Pét Nat Craze Hits Georgia

By Taste Georgia

  Living dangerously. Iago opens his first sparkling wine Natural wine aficionados will no doubt be familiar with the term “Pét Nat” which is short for Pétillant Natural, a style of sparkling wine otherwise known as Methode Ancestrale, a traditional style of sparkling wine production that dates back centuries, a... Read more

Rare Georgian Wines at the 2015 New Wine Festival in Tbilisi

By Taste Georgia

“Other Varieties” I attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Tbilisi New Wine Festival on the 8th of May as a guest of the Georgian Wine Club. The stunning views over the city from the hosting Funicular Restaurant were certainly magnificent, a perfect choice to open this now annual event. This year's theme was “Other Varieties” and included a tasting led by Malkhaz Kharbedia of the Georgian Wine Club. Read more

Gaanatlos Ruben Tkeshelashvili!

By Taste Georgia

Ruben TkeshelashviliSome knew him as "The General," others, simply as Ruben.  He was a qvevri wine maker in Racha, a mountainous region in the Republic of Georgia known for a semi-sweet red wine called Khvanchara. Local legend says that Stalin was a fan of his wine. We were visiting Iago's Winery last weekend... Read more

Impossible Valais with José Vouillamoz

By Taste Georgia

Have you ever been to an event, where you had no idea why you were there, or why you were invited? One where you look around at the people and the atmosphere, and you think to yourself, “I am out of my league here.” This happened to me a few weeks ago. It was one of the most unique and riveting tastings of my wine career, with people I liked and admired, that was led and organized by one of the world's leading ampelologists and wine sleuths; the highly celebrated co-author of Wine Grapes, José Vouillamoz. He called it Impossible... Read more

Orange Wine for Beginners

By Taste Georgia

Realizing that I am used to orange wine at this point, I take it for granted that many wine consumers are not and this may make approaching them intimidating. Two weeks ago,  I asked Antiqua Tours intern Anna to write a short post to introduce these spectacular wines to the general public.  She did a great job! The sublime orange wine from the Alaverdi Monastery in Kakheti, Republic of Georgia When I was first... Read more

Taste Georgia at DWCC

By Taste Georgia

The Digital Wine Communications Conference is an annual conference that will take place in Montreux, Switzerland this year.  This will be the third conference I will be attending and the second I will be participating as a panel member.  On October 31st, I will be representing Georgian wine and Taste Georgia while pouring wine made in qvevri at the Disrupt Wine Talks reception between 18:00 and 19:30. I will also be a panel member for a session called " Read more

Churchkhela, Puri and Mzhave Niori at the Tbilisi Market

By Taste Georgia

Tbilisi Food Market I'll admit that the primary reason I decided to join the International Wine Tourism Conference in Tbilisi,Georgia was for the location. For a few years now, I had been wanting to discover for myself the rich wine and culinary culture of Georgia. I narrowly missed the DWCC post-conference trip from Izmir in 2012, and had had tentative plans to visit in 2013, but life got in the way and it just never happened. In the interim, I studied the food and wine of Georgia and planned itineraries in my head.... Read more