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

Wine Wednesday: French elegance, Made in Georgia

By Taste Georgia

I am starting to love wine Wednesday. It is an excuse for me to open up some bottles I have been saving (hoarding?), and the memories of the first time I drank the wine or met the winemaker flood my mind. Wine is like that.  This week, my Georgian wine is a 2015 Art Villa Garikula. A stunning sparkling wine made by a French ex-patriot living in Georgia. Vincent... Read more

Wine Wednesday: Purity in Chinuri

By Taste Georgia

Of all the wine producers in Georgia that I know and love, Beka Gotsadze of Gotsa Family Wines represents the future of Georgian natural wine. He makes multiple wines from different varieties, has low yielding vineyards at higher than average elevation, has Biodynamic certification, makes an ancestral sparkling wine AND is not afraid of a little Flor happily growing on... Read more