Friday, November 27, 2015

"Al Jazeera": Wine, Georgia's most popular export, thrives in embargo

by Mansur Mirovalev

27.11.2015. Temori Saalishvili lifts a lid from a round ceramic vat in the concrete floor of his basement. With a wooden pitchfork, he stirs a bubbling, pungent, amber-coloured liquid filled with grape skins, stems and seeds.

After several more days of fermentation, the liquid will turn into young, full-bodied "orange" wine with strong tannins and fruity overtones.

The wine seems to have absorbed the flavours of the landscape around it: walnut and persimmon trees skirting stone houses, a patchwork of sun-kissed fields and lush meadows watered by the snow-covered Greater Caucasus Mountains, and garlands of dry saffron flowers hanging in Saalishvili's kitchen.

Most European wines are made by fermenting grape juice after it has been separated from the grape skins. But traditional Georgian wine, or hvino, is skin-fermented without yeast and chemicals, mostly in containers similar to the one below Saalishvili's basement floor. It is called kvevri - an earthenware vat more than two metres tall that was installed by Saalishvili's grandfather half a century ago and is now a subterranean pillar of the world's oldest viticulture.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CNN: Is Georgia the world’s cradle of wine? [With video]

25.11.2015. (Hvino News). Sumnima Udas, CNN International's Delhi-based correspondent, presented the new CNN video following the Silk Road route.

"Visit Kakheti, Georgia's lush wine-producing region and find out why many believe the country is the world's cradle of wine”, -reports the new CNN video devoted to Georgia's Tbilisi and Kakheti.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Free Georgian wine tastings in USA

22.11.2015. (Hvino News). Several free Georgian wine tastings will be held in USA (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) in November-December. Here are locations and dates:


November 22  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Whole Foods Market – Georgetown, 2323 Wisconsin Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20007 Map  
Georgian Wines will include: Teliani Valley's Tsolikouri, Tvishi, Saperavi, Mukuzani, Kindzmarauli.

November 24  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Whole Foods Market – Georgetown, 2323 Wisconsin Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20007 Map  
Georgian Wines will include: Teliani Valley's Tsolikouri, Tvishi, Saperavi, Mukuzani, Kindzmarauli.


December 4  3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Total Wine & More Laurel (Corridor), 3321 Corridor Marketplace
Laurel, MD 20724
We will be tasting the following wines: Teliani Valley's Tsolikouri, Tvishi, Saperavi, Mukuzani, Kindzmarauli, Schuchmann Pirosmani, Schuchmann Mukuzani.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Taste Georgian wine this Thanksgiving in US

22.11.2015. If you are a wine enthusiast currently in the United States, you have a chance to taste Georgian wine for free.

Thanksgiving Georgian wine tastings will take place at four different locations in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia this week.

Free wine tasting will include Teliani Valley's Tsinandali, Tvishi, Saperavi, Kindzmarauli.

"Thanksgiving is approaching and we have excellent Georgian wines that in our opinion pair particularly well with the spirit of Thankgiving and the accompanying dinner table,” said event organisers.

"They represent the best of Georgian grape varietals and the millennia-old Georgian wine culture.”

At Whole Foods Market located in Georgetown Map   the Georgian wine tasting will be held on November 22th at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm; on November 24th - at 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

For full schedule of Georgian wine tastings in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in November - December click here.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Belfast Telegraph": Friends bring taste of Georgian wine to Northern Ireland's top restaurants

by John Mulgrew

17.11.2015. Two young Co Down [County Down is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland - HN] friends are bringing the tastes and smells of the Georgian wine industry to some of Northern Ireland's top restaurants.

Adam McCullough and Simon Bryans, both 22, from Holywood, are now selling some of the Baltic [J yes, that's the way the original Irish newspaper reads - HN] state's top red and white tipples on to top tables, including the now Michelin-starred Deanes Eipic restaurant in Belfast.

The pair have combined both their love of wine, and a gap in the market, to introduce Northern Ireland and the Republic to something entirely new, with their business Harland Wines.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Georgian wine from Teleda winery wins gold in China

16.11.2015 (Hvino News). On November 15-17  China's Guangzhou is hosting the 15th International Wine and Spirits Exhibition - Interwine Guangzhou 2015. 9 Georgian wine companies are taking part: Besini, Askaneli Brothers, Bagrationi 1882, Teliani Valley, Dugladze, Kakhuri Wine Cellar, Khareba, Telavi Wine Cellar, Batono.

