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Georgia: First Impressions, First Surprises

"Georgia reminded me of Southern Italy," Larissa Graf, Swiss wine and gastronomy specialist tells me as we meet-up in Zurich to chat about her first trip to Georgia. "I liked the fact that you can serve your food, which in theory means that you can eat less. But there is always so much delicious stuff that you end up overeating anyway."

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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Georgian Wine

1. Georgia is considered the birthplace of wine as the researchers traced the world's first known wine creation back to the South Caucasus people in 6,000 BC. 2. Georgia has over 500 native grape varieties that grow nowhere else in the world. 3. Georgian traditional winemaking technology is unique in the world, for it is based on the use of the Qvevri - large terracotta pots, initially used for the fermentation and maturation of wine but gradually forgotten everywhere, except in Georgia. 4. Another ancient practice of winemaking used in Georgia is skin contact when the grape skins are not removed, as in typical red wine production, and are kept in contact with the juice for days or even months depending on...

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Legend about Georgia

Have you ever wondered how the Georgians got their gorgeous country?⁣  God, you see, was dividing up the land to the people of the world, but the Georgians were too busy eating and drinking wine to show up on time and get their cut.⁣ ⁣When they finally arrived (next day), God had already finished handing out the land to the people of the Earth so there was nothing left for Georgians. “I’m very sorry,” said God, “but I have already given all the lands away. Why have you arrived so late?”⁣⁣The Georgians, who have had a generous amount of wine and were in excellent spirits replied, “We are so sorry! We were having a feast in your honor, and got...

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