Popping down to the Caucasus in Spring 2019, and will be spending a couple of days exploring Georgian wine country. I'm no expert on Georgian wine, and my draft itinerary is based largely on the the more popular names available in the US (hello Pheasant's Tears). Does anyone have any first-hand recommendations for food and wine in the area?
Miquel Hudin, care to weigh in?
Stephen Satterfield wrote a great article in the Winter 2018 issue of Whetstone Magazine about Georgia after spending a few weeks there. Reach out to him. I'm certain he'll hook you up with some great peeps. @isawstephen on insta and Twitter
Well, I would recommend my book. It has everything I learned from my months of zigzagging across the country as well as my co-author's local knowledge of living there:
Forgot to mention there's a 15% discount for Guildsomm members on all the books in the shop. Enter "guildsomm15" at checkout for the goodness if it interests!
I'm going to take a look through the book and try reaching out to some of these winemakers - I might reach out to you directly too! (And thank you in advance!)
Will do - thanks Jeremy!
Hello, I was there in May and would definitely recommend visiting Bastien at Ori Marani, he's a young winemaker, originally from Champagne, with many ideas! Also, he's conveniently close to Tbilissi in Igoeti (1h30 minutes drive). Orgo in Kakheti and Giorgi Natenadze in the South also stand out in my opinion.
In Tbilisi, there are hundreds of wine bars but if you have the chance, I would recommend booking at Bina 37, it's an interesting hospitality concept and the rooftop qvevris are fun!
Late reply - but thank you! Finalising details :)