Wine contest  Interwine Guangzhou 2015 was held in the framework of the exhibition, at which Georgian wine company by Teleda won the gold award. The winning wine is Teleda Amber Dry 2011. Total 183 wines from 23 countries were submitted to the wine contest.

China(Guangzhou) International Wine & Spirits Exhibition (Interwine) was founded in 2005 and located in Guangzhou, South China. As an international exhibition, Interwine has established close business relationships with wineries from 72 countries. The exhibition facts show that after 10 years development,  Interwine has collected more than 2000 exhibitors and 50000 visitors and covered 50000 square meter exhibiting area totally.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Georgia's wine and tourism agencies briefed journalists on first UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism

13.11.2015 (Hvino News) Yesterday in Tbilisi the the heads of the National Tourism Administration and National Wine Agency - Giorgi Chogovadze and Giorgi Samanishvili - held a joint press conference regarding the first Global Conference on Wine Tourism, planned for 2016 in Georgia.

The wine conference will be held under the auspices of United Nations's World Tourism Organization - UNWTO.

As announced last moth at UNWTO event in London, the first UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism will be held in Georgia’s Kakheti wine region on September 7-9, 2016 (read more here). The activity is part of the UNWTO Gastronomy Network plan of action.

The representatives of Georgia's wine and tourism agencies briefed the journalists at Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel on the conference project details, and answered the questions.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Georgian wines: an interesting pawn in U.S. geopolitics

11.11.2015 (Hvino News). American wine writer W. Blake Gray covered Georgian wines in his blog's recent post entitled "Georgian wines: an interesting pawn in U.S. geopolitics". The article was based on a Georgian wine tasting conducted recently by Lisa Granik in San Francisco, in the framework of Georgian Wine Month in USA.

The post starts with somewhat ironical mention of the American governmental assistance to Georgian winemaking industry: "Quick quiz: can you name the country whose wines get financial support from the U.S. State Department? If you said the United States of America, nice try. The U.S. government's idea of supporting its own country's wine is to keep the beer & wine distributors who heavily contribute to political campaigns happy. It's not like the European Union, where wine producers get all sorts of government  support. No, the answer is a country that is in Europe, but not in the E.U., and therefore not able to balance its budget with money from Germany. It's Georgia: "the country, not the state," as you have to tell everyone whenever you talk about Georgian wine."

The author further makes assessment of Georgian wine production, pointing out that "Georgia produces 15 million cases a year, which sounds like a lot from a country of 4.5 million people, but it's only about as much as Barefoot Cellars, and it's only about 60% of what it produced in the Soviet era".

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Georgian wines by Kakhuri Gvinis Marani win awards at Hong Kong fair

10.11.2015 (Hvino News). The 8th HKTDC Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, one of the largest fairs of its kind in Asia, was opened on November 5-7 with more than 1,000 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions.

Georgian Saperavi 2011 wine from Kakhuri Gvinis Marani (Kakhetian Wine Cellar) has won two top awards:  Grand Prix in the nomination of Best Regional Wine in Eastern Europe, and the Gold Medal. The Bronze Medal was given to Mukuzani 2011 by the same company.

Other Georgian companies represented at HKTDC include Tbilvino, Winery Khareba, Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking, Badagoni, Georgian Wine House, and Georgian Wines & Spirits Company.

According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili, to promote Georgian wine on the international market it is essential to take part and win in such high-class international exhibitions.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Historical wine cellar was opened by Prime Minister Garibashvili in Saguramo

09.11.2015 (Hvino News). On November 8, the opening ceremony of the renovated and restored historical marani (wine cellar) of Tadeos Guramishvili took place in village Saguramo, in presence of prime minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, ex-prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, and the members of the Georgian government.

The historical wine cellar is situated on territory of Ilia Chavchavadze Museum. The officials were attending the Museum on the occasion of Ilia Chavchavadze's anniversary (Prince Ilia Chavchavadze was prominent 19-th century Georgian politician and poet).

The marani project in the village Saguramo, Mtskheta region  Map  , was implemented by wine-producing company Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking. This is a historical monument of the XVIII century, preserving unique Georgian wine-making equipment.

