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New York Times Lists Georgia as a Top Destination

During the International Wine Tourism Conference in 2014 many of us were taken with Georgia's beauty.  The wine was stunning with a rich history.  But one participant began a love affair that has evolved into a new business venture.

The New York Times Travel section recently listed Georgia as a top destination for 2015.  In this brief summary about what Georgia has to offer they include shout outs to Vino Underground, Pheasant's Tears and TasteGeorgia.

Vino Underground was a gorgeous wine bar with an extremely knowledgeable owner whose knowledge is rivaled only by his passion for wine.  He actually produces some beautiful wine that I hope to be able to drink again soon.

Pheasant's Tears was a last stop on our trip in Georgia and one of the most welcoming.  While there I felt as if I was surrounded by family.  I may have even told John Wunderman how I wanted to put his wife in my pocket.  She graciously accepted this odd turn of phrase and I stand by it.

TasteGeorgia is all you need to know if you want to step into this world.  Started by one participant's passion and locals knowledge, they can help organize food, wine and more tours and private events for you.  It's a great way to begin your own Georgian love affair.

Shumi Winery

On my last day in Georgia for the International Wine Tourism Conference, we visited several amazing places including Wine Company SHUMI (Shumi Winery).  The winery is located in the Kakheti region with vineyards in Khvanchara and Martvili in West Georgia and Tsinandali, Akmeta Gurjaani, Akhasheni, Kindmarauli, Naareuli, Kvareli, Mukuzani and Ikalto in East Georgia.

Like most we visited, the people were incredibly hospitable and graciously shared wine, food and history lessons about Georgia.  This is truly an exciting region to visit and I can only imagine what wine tourism will be like in the next five years.

I recently opened the 2012 Shumi Tsinandali..  The wine is made mostly from Rkatsiteli (85%) with Mtsvane (15%) featured as well.  The wine is fermented in oak barrels.  The wine is light straw in color with a delicate palate that includes floral elements.  It's a lovely and more delicate wine is a great example of the what Georgia has to offer.

I am excited to open one of my orange or amber wines aged in qvervi next.