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Lost In Qvevriland: My Story On Georgian Wine & Food Culture In MUNCHIES

My feature on traveling around the Republic of Georgia, learning about the world’s oldest wine culture and qvevri winemaking and gorging on incredible, homemade food and orange wines–and the famous local grape brandy, cha cha–is up now on MUNCHIES. You can read it here. I’ve also got a blog post up with more extensive tasting notes… Continue reading Lost In Qvevriland: My Story On Georgian Wine & Food Culture In MUNCHIES

Amphora Wine · Georgian Wine · Natural Wine

Notes On The Natural Wine Revolution In Georgia

There is so much happening in the natural wine scene in Georgia, it’s impossible to recount it all here, but I’m going to share some of my tasting notes. Briefly, if you’re not familiar with Georgian wines: the country has been making wine continuously for about 8000 years, and there are shards of qvevri (the clay amphorae… Continue reading Notes On The Natural Wine Revolution In Georgia

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Parisian Love Affairs & A New Wave Of Right Bank Bordeaux In April’s Wine Enthusiast

I have two (very different) pieces in this month’s Wine Enthusiast Magazine. First, there’s a short feature about producers in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, where the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation (created in 2009) is trying to establish itself as a new benchmark of quality–meaning, they are working toward healthier vineyards, and in some cases turning… Continue reading Parisian Love Affairs & A New Wave Of Right Bank Bordeaux In April’s Wine Enthusiast

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“Everything But Barrel” Winemaking (aka Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is)

I wrote for Wine Enthusiast magazine about all the ways to ferment wine–besides using barrels or stainless steel tanks. Of course, clay amphorae are featured, but also glass carboys, and concrete. Quotes from some pretty awesome winemakers. Check out the story here! And if you’re interested to learn more about amphorae wine, stay tuned for my… Continue reading “Everything But Barrel” Winemaking (aka Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is)

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Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is–Even In Bordeaux

A lot of people ask me: “Rachel, how the hell do you manage to travel so much for wine journalism?” I sort of cringe at this, because I’m aware that it may look as if I’m constantly on vacation, enjoying fancy meals and sipping wine in a beautiful vineyards. The trips are occasionally luxurious, but… Continue reading Wherever You Go, There Amphora Is–Even In Bordeaux