Tourists will be able to visit the historical cellar of Tadeos Guramishvili, and to get acquainted with Georgian culture and taste Georgian wine.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Jakeli's Saperavi wins Grand Prix in Poland

08.11.2015 (Hvino News). Polish specialized magazine Wino has awarded Georgian wine with prize at Wino's Grand Prix awards (Nagrody Grand Prix Magazynu Wino 2015). 

The winner of a bronze Grand Prix in category "Best red wines" is Jakeli's Khashmi Saperavi Organic 2011.This Georgian wine is imported to Poland by Krako Slow Wines.

Wino is a bi-monthly magazine established in 2002, currently the largest independent wine periodical in Poland.

Jakeli's family vineyard (5.5 ha)  Map  was started in 2001 near the village Khashmi in the Iori valley, Kakheti, at the foothill of the Tsivgombori  mountain range. The vineyard is at 760 meters above sea level. It is managed organically, never irrigated and sprayed maximum 5 times in May-July. No oak barrels are used, and no filtering. Jakeli winery became member of the Biological Farming Association ELKANA in 2004. Since 2009, their production is certified organic according to standard Green Caucasus.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Georgia's modest achievement at ENOEXPO wine contest in Poland

07.11.2015 (Hvino News). On November 4-6 in Krakow, Poland, 11 Georgian wine companies participated in the international wine fair ENOEXPO 2015: Telavi Wine Cellar, Teliani Valley, Vaziani, Khareba Winery, Askaneli Brothers, Corporation Kindzmarauli, Kakhuri, Besini, Twins Wine Cellar, Chateau Telavi, Tibaneli.

Within the fair a 7th ENOEXPO 2015 Winemaking Competition was held. According to recently announced results, just one Georgian wine is among winners: a silver medal was awarded to Amiran Vepkhvadze's Krakhuna 2013.

In 2014, Georgia won 9 medals at ENOEXPO, including 4 gold medals (see details here). In 2013, Georgia was awarded with 6 medals, including 2 gold (see details here). So, compared to previous years, Georgia's achievements show a sharp decrease.

Poland is an important export market for Georgian wine, according to National Wine Agency. Latest figures showed Georgia exported 1.26 million bottles of wine to Poland during the first 10 months of 2015, a 2% increase from the same period of last year.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Georgia exports more than 28 million bottles of wine, earns $77.2m

06.11.2015. Georgia has exported 28,101,431 bottles of wine to 42 countries in the first 10 months of 2015, generating $77.2 million USD.

In recent months Georgian wine was gaining popularity and making an impression in strategically important markets such as China, the European Union (EU) and United States (US), said local wine experts.

The Georgian National Wine Agency reported China was one of the most strategically important markets for Georgia, where wine exports had increased by 87 percent. Between January-October 2015 Georgia exported more than 1.8 million bottles of wine to China.

The taste of Georgian wine was also being enjoyed all over the EU:
  • Poland – 1,260,870 bottles (two percent increase);
  • Latvia – 924,792 bottles (three percent increase);
  • Estonia – 389,274 bottles (35 percent increase);
  • Germany – 211,236 bottles (14 percent increase);
  • The Netherlands – 47,232 bottles (88 percent increase); 
  • France – 29,100 bottles (104 percent increase).
Other strategically important markets were:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Georgia to host UNWTO’s 1st Global Conference on Wine Tourism in 2016

05.11.2015 (Hvino News) Wine tourism is set to really take off next year after it was announced that the first UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism will be held in Georgia’s Kakheti wine region from Sept. 7-9, 2016.

The 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism was officially launched by UNWTO and the Georgian National Tourism Administration on the occasion of the World Travel Market in London. The activity is part of the UNWTO Gastronomy Network plan of action.

The UNWTO and the Georgian National Tourism Administration made the announcement at World Travel Market session. As explained by UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, who led the presentation with the head of Georgian National Tourism Administration, George Chogovadze, and the Georgian Ambassador to Spain, Zurab Pololikashvili, “Wine tourism represents a growing segment with immense opportunities to diversify demand. In the case of Georgia, this potential is well known as we are very pleased to be holding the first UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in the country.”

Friday, October 30, 2015

Georgia's leading business association published article on Usakhelouri wine contributed by Hvino.com

30.10.2015 (Hvino News). The latest issue of ICCommerce features the article about Georgian wine Usakhelouri, which was contributed by Hvino.com.

