Daily Wine News: Georgian Culture

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-16-2022

Kvevri in Georgia. (Wikimedia)

In Wine Enthusiast, Emily Saladino explores how integral wine is to Georgian culture. “In Georgia, wine is both an economic asset and source of identity and national pride. You’ll find it everywhere: in designer glassware or homespun pitchers at formal affairs and casual gatherings; amid the grapevine carvings decorating the 4th-century tomb of Georgia’s Saint Nino; and used to make churchkhela, a beloved walnut candy, or chacha, the bracing liquor raised in toasts at convivial feasts called supras.”

Many famous wine regions mark the River Loire, but four inland appellations championing the Gamay grape have fallen under the radar. In Club Oenologique, Leona de Pasquale explains why they’re now coming together to form the ‘Loire Volcanique’, a collective ready to erupt on the world wine stage.

Eric Asimov pens an obituary for Josh Jensen in the New York Times. “Calera pinot noirs were considered among America’s best through the 1990s and into the 2000s. Mr. Jensen’s license plate read “Mr Pinot,” as he had been nicknamed in Burgundy, where he was considered an honorary Burgundian. He often returned there to bicycle with his friends.”

Like the “’Tini” before it, the “spritz” moniker is being co-opted and applied to everything from hard seltzers to Margaritas. Amanda Arnold delves into the trend in PUNCH.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray looks at the surprising wine tourism boom in Santa Barbara County.

In SevenFifty Daily, Tyler Wetherall reports on Grain de Sail, the first commercial exporter of wine by sail freight.

Airbnb now has a vineyard category, reports Mike Pomranz in Food & Wine.

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