Daily Wine News: Georgian Wine Boom

Posted by | Posted in Wine Politics | Posted on 07-30-2019

Georgian kvevri. (Wikimedia)

Georgian kvevri. (Wikimedia)

In SevenFifty Daily, Lisa Granik looks into how Georgia’s indigenous grape varieties, incredible bargains, and off-the-beaten-path wine styles have sparked international interest. “The Georgian wine industry is in a period of rediscovery, renewal, and growth. In fact, one could say that Georgia is suffering from a serious case of “wine fever”—seemingly everyone wants in on the game. In 2006 there were roughly 80 registered wineries, but by 2018, the number had ballooned to 961—and more are popping up. As wineries proliferate, the trade is growing along with them.”

Since its Pinot Noir was served at last year’s Royal Wedding, Mount Eden Vineyards has stepped firmly into the spotlight. Elin McCoy meets the husband-and-wife team behind its success in Decanter. (subscription req.)

In Wine-Searcher, Margaret Rand explores the difference between acidity and freshness in wine.

On JancisRobinson.com, Elaine Chukan Brown visits Randall Grahm’s Popelouchum vineyard. (subscription req.)

Florence Fabricant highlights Alice Feiring’s new book, Natural Wine for the People, in the New York Times. “Ms. Feiring, whose middle name should be “terroir,” starts by describing what natural wine is not…”

In Wine Enthusiast, I highlight a few American wine-cider hybrids.

In Wine & Spirits Magazine, Joshua Green discovers Château Bellevue’s Ce Ma Cuvée. “It was a joyous Bordeaux, not self-important or heavy, just easy and delicious.”

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