The article, entitled Say “Oosa-Hello-Oory”: Georgia’s most precious wine on its way to global recognition, traces the intriguing story of one of Georgia's rarest and most expensive wines - since the Stalin's epoch, when it was exclusively produced for the government in Kremlin, till its re-birth nowadays thanks to the enthusiasts' efforts. The article includes comments by Giorgi Samanishvili, director of National Wine Agency.

The full text of article in English on Usakhelouri wine is reposted by Hvino News here. The Georgian translation can be found here.

The original magazine article in both languages as PDF file can be downloaded here. The full ICCommerce Edition V can be downloaded here, as PDF file.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Say “Oosa-Hello-Oory”: Georgia’s most precious wine on its way to global recognition

(Here is the Georgian version / ქართულად)
(Here is the Russian version / НА РУССКОМ ЯЗЫКЕ)

by Alexander Kaffka

The officers of Stalin’s secret police actually counted the amount of Usakhelouri wine produced, and made sure the peasants did not retain a drop of precious product for personal use.  It’s small wonder that almost nobody knew about this rare wine, and even fewer had ever tasted it.

Above all the fuss

29.10.2015. While visiting a supermarket in Tbilisi, a business traveler or a tourist can rarely miss the wine department. Usually, it is the liveliest spot of every shopping center, with some action taking place all the time. Surrounded by other departments’ lonely and ordinary-looking shelves, the wine place is the one, which is inhabited - by promoters. They are usually charming girls in colorful national costumes, who welcome you and offer free wine tasting. Yes, they are promoting their products but they are acting in such a delicate and friendly way, that you feel they just want to make your life better. The lucky traveler is offered a pretty amazing choice of wines to try, which are generously poured into full-size glasses (not microscopic plastic thimbles used for promotions elsewhere in the world). Easily and without any pressure, after one or two sips, you realize you are in a country where wine indeed plays a very special role.

After several visits paid to such wine departments, a typical foreigner may become perfectly aware of various brands of Kindzmarauli, Rkatsiteli, Mtsvane and dozens of other hard-to-pronounce but delicious Georgian wines – without spending a dime. But there is one wine, which is never offered for free, and for a good reason. It’s the Usakhelouri (here is how to pronounce: Oosa-hello-oory), dark red semisweet wine made of one of the most rare of Georgia’s whopping 400 grape varieties. Usakhelouri wines are expensive, hard-to-find in Georgia and almost completely unavailable abroad. Because of its rarity and high price, this wine is little known even among Georgians themselves. Usually bottled in elegant, slender non-standard glassware, Usakhelauri stands in solemn solitude on a remote shelf of the wine department, far above all the fuss of daily promotions, fenced by its price tag from the casual shopper, waiting for the right connoisseur.

I find it rather pointless to describe the taste of wine in writing. If you are lucky to be reading this in Georgia, you may invest in a bottle of Usakhelouri and taste it yourself in a company of friends (Yes, the price is rather high for a Georgian wine but still is comparable to the cost of a good dinner in a restaurant, so it is not unaffordable.) If you are outside of the country, but still are familiar of Georgian wines, just remember the best Khvanchkara you have tried - not too sweet one – and imagine something much more fresh, rich and elegant. If you like this idea, maybe you’ve just got another serious reason for paying a visit to Georgia.

Monday, October 26, 2015

An introduction to Georgian wine in Washington, D.C.

by Jenny Holm

26.10.2015. Rkatsiteli, kisi, saperavi, ojaleshi. You might not have heard of them, but they’re already listed on some of the trendiest wine lists in town, from Compass Rose to Red Hen. They’re Georgian wines and they’re worth seeking out.

Georgia may well be the birthplace of wine. Evidence shows that people living near the Caucasus Mountains have been fermenting grapes into wine for approximately 8,000 years, longer than anywhere else on the planet. Families all over Georgia maintain their own small vineyards and make wine at home, downing hundreds of liters a year at feasts celebrating everything from births and weddings to birthdays and appliance purchases.

