LOCATION:Wordsworth Room, St Hugh's
What: Special Georgian Wine Tasting
When: Friday, 10th June, 7pm, venue to be confirmed.
Registration: Please email us at email@example.com to reserve a place, quoting “Georgian wine tasting” in the subject. The 11th person to sign up gets a complementary bottle of Georgian Wine!
Good Food and Best Wine provided!
Entry: £17/£12 for RusSoc members in advance; £20/£15 at the door.
The country of Georgia in the Caucasus is known as "The Cradle of Wine" - the land where wine making first began, around 7000 years ago. Georgia also has over 500 indigenous varieties of grape (think Saperavi and Rkatsiteli, rather than Shiraz and Chardonnay), and one of the most developed wine cultures in the world. It is therefore suprising that these wines are relatively unknown in the Western World, but the reason for this obscurity is that for the last century Russia and Eastern Europe's insatiable demand for Georgian wine meant that it never reached UK shores.
With Georgian winemakers now looking for new export markets, there is a unique opportunity to sample these wines that were once known throughout Europe. The Georgian Wine Society will be bringing a selection of wines that demonstrates Georgia's broad variety of indigenous grapes, as well as
both the traditional and modern styles of Georgian winemaking. There will also be the opportunity to purchase the wines tasted at a discount.
Among others, we will be tasting:
Khvanchkara is a fine naturally semi-sweet red wine made from the Alexandria & Mudzhuretuli grape varieties cultivated in the Khvanchkara vineyards in Racha, Western Georgia. The wine has a strong specific bouquet and a harmonious velvety taste with a raspberry flavor. It is of dark-ruby color. The Khvanchkara wine is one of the most popular Georgian semi-sweet wines. It contains 10.5-12.0% alcohol, 3-5% sugar and has 5.0-7.0% titrated acidity. The wine has been manufactured since 1907. For its excellent taste it was awarded 2 gold & 4 silver medals at international exhibitions.
Mukuzani is a dry red wine made from 100% Saperavi in Mukuzani, Kakheti. The wine is sourced from the very best wines of the vintage that have been fermented at controlled temperatures and with selected yeast strains. The wines are then matured for 3 years in oak to give the wine-added complexity and flavor. Mukuzani is considered to be the best of the Georgian Dry Red wines made from Saperavi. It has won 9 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals in international competitions.
Kindzmarauli is a high quality naturally semi-sweet wine of dark-red color. It is made from the Saperavi grape variety cultivated on the slopes of the Caucasian mountains in the Kvareli district of Kakheti. It has a strong characteristic bouquet and aroma, a gentle harmonious and velvety taste. The wonderful taste and curative properties have won Kindzmarauli general recognition. The wine contains 10.5-12.0% alcohol, 3-5% sugar and has 5.0-7.0% titrated acidity. It has been manufactured since 1942. For its supreme qualities Kindzmarauli was 3 gold, 4 silver & 1 bronze medal at international wine competitions.
Tsinandali is of Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes and comes from the Telavi and Kvareli area of Kakheti. Tsinandali is fermented at cool temperatures and matured for two to three years to bring out the complexity. Tsinandali can be aged for a further five, adopting some nutty bottle-aged characters in the process. It has a pale golden color and a light body. The flavor is light, with a moderate finish.
Best Toast Competition: The author of the best Georgian toast chosen by the Committee gets free entry to the Wine tasting. All toasts will be read during the Wine tasting. The best toast according to the public gets a Free Bottle of a Special Reserved Wine!
Email your toasts entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon of Wednesday Week 6.