Georgian Wine in the News

Wine Pick of the Week: Mildiani Family Winery Saperavi, Katsiteli $9
The country of Georgia, which has for weeks been struggling against a Russian invasion, may find one tiny bit of good news here in Washington. Wines from a small family-owned Georgian winery landed on local shelves within days of Russian tanks rumbling into Georgia. All the attention focused on the country may pique consumers' curiosity just enough to give these wines a try.
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Grape gifts from the other Georgia

Despite the recent political unrest in Georgia, the former Soviet republic, wines from its principal wine region, Kakheti, are available...
by Paul Gregutt, Special to the Seattle Times
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Braiden Rex-Johnson's Tips for Exploring Georgian Wines
by Braiden Rex-Johnson on March 03, 2009
As a worthwhile (and fun!) New Year’s resolution, I suggested we all experiment with wines from different regions. Today, I’d like to share my first “find,” an exciting “new” wine region: Georgia.
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Georgian wines are a rustic, old-world taste and a stellar match for Northwest cuisine
Sip a new sensation with well-priced vintages from the former Soviet republic
By Alison Brownrigg, January 15, 2009, NWsource shopping columnist
The country of Georgia, located in the Caucasus region between Russia to the north and Turkey to the south, has been cultivating wine grapes since 7000 B.C., making it the oldest wine-producing area known. Until recently, it was difficult to find these wonderfully dry and rustic old-world style European wines in the U.S.
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Whole Foods, local distributors import Georgian wines to the Northwest
Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle) - by Heidi Dietrich Staff Writer
Until now, wines from the nation of Georgia hid in Russian markets and specialty shops, bearing hard-to-decipher labels.
No longer. A local wine distributor, an importer and Whole Foods Market have teamed up to bring Georgian wines to 11 Whole Foods stores in the Northwest this month, including four large stores in Washington and seven smaller stores in Oregon.
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Republic of Georgia Targets U.S. Market
Combats Russian boycott with exports of popular and cult wines
by Paul Franson
Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia -- With its wine business and economy devastated by a spiteful Russian boycott, the Republic of Georgia is taking many steps to recover--including increasing exports to the United States and other countries.
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U.S. Wine Buyers and Media Come to Georgia to Generate Commercial Sales in USA
From October 24-31, leading journalists from the most popular U.S. publications and U.S. wine buyers will tour Georgia and visit Kakheti to meet Georgian wine producers. The project is facilitated by the USAID funded agriculture development project AgVANTAGE. Writers from the New York Times, Newsweek International, Bon Appetit, Wine Business Monthly, Wine Enthusiast, California Wine & Food, and Travel Magazine will write stories on Georgia that will appear on the pages of these U.S. publications that are distributed throughout the United States and also internationally. Coverage in these publications is very important for promoting the unique Georgian identity in other countries. Additionally, the wine buyers will meet with producers and will look into commercial opportunities to export wine to the U.S. market. This initiative provides Georgia with a large opportunity to increase sales of wine and opens the doors to larger markets.
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Georgian Wines to be available in U.S. supermarkets soon
Mildiani Wines now available at Whole Food Markets Stores in U.S.
When Russia imposed an embargo on imports of Georgian wines in March 2006, the country lost its traditional and most important export market, where about 89% of Georgian wines were sold. In 2007, Georgian wine producers mobilized their efforts to diversify their products and penetrate new export markets in the West, primarily the EU and the U.S.
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Wine Tour at Tsinandali Old Cellar and Vinoterra Wineries
On February 29, 2008 AgVANTAGE organized a wine tour to observe the first large-scale export of Georgian wines to the U.S. With USAID support, the Vinoterra and Tsinandali Old Cellar wineries of the Kakheti region have a contract to export wine to the U.S. to be sold at Whole Foods Markets, the world’s largest retailer of natural and organic foods. U.S. Ambassador John Tefft, USAID Mission Director Robert Wilson, Minister of Economic Development Eka Sharashidze, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Vakhtang Lezhava, the Governor of Kakheti region Levan Bezhashvili, and the Chairman of Samtrest Vasil Managadze attended the event.
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