With its mild climate and long history of viticulture, Georgia (along with Moldova) once produced most of the wine consumed in the Soviet Union. Mass production collapsed along with the USSR, but out of its ashes rose a new generation of winemakers using traditional methods to create high-quality wines for a niche market. They’re unusual, fun to say, and good to drink. Here’s what you need to know:

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hong Kong's lifestyle magazine covers Georgian white wines

25.10.2015 (Hvino News). Post Magazine, a popular Hong Kong's lifestyle magazine published by South China Morning Post, has published an article on Georgian wines. The article by Sarah Wong is entitled "Three wines from Georgia, a country with an 8,000-year wine history".

She writes: "Search for Georgia online and you'll find far more references to the American state than to the country. Many oenophiles aren't even aware that wine is made in Georgia (the country, not the state) but, for experts, it's an exciting region that is well worth exploring."

The author quoted Eko Glonti, of the Lagvinari winery  Map , saying "Georgians do not make wine. They give birth to the wine. A wine is like a person. It is born, lives and dies."

Article in Post Magazine focuses on Georgia's white varieties rkatsiteli and kisi, noting that "White wines made using qvevri undergo an entire change in character. Their colour deepens to a golden hue, which is why they are known as amber wines. On the nose, they may have honey, apricot and dried orange peel notes. Their palate is surprisingly powerful and full - these are wines that benefit from time and conversation. Firm tannins make them ideal food wines that will pair well with white meat."

Saturday, October 24, 2015

How to find Georgian wine in America: "Hvino Map" goes international

24.10.2015 (Hvino News). Three weeks ago, on Georgian Wine Day, Hvino kickstarted Hvino Map - our interactive Georgian wine mapping project. Thanks to weekly updates,  Hvino Map has already doubled the number of objects it displays. Many thanks go to our readers for submitting information and adding value to the map in real time!

Hvino Map was conceived to cover primarily the territory of Georgia. But today the map is going international. The latest update, uploaded today, includes the first portion of objects located outside of the Georgian borders. They are shops and bars in the USA, which carry Georgian wines. The first selection of Georgian wine places covers over 30 locations across the New York state; other U.S. states are to follow, with the next map's updates.

View the updated map at this link. By default, Hvino Map displays objects in Georgia, of course. The picture shows how to display objects in USA: Mover cursor to "Shops in USA" Layer, and click on the magnifying glass symbol.

Mapping Georgian wine locations outside Georgia is important, because Georgian wine is gaining popularity in many countries, including the USA, and more people need to know where they can buy it.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A visit to Doctor Marani

22.10.2015 (Hvino News). In most countries, the set of most respected and prestigious professions is pretty much similar. Commonly, it includes doctors, lawyers, bankers. Georgia stands out of the usual pattern. Winemaker in Georgia seems to be much more prestigious profession than anywhere else on Earth.  I know several lawyers and at least two doctors who became prominent winemakers in Georgia. And there are also several professional engineers, artists and at least one sculptor, who gladly traded their hardly-earned professions for wine-making.

When I came to visit Telavi Wine Cellar, one of Georgia’s largest wine producers (under "Marani" brand), I had the feeling I was in a private Swiss medical clinic. Combination of beautiful mountain views, fresh air, and shining steel equipment helped to produce this first impression. In course of  conversation with Zurab Ramazashvili – the company’s head – he told me he is an experienced otolaryngologist (a doctor specializing in ear, nose, throat disorders). That’s when I started to see his business from a different viewpoint.

Founded in 1915, Telavi Wine Cellar is located just outside the city of Telavi  Map . Its elegantly restored historical building with a private rose garden and a small fountain is surrounded by vineyards, which seem endless. In fact, company’s vineyards occupy about 450 hectares in Kakheti, Georgia’s main winemaking region. Inside the office building, a wall at the meeting room is dedicated to awards won by the company, including the most renowned Decanter and Mundus Vini diplomas.

Ramaz Nikoladze's Tsolikouri chosen for Decanter’s 40th anniversary celebrations

22.10.2015 (Hvino News). To celebrate 40 years of Decanter, the famous British wine magazine asked its experts and contributors to chose their favorite wine of 2015. According to official website, the prestigious list includes a wine from Georgia: Tsolikouri Nakhshirgele 2013 from Imereti, produced by Nikoladzeebis Marani.

