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

Georgia: Here Wine Lives

By Taste Georgia

I had the honor of visiting the Republic of Georgia for the International Wine Tourism Conference in Tbilisi last week. Very few places have impressed me as much or left me with so much desire to come back that I feel pain. Georgia is the cradle of wine.  Wine in Georgia is a tradition of place and of people. Through the ages and through invasions and oppression the people persevered through wine.  The vine (there are over 500 indigenous grape types) is the symbol of both country and people and grape motifs are everywhere. What makes Georgia so... Read more