About the Wines of Georgia

    I recently attended a tasting of wines from Georgia (the country, not the US state) and discovered there was much more I did not know about the world of wine! Traditionally made Georgian wines are unique, and if you've never had wines fermented in a qvevri, these wines would be completely unexpected for you. 

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    Dec
    19
    2016
    Passionate Foodie

    2016: Favorite Wine-Related Items

    At Puritan & Co., there was a significant tasting of Georgian wines, which led to my post, Drink More Georgian Wine! Georgian wines can be delicious and intriguing, and it was fascinating to explore more of their wines. And both of these tastings had wines that ended up on my Top Ten Wine lists this year.

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    Dec
    19
    2016
    Passionate Foodie

    2016: Top Ten Wines Over $15 (But Under $50)

    Like the prior list, this list includes wines that not only did I enjoy, but which I also found to be particularly compelling for various reasons. They might be especially delicious, something more unique or just excellent values for the price. They all stand out, for some particular reason, above the other wines at this price point that I have tasted this past year.

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    Dec
    19
    2016
    Passionate Foodie

    2016: Top Ten Wines Over $15

    As 2017 approaches, it's time once again to reflect upon the past year, to remember and savor many pleasant memories. As 2016 winds down, I'll be posting my annual series of Favorite Lists over the next few weeks, covering food, wine, sake and spirits. These lists should provide a comprehensive summary of my favorites from this past year

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    Dec
    19
    2016
    Smithsonian

    Wandering Through Georgia, the Eden of the Caucasus

    The Georgian people have a trove of stories that explain their good fortune to be living in this fertile corner of the Caucasus. My favorite is this one: when God made the world, he asked all the peoples of the earth where they wanted to live, and distributed their homelands accordingly. From the Georgians he heard nothing; they were too busy feasting.

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    Dec
    15
    2016
    Hvino News

    ‘Well, Hello Saperavi’: US hosts Georgian wine tasting series in December

    Wines from Georgia are exploding in popularity in the United States this month thanks to a new campaign ‘Well, Hello Saperavi’ to promote Georgian wine made with the flesh and skin of red Saperavi grape varieties across Washington D.C.

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    Dec
    01
    2016
    Departures.com

    Sparkling Wine for New Year’s Eve: Champagne Alternatives

    We’ve deemed France and Italy the Old World of winemaking, but parts of the Balkans and Caucasus have been growing and vinifying grapes even longer. Look to Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, and Georgia for bubbly made from grapes you’ve never heard of. Bagrationi Royal Cuvée is 100 percent

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    Dec
    01
    2016
    Munchies

    LA’s Wine Scene Is Turning Orange

    Halfway through my dinner at Gwen, a new and already highly acclaimed restaurant in Hollywood by chef Curtis Stone, the sommelier poured us a wine that was neither red nor white, but an attractive hue of dark orange. On the table, we had a pile of various charcuterie,

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    Dec
    01
    2016
    Wine Enthusiast

    The Historical Cradles Of Wine

    The histories of Western civilization and winemaking are as intertwined as grapevines on a trellis wire. There are competing claims as to where wine was first made, but evidence points to the Middle East, eastern Asia and the Mediterranean Sea as the birthplace of grapes, winemaking and the word, wine, itself.

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    Dec
    01
    2016
    The Drinks Business

    China reports strong imported alcohol growth

    In terms of the origins of importing countries for bottled wines, France dominated the market with US$805 million worth of exported to China, accounting for 44.9% of the imported bottled wine market. Together with Australia, the two took up about 70% of the market share, the report said, followed by Chile, Spain, Italy, the US, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Portugal, Germany, Georgia and Canada.

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    Nov
    24
    2016
    Paste Magazine

    3 Easy Lessons In Georgian Wine 101

    Italy, France, Spain, Germany. When we think of old world wine, we often think of these Western European mega-producers. But savvy somms and wine drinkers are sipping from other parts of the “old” world that also boast thousands of years of winemaking tradition. Of those, Georgia is having a moment. I was recently able

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  •  
    Nov
    22
    2016
    Hvino News

    A Brief Intro To Georgian Wines And Where To Get Them (In New York)

    This Thanksgiving [New York] city dwellers might do well to consider wines from Georgia (as in the country) to accompany their turkey feast. Thanks to a recent push by Brooklynite and Master of Wine Lisa Granik, more and more retailers and sommeliers are putting the wines on their shelves and wine lists. Granik works