The Decanter's contributor who recommended this Georgian wine is Carla Capalbo, an award-winning American food and wine  writer/photographer based in Italy and London, who visited Georgia last month. She writes:
"I love wines that make you question the status quo. This beautiful, amber-coloured white is made – as many of Georgia’s best wines are – in qvevri (large traditional clay vessels buried in the ground). Ramaz Nikoladze produces it from 100-year-old Tsolikouri vines in the Imereti hills of central Georgia, with three months of stem-free skin contact. The wine’s exotic notes of spice, apricots and tea ride with exciting energy to a finely tannic, elegant finale and go just wonderfully with foo. Drink 2015-2017."
Ramaz Nikoladze's Tsolikouri and other chosen wines will become a part of Decanter’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Washington’s Georgian wine tasting: What you missed

by Kathy Sullivan

21.10.2015. On October 19th was the final Georgian wine tasting, ending in Washington [read more: United States marks October as Georgian wine month - HN] . About 60 wine enthusiasts attended the tasting and everyone appeared to have an enjoyable wine tasting with tasty appetizers. The day was chilly but sunny in the District of Columbia, as we found our way to Vidalia Restaurant close to Dupont Circle. It did not take long to walk several blocks. We walked past the White House as our house guest, Tamta from the National Wine Agency, wanted to see the White House since this was her first visit to Washington.

After several more blocks we arrived at Vidalia Restaurant. The facility is located on the lower level and is divided into several rooms. The rooms are decorated with a comfortable but sophisticated atmosphere.

The first part of the wine tasting was a seminar led by Lisa Granik MW, a Georgian wine enthusiast. Lisa described the Georgian wine industry and touched on its history and how grapevines were used to help spread Christianity across the land. Her presentation included mention of qvevris and terroir. She said, “Wine is so much a part of Georgian life.” Another comment was “Vines grow like ivy.” Lisa followed this up by guiding us through a tasting of several Georgian wines.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Possibly the best QPR wines in the world today?

18.10.2015. Today, I want to talk about wine and value. “Value” has an interesting meaning in the world of wine – may be as subjective as the concept of a “good wine” itself. To me, the value is not an absolute amount of money one paid for the bottle of wine – if you paid $3, but poured the bottle down the drain after half-finished first sip because it tasted terribly – was that still a “value”? Or was that a pure waste of money? By the same token, if the $20 bottle of wine gave you lots of pleasure in every tiniest drop (including the one you licked of the table), would that be a “good value”? Talking about the “value” of the wine, I prefer to use a proverbial term QPR, so happily adapted by the wine lovers – a Quality Price Ratio (this is what QPR stands for) conveys the “value” concept of wine a lot better than the sheer price itself.

“Knowing what I know now”, the region which I think consistently delivers the best QPR at the moment (!) is Georgia – not the state down south in the US, of course, but an independent country. I always loved Georgian wines, but what prompted this broad statement about QPR was a recent Georgian wine tasting I attended a week ago at Chelsea Market in New York. Wine after wine was delicious, and priced under $20 – that is a QPR I’m definitely happy about.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tbilisoba-2015: Biggest of all festival celebrations of Georgia begins

17.10.2015. The streets of Old Tbilisi are alive this weekend for a two-day event celebrating one of the country’s most colorful and spectacular festivals – Tbilisoba, the celebration of the diversity and history of Georgia's capital city.

One of the most enjoyable events of the festival will be Wine Parade, and exhibition/sale of traditional Georgian wine, followed by Tea and Honey Festival later today.Visitors will also have an opportunity to taste different dishes from international cuisines at the Culinary Festival at the Rike Park.

Tbilisi City Fest is an annual celebration, which is favored not only by citizens of Tbilisi and Georgia, but also is frequently visited by international guests and tourists, who specially plan their trip on those dates.

Below is an agenda of some of the most interesting activities that will take place in Tbilisi today and tomorrow, which locals and guests were advised not to miss.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Minister of Agriculture: We hope millions of bottles of Georgian wine will be exported to China

15.10.2015. We hope tens of millions of Georgian wine bottles will be exported to China very soon, - Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia has told reporters at the Radisson hotel where a conference on  China-Georgia economic ties and trade is underway.

According to the minister, tens of reporters were in Georgia to promote Georgian wine in People’s Republic of China.

“We had many visitors. Several of them are still here including tens of reporters working to popularize Georgian wine in People’s Republic of China. About a billion and a half people saw videos about Georgian wine. The latter is becoming more and more popular. We hope tens of millions of Georgian wine bottles will be exported to China very soon,” Otar Danelia remarked.


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