Georgia is very interesting with its cousin from each region, so the combination of food and wine we can create regionally.
Kakheti with red and qvevri wines is the best with- veal stew in red wine, BBQ pork, Chakapuli-meat of lamb and tarragon and white wine, hard cheeses with high salt with mounains Kakheti-Tusheti, you can also taste white qvevri wines with Foie gras, roast turkey, Asian wok. For desserts we use semi-sweet with traditional-Churchkhela and Tatara, both desserts are made from sweet unfermented grape juice
Western is more interesting with a light body, lots of crisp acidity, so we need to pair such wines in specific light and spicy dishes. Mkhali-traditional Western apetaiser with herbs and walnut combination goes best with Imeretin white churi wines, white meat such as roast chicken or river fish goes best with classic Tsolikouri and Krakhuna, soft cheeses from Megrelia and Acharya go best with light red wines such as Aladasturi and Dzelshavi. In the mountains, we will grind the traditional smoked salted pork-Rachuli lori, which goes best with dry Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli.
There is much more to say about Georgia and Georgian wine, but let's start knowing these little facts to understand what's in our glass.
"The cradle of winemaking"
"The cradle of winemaking" - that's what Georgia is called. This is the country where the original habitat of grape growing culture is closely connected with the traditions of the local people and their lifestyle.
The history of local winemaking started from more than 8000 years ago. The strong drink made from grapes first appeared in Georgia and was later borrowed by the people of Egypt and Greece. Clay vessels (Qvevri) dating back to the Bronze Age were found during archaeological work. They contained grape seeds. Wine making tools - presses, crushers and clay bottles - were also excavated.
Wine is part of Georgian culture, national self-awareness and heritage. There are many masterpieces in folklore dedicated to the vine. In the modern world, wine still holds an important place in Christian culture. According to history, Georgia embraced Christianity with a cross made of the vine, which is the "tree of life". Wine is a symbol of life, without which this beautiful country could not exist.
How wine is made in Georgia
Long fermentation and aging in qvevri is one of the winemaking technologies. It is used for both white and red varieties. Qvevri - a clay vessel shaped like an ancient Greek amphora. Raw materials are placed in the vessel, which is buried in the ground, and then the fermentation process begins. There the vessel sits for the entire period of exposure. In rare cases, qvevri are stored in cellars at a constant temperature.
There are three technologies of wine production:
In addition, Mukuzani or Quareli wines from Saperavi grapes, according to the original technology, are also aged in oak barrels - this gives the drink a unique color and flavor.
Wine is a unique drink, its taste and quality can vary, even if the raw materials were harvested in the same vineyard. Grapes are quite a capricious product that requires special treatment.
How to distinguish real wine from fake?
Quality wine is a symbiosis of regular care of the vineyards and careful work of the winemaker. All the activities that a person does with the grapes (fertilizing, pruning, etc.) Yield plays an important role: the lower the yield, the better the quality of the grapes. Manual harvesting is better than automatic harvesting because it allows you to pick selectively and more accurately, damaging the berries less.
Real Georgian wine has a bright bouquet, so any connoisseur can distinguish a real drink from a fake one.
Semi-sweet wines are often adulterated. They are more sought after and easier to adulterate, masking the taste with simple sugar.
The price of expensive wine is due to small amounts of raw materials and high production costs. To understand the original before you or the fake, pay attention to the name of the drink: it must correspond to the name of a known variety. If the label says unknown or derivative name, it is not something you want to put on the table for your loved ones.
Real Georgian wine of good quality cannot be cheap.
A low price indicates the following violations:
1) Space saving. Bottles should be in a horizontal position on the shelves with a certain temperature and humidity.
2) Improper delivery. Georgia wine is exported to various countries. Transportation violations will negatively affect the quality of the product - the drink loses its flavor along the way.
3) In Georgia, stores sell tourist wine in ceramics. Such containers are not suitable for storing wine because the material is porous and the drink will quickly spoil or lose its original aroma and taste.
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