Virginia Wine TV: Winemaker Series: Castle Hill Cider & Kvevri

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While sipping a glass of Levity, their flagship sparkling Virginia cider made from 100% Albemarle Pippin; we learned how the operation started and about their use of ancient Kvevri terracotta vessels

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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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Georgian winemakers should go back to their roots,

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Pheasant’s Tears currently produces about 40,000 bottles annually, one-third of which is exported to the United States. Unlike most wines produced by modern methods – including Teliani Valley’s – Pheasant’s Tears wines are organic and go through the entire fermentation process in amphora – large clay vessels buried underground.

Mr. Wurdeman said he believes strongly that Georgian winemakers should go back to their roots, rather than attempting to compete in the general wine market.

If “we could start making wines that could sell in the $200 price bracket and that were put out in limited quantities, then it would really change and develop Georgian wine in a positive way,” he said. “I think that it’s like a bird trying to fly through glass right now. The Georgians are saying, ‘We’ve taken out a $3 million loan from the bank, and we want to make a mass wine that’s going to be superpopular in California.’ Well, it’s not going to work. They have their own inexpensive jug wine, and they don’t need it to be sent from the Black Sea,” he said.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/23/georgian-wine-ages-well-after-2006-boycott/#

Wild Georgian Wines – Saveur.com

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Wild Georgian Wines

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