A Rose by any other name is Rkatsiteli?

By Taste Georgia



In the first week of May 2017, I joined a group of wine and travel writers, social media influencers and sommeliers and traveled around Georgia for five days on a Familiarisation trip organised in part by the National Georgian Wine Agency, National Georgian Tourism Agency and Taste Georgia. It was a trip organised around the 2017 edition of the New Wine Festival. I enjoy wine festivals and fairs because there are a large amount of producers in one place which gives wine... Read more

Georgia for wine lovers

By Taste Georgia

 When we think of historical, old world wine regions, we imagine the rolling hills of Tuscany, riding a bike along the Loire, Chateaus in Bordeaux or glamorous high end design wineries in La Rioja. While the Mediterranean basin and some of Europe claim a few thousand years of wine history, we have to look further east, to Transcaucasia, the cradle of wine. The... Read more

An Orange Wine for Orange Wine Lovers

By Taste Georgia

Do Re Mi may seem like an odd name for a wine company, but I can assure you they are not making absurd wines. This wine company was founded in 2013 by three friends who had a goal in mind. They wanted to create lovely, organic wines using  Georgian qvevri. The Marani is located outside of Tbilisi, on the road to Kakheti, but they source grapes from... Read more

The Classic Rkatsiteli

By Taste Georgia

2013 Orange wine Orgo is a small artisan winery which is located in the east Georgian wine region of Kakheti. It is a family project made up of famed winemaker Giorgi Dakishvili (of Schuchmann and Teliani Valley) with his son Temur. The line of wines are made from old vines with at least fifty years of age, and in the cellar, they adhere to Georgian... Read more

Wine Wednesday: Be Wild, Be Otskhanuri Sapere 

By Taste Georgia

Otskhanuri Sapere might always remain a bit on the obscure side simply because it very name is difficult to pronounce for anglophones. In fact, perhaps I need to start a series on Georgian wine grape pronunciation.  Otskhanuri Sapere is a red wine grape from the west Georgian region of Imereti. According to grape experts, it is a transitional variety, a hybrid if... Read more

Wine Wednesday: Gurian flavor, Imereti style

By Taste Georgia

 Chkhaveri is autochthonous to Imereti's neighbor, Guria, but Gaioz Sopromadze is one of the first winemakers in Georgia to bottle this versatile and delicious grape variety. He has been bottling wine since 2009 but he comes from a long line of family winemakers.   Gaioz Sopromadze's 2012 Chkhaveri  Chkhaveri isn't the easiest grape name to... Read more