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The Republic of Georgia report for 2019

by  |  07-10-2019

There are few countries such as Georgia which are both widely-covered in media, yet still remain incredibly misunderstood. Whether it’s the incorrect attribution to a Ray Charles song in order to be “cutesy” or the... more » There are few countries such as Georgia which are both widely-covered in... more »

Searching for sparkling in Georgia

by  |  25-06-2019

In keeping up with the wines of Georgia, this week I’m in Tbilisi, tasting the current vintage. Things are definitively in motion here as while the recent protests have tapered off, a Russian ban on... more » In keeping up with the wines of Georgia, this week I’m in... more »

Qvevri, or perhaps kvevri? Do-Re-Mi – Ojaleshi 2016

by  |  24-05-2019

There exists two spellings of name for the ancient Georgian clay pot used to aged their wines in the traditional manner: Kvevri and Qvevri. The first is the correct spelling and the second is an... more » There exists two spellings of name for the ancient Georgian clay pot... more »

Khikhvi: impossible to say, impossible not to love

by  |  15-03-2019

When in Georgia researching the book, there were a handful of words I learned immediately: “hello” (gamarjoba), “yes” (ki/kho), “no” (ara), and “thank you” (madloba). “Cheers” (gaumarjos) arrived quickly out of necessity but it was... more » When in Georgia researching the book, there were a handful of words... more »

Taste the unknown: Lukasi – Usakhelauri 2015

by  |  09-02-2019

The most typical roadblock encountered when it comes to Georgian wines is that the language is simply not easy which means that the local grape names aren’t easy. This is definitely not a new or... more » The most typical roadblock encountered when it comes to Georgian wines is... more »
View made possible by the GRA

Last chance to submit to the Geoffrey Roberts Award 2018

by  |  10-09-2018

For those who may not know of it, the Geoffrey Roberts Award is one that takes on the form of a bursary granted to those who show “…a genuine commitment to New World wines or... more » For those who may not know of it, the Geoffrey Roberts Award... more »
From such holes gold, or even platinum emerges...

Georgian wine evolution: Kvevri gold at Decanter Awards

by  |  04-07-2018

Given my living location and writing focus I’m viewed as a “Spain person” for the Decanter Awards. This is great and I’m very happy to judge these wines but I made a mention to the... more » Given my living location and writing focus I’m viewed as a “Spain... more »

A book review of “Supra – A feast of Georgian cooking”

by  |  16-12-2017

In my house, the recipes that reign supreme are those of Ottolenghi. They're insanely intimidating at first given the ingredient list, but they're not actually that hard to make. Once you've sourced the ingredients (Yotam... more » In my house, the recipes that reign supreme are those of Ottolenghi.... more »
Gremi Castle and well, sheep

A Georgian wine revival, how?

by  |  28-10-2017

For those immersed in the wine world, Georgian wines have been on fire for some time, so much so that most editors I work with don’t even want new articles about the country and its... more » For those immersed in the wine world, Georgian wines have been on... more »

Shavnabada Monastery – Saperavi 2007

by  |  27-09-2017

The Shavnabada Monastery is like many monasteries in Georgia: very, very old and with a killer view. They also happen to be the second monastery in Georgia to start releasing wines. The first of course... more » The Shavnabada Monastery is like many monasteries in Georgia: very, very old... more »