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    Nov
    18
    2016
    Hvino News

    Georgian wine presentations held in Tallinn and Riga

    Baltic countries still are strategic export markets for Georgian wine, National Wine Agency is planning active marketing arrangements for the next year. This information was announced by National Wine Agency's Marketing and PR Department Manager Irakli Cholobargia after Georgian wine

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    Nov
    10
    2016
    Fodors

    10 Essential Experiences for Wine Lovers

    For true wine lovers, wine is all about the experience, from savoring the pop of the cork to exploring the wine’s aromas and expressions through a ritual of swirling, sniffing, and sipping. Every glass of wine has the power to take its holder on a journey, telling a story of terroir, climate, and tradition. But to really get the full story, it’s important to travel beyond the glass. 

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    Nov
    02
    2016
    Thirstie.com

    Wines for Cooler Weather

    Parsons adds that, “In the fall, I love to drink wines of Georgia, especially their lighter reds like Aladasturi.” The former ex-Soviet Republic and major Russian wine supplier is emerging as solid source of big, meaty reds made from the Saperavi grape as well as the

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  •  
    Nov
    01
    2016
    The Passionate Foodie

    Drink more Georgian wine! Some recommendations;

    Georgians drink prodigiously and wine is an integral aspect of their lives. For example, many people grow vines and make wine at home. Historically, many invaders ripped up Georgian vineyards so home owners would try to protect the vines, keeping them

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  •  
    Oct
    27
    2016
    CNN

    Is Georgia the world's cradle of wine?

    Visit Kakheti, Georgia's lush wine-producing region, and find out why many believe the country is the world's cradle of wine.

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    Oct
    18
    2016
    The Wine Economist

    Second Thoughts on Wine Strategies for Georgia, the Cradle of Wine

    The Republic of Georgia is a wine economy in transition from its former status as a main supplier of wine to Russia and the former Soviet countries to an emerging position with sales in these markets plus Western Europe, North America

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  •  
    Oct
    08
    2016
    The Wine Economist

    Republic of Georgia: First Impressions of a Wine Industry in Transition

    Georgian wine is very old and the wine culture is strong. I have never been anywhere where wine was so central to the culture. Wine and vine were everywhere we looked. Wine grapes were a central element, for example, of a Soviet-era war memorial we saw in Sighnaghi. And grape vines are at the heart of the image of Georgia

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    Sep
    29
    2016
    The Huffington Post

    Is Georgia Europe’s Hidden Gem?

    Georgians have a history of winemaking that goes back, literally, more than 8,000 years. For centuries, families have been making and enjoying wine via a variety of methods, including in clay qvevris (clay pots) which are buried in the ground and used for fermentation. Today, wine is

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  •  
    Sep
    26
    2016
    Wine Enthusiast

    Historic Winemaking Regions

    The wine regions of eastern Asia and the Middle East are among the oldest in the world. Artifacts and artwork related to winemaking and wine culture dating back thousands of years have been found

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  •  
    Sep
    15
    2016
    Virtuoso Life

    Orange Crush: An ancient style of wine is a boon for seasonal feasts

    With leaves — and Menus — changing, fall color is extending to what’s swirling in the stemware of in-the-know wine drinkers. Orange and amber wines, and ancient style originally from the Republic of Georgia, are trending today, thanks to an interest in natural wines (produced sans chemical or mechanical intervention).

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  •  
    Sep
    01
    2016
    Grape Experiences

    A Sip Of Faith: Adventurous White Wines

    Are you bored with the same white wines? Sure the “House Chardonnay”, or “House Pinot Grigio” at your favorite restaurant is drinkable (and at times decent enough), but wouldn’t you like to go

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  •  
    Aug
    18
    2016
    Grub Street

    Why Now Is the Time to Drink Wines From Georgia

    The main thing you notice about Mariam Losebidze’s 2014 Tavkveri is that it tastes like it’s infused with smoked fat. This is wine, albeit obscure wine, and wine tends not to taste like bacon

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  •  
    Aug
    02
    2016
    Wine Enthusiast

    Ancient Vessels, Modern Wines

    For thousands of years, terra cotta containers called anfore, orci or giare in Italian were the only option available to early winemakers transforming grape juice into wine some 6,000 years ago—these

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