Rick Steves: Drinking Georgian Wine In A Soviet Bomb Shelter

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After many more tastings that week, I, too, grew to respect traditional-style Georgian wine. When made to a high standard, they’re rich, warming, light on the tongue, and have a light sourness that you begin to crave once your palate grows accustomed to it. For those beer nuts out there, Georgian wine is to “modern” wine what Belgian Lambic is to lager.

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KAKHETI TRADITIONAL WINESThe traditional winemaking in Kakheti is very old and unique. It has been inspiring many wine countries Spain = tinajas, Italy = amfora, Slovenia, Croatia and even Austria, thanks to Bernard Ott but none of those can claim the same authentic and historical roots. The use of K’VEVRI also called churi in Imereti to produce wine is maybe one of the most archaic vinification techniques.


The FINANCIAL – Georgia Aiming to Hold Top Place in the List of Wine Tourism Countries

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“We have a list of the best ‘maranis’ which are already prepared to receive international visitors. The majority of such places are located in Kakheti. But some other regions including Racha, Imereti, Guria, Qartli and Ajara have great potential,” Sidamonidze stated.The list is published on the special webpage http://www.winetours.ge. There is detailed information about Kakheti, the biggest region of vineyards in Georgia. Information about 16 maranis at Kakheti with all details including price, possibilities of accommodation, Georgian cuisine, souvenir shops and guides are available on this webpage. All necessary information about tour operators is published on this webpage as well. Each tour operator offers their own programme with different services and prices.

via The FINANCIAL – Georgia Aiming to Hold Top Place in the List of Wine Tourism Countries.

TRAVEL: Jews in Georgia

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I was looking forward to visiting Kutaisi, the second biggest city in Georgia, and I was not disappointed. David the Builder lived there, and, according to legend, Jason sailed in the Argonaut on the local Rioni River to get the Golden Fleece. The Bagrati Cathedral was built at the end of the 10th century and is worth a visit. Nearby are the ruins of a military fortification, a small church and an 11th century wine house where you can still see kvevri, or clay wine vessels, in the ground. Each kvevri is about three and a half feet across. Our guide said that surely the Jews in Georgia used this traditional wine-making technique.

via TRAVEL: Jews and Jeeps | San Diego Jewish Journal.

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