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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    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
    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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