Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Iago's Chinuri called "the apogee" in Top Hipster Wines list

24.02.2016 (Hvino News). In a recent post Hvino News has wrote about the presence of Georgian wine Iago's Chinuri in the wine list of the prestigious Ritz Hotel in London (read here). We have also found the same wine in the list of "Top 10 Hipster Wines".

In his half-serious article - however published in a professional resource The Drinks Business - Darren Smith describes the hipster wine as follows:
"Admittedly, no one knows the precise meaning of the term ‘hipster’, other than it having something to do with a certain homogeneity of appearance, habit and opinion rendered ironic by their conscious striving to express their individuality. Hipster wines are a similarly loose concept. Some are hipster, according to the impenetrable logic of ‘cool’, just because they are. They will, however, tend have the following characteristics in common:

  • Low or no sulphur
  • Funky aromas (volatile acidity, acetic acid, horse’s fundament)
  • Grape varieties only 12 people have heard of
  • Ageing in ancient, excavated pottery
  • 150-year-old bush vines grown on live volcanoes
  • Vineyards farmed by donkeys
  • Occult worship
  • Rock star manqué winemakers who wear tinted sunglasses"
The author of article "Top 10 Hipster Wines at the Ritz" calls  Iago Bitarishvili's Chinuri as "the apogee of the hipster wine drinking experience":
"An extended skin contact wine made according to an unbroken 8,000-year-old winemaking tradition in the very cradle of wine, Georgia. Cloudy, bizarre-smelling (by conventional standards) and unlike anything The Ritz wine list has ever seen before".
Iago's Chinuri was recently placed by American Vogue magazine at the top of Vogue's list of orange wines - read more here.

Iago's is a boutique winery founded in 2003 by Iago Bitarishvili. Iago organically farms two hectares of vines which yield roughly only 2,500 bottles per year. All the wine is fermented and aged in qvevri using chinuri, a variety indigenous to the Kartli region in central Georgia. Locate Iago's winery on Hvino's Georgian wine map:  Map 

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