No, this is not about ex-president Jimmy Carter’s peanut wine, it is about the many millennia of wine making from the ancient country of Georgia in the Caucasus. This book is well and enthusiastically written, and well illustrated. It provides a history of Georgian wine making, possibly the world’s oldest - including the ancient technique of producing the wine in huge pottery vessels sunk in the ground (termed kvevri - pronounced kuev-ri). This technique was widespread in the Mediterranean area in ancient times, but was, of course, soon replaced by barrels in most places. Since modern Georgian wine, freed from the Soviet-era dictates that required quantity over quality, is extremely good - the unusual kvevri wines are a very enjoyable experience, reminiscent of the vin jaune from the French Jura. The best thing to do is to read this book with a glass of Georgian wine by your side.
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