May I ask you to make real short review of Georgian wines you tried in Georgia. I myself stay in Georgia second year (contract job), and before arriving was full of expectations, now I'm very skeptical about the issue: reality was not so brilliant: 95% is cheap generic stuff not worth to try, 4% is just OK, and 1% maybe not bad to try. It is the joy for me to have Spanish wine from time to time.
I’ve been to Georgia three times and also had mixed experiences with the wine. Just as in France, I found the best wine by seeking out the smaller producers. Most of the wine that I had in the restaurants in Tbilisi wasn’t great. The saperavi was often harsh or even bitter if it was from qvevri.
However, I found a wine shop near Freedom Square that I returned to on all my visits where I found some delicious wines. I believe it is part of a collective or some kind of consortium of artisan winemakers: Vino Underground, Galaktioni Street 15 in Tbilisi, https://m.facebook.com/100063641253789/
. The ladies that work there are very knowledgeable about wine and winemaking and helped me find some wines I really enjoyed.
This is a saperavi made in a lighter style that I really like. I don’t remember exactly, but I think I was told they remove a certain amount of the skins to achieve a lighter, fruit forward wine, in contrast to the overly tannic saperavis you often find in country:
This is another favorite, from the Tavkveri grape and made in qvevri. Fuller bodied than the other, savory and delicious. I still have one last bottle that I need to drink soon:
The wine shop has a book with profiles of the winemakers and they showed me the section for this one:
On the other end of the spectrum, our government partners there make wine every year in a cellar they have and would always invite us down for a taste. Very cool concept, but sadly I never found what they were making palatable.
This trip down memory lane is making me thirsty and hungry for some khachapuri and khinkali!