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The Land of 8,000 Vintages

  The most remarkable wine region that Kathy and I have visited is the country Georgia, south of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. In addition to modern winemaking, they have a traditional winemaking process that is the only winemaking process to be on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. That winemaking process involves making wine […]

Georgian National Wine Month

The country Georgia, about 6,500 airline miles from the east coast of the United States, will celebrate their wines and their 8,000 vintages this October. The country’s National Wine Agency is sponsoring events in the United States. Georgian wine tasting events will take place in: New York City October 6th San Francisco October 13th Washington […]

Twenty-year Old Saperavi Vines in the Finger Lakes

Our search for Georgian winemaking techniques and Georgian grape varieties continued during and after the Wine Bloggers Conference in Corning, New York.

Saperavi Finds a Home in Central Pennsylvania

Fero Vineyards and Winery in Lewisburg specialize in European grape varieties. One that has found a home is Saperavi, the most common black grape from the country Georgia. Chuck and Daneen Zaleski, owners, sourced Saperavi vines from the descendants of Dr. Konstantin Frank. Years prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Frank was a […]

In Search of Ancient Georgian Winemaking in America

The country Georgia has the longest, continuous winemaking tradition on the globe. They have 8,000 vintages. Yet, much about the viticulture and enology from this country is unknown by wine enthusiasts. There are those in the United States who are exceptions. We are constantly in search for native Georgian varietal grapes grown in the United […]

Ojaleshi the Rolls Royce of Georgian Black Grapes

Perhaps divine intervention or fate led to events that make me wonder. Kathy and I were visiting Dadiani Old Cellar in the Shmegrelo region of the country Georgia. Monks own the property, church, mansion and winery. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. We enjoyed a tour of the entire property and settled in the cellar of […]

Going into Teacher Mode

In late 2006, I retired from a 34-year career in education with my last several years as a lecturer at Towson University in Maryland. Kathy often tells me that I frequently go into teacher mode. It doesn’t take much for this to happen. While in a tasting room if I am swirling the wine in […]

Author Talk at Harvest Ridge Winery Pleasantly Surprises Authors

Kathy and I have been invited to wineries to sell our books for the past three years. We interact with the guests and may sell a book or two. Recently, we have conducted author talks with a multi-media presentation followed by a book signing. At our first small turnout author talk, although curious, we sold […]

Author Talk at Harvest Ridge Winery

Kathy and I will give an author talk about our third book, Georgia, Sakartvelo: The Birthplace of Wine on Saturday, February 28th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel, Delaware. At the recent Boston Wine Expo, people were surprised to learn where grapes were first cultivated and wine was first […]

Boston Wine Expo: Reaction to Qvevri Wine

The 2015 Boston Wine Expo was cut short due to yet another blizzard to plague Boston. On Saturday, I spent most of my time pouring wines and gently educating wine enthusiasts for Badagoni Winery in the country Georgia. I enjoyed working the inside of the table. Unfortunately, I never had the time to visit many […]

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