Known as the birthplace of wine, with over 7000 years of viticultural history, it reputedly also gave us the word wine (from the Georgian word gvino, and the tradition of toasting, which is a key feature of the supra, or Georgian banquet.
Marks and Spencer do have a number of white wines from the region, but you'll find the widest selection at the Georgian Wine Society. I recommend trying a Kindzmarauli if you like a little residual sweetness in your red. This was not the first time we've tried a Saperavi wine from Georgia. Our first attempt was on a somewhat rainy night in, and this time was equally wet.
If you want to learn more about Georgian food and wine culture, you could read this wiki article, or watch this fascinating youtube documentary which was our education for the evening. See if you can keep up with the toasts...
The Chateau Mukhrani Saperavi (£9.50 from Marks and Spencer) has a really spicy nose with black fruits that carries through on the mid to full body.
It's an ancient grape variety, whose name translates as dye, referring to it's deep and dark colouring. Great examples from fine regions can age for up to 50 years. While decent, this is more of a "drink now" style.
Mr Purple Teeth was impressed by how well it matched with a variety of foods. Matching a banquet is not always easy, especially when some dishes have high seasoning. He described how it coated his mouth with a dark fruited tingle, a peppery spice that creates a long finish of sweeter spice. Maybe a slightly waxy texture?
Rating: Buy Again
There is a small amount of sediment in the bottle so stand the bottle for a few hours out of the wine rack and pour the last glass carefully or decant, should you buy some.
The trip ago Tbilisi and beyond, from the comfort of our sofa was one of the most enjoyable virtual travel dates so far. Give Georgian wine a try. It might surprise you.