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WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Dan Smothergill » Tue May 23, 2006 10:27 am

Here are two unusual whites that both represent good value.

'03 Teliani Valley Tsinandali (Republic of Georgia). The Russians are