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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 »

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 »
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 »
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 »

The kvevri: of clay & wine

by  |  05-08-2017

June marked the release of the new Georgian wine book and meant a trip over to Georgia for a presentation at their annual wine fair in Tbilisi. It also meant that we’d be able to... more » June marked the release of the new Georgian wine book and meant... more »
Doesn't look terribly orange no?

Amber versus Orange wine

by  |  19-06-2017

This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red wines in Georgia–whether aged in kvevri, barrel, tank, or what have you–are indeed some take on the color we all know as “red”... more » This is an expanded excerpt from the new Georgian wine book Red... more »

Traditional kvevri opening

by  |  21-10-2016

While traversing across all of Georgia for a new wine book, I saw many things and then, when I arrived to the “Ancestral Wine Cellar” in Kakheti, I saw a few more. The Sagvareulo family... more » While traversing across all of Georgia for a new wine book, I... more »

Knowing the Georgian wine scene

by  |  18-10-2016

Despite being in the top 25 producers in the world according to OIV statistics, with around 100 million liters of production a year, Georgia is not one of the world’s largest winemaking countries. What makes... more » Despite being in the top 25 producers in the world according to... more »

The Georgian kvevri winemaking process

by  |  26-08-2016

As I’m currently in Georgia for a research trip (order the book), I thought it might be a good moment to discuss production of wine using the ancient kvevri method. For most people, just even... more » As I’m currently in Georgia for a research trip (order the book),... more »

What makes Sakartvelo (Georgian) wines so difficult

by  |  16-06-2016

Before heading on trip to Georgia (country, not US state…) I started to read up more on the various regions and wines to have a better idea of what I was heading in to. Of... more » Before heading on trip to Georgia (country, not US state…) I started... more »