So this begs the question. Which wine should I enjoy while Mr Purple Teeth had gone to watch Arsenal vs Chelsea in the local boozer? There are lots of lovely wines laid in for the festive season, and doubtless, 6 kinds of dessert wine will be too many. But the lure of sharing something unusual with you, proved too much. So to Georgia I went on this rainy night.
Mr Purple Teeth returned from his pub excursion and declared it a hit. I'm not sure he'll be replacing his number one slot of Left Bank Bordeaux with this one, but he enjoyed exploring a second glass.
What makes this wine different?
The Saperavi grape is one of the oldest cultivars in Georgia where it originated. It's consistently been one of the big commercial successes from the region and, perhaps due to it's ability to stand up to tough weather conditions, experimental plantings are appearing in the Finger Lakes area of New York and also in Austrlia. Maybe we'll see more of it in future. But if you fancy a taste of 8000 years of wine history, for less than £17 and delivered to your door by Ocado, then pop a bottle of this in your virtual shopping basket. If you love big dark red wines which pack a punch but still hold some elegance, I'm sure you'll be happy with your very own version of archeology.
Merry Christmas and Cheers to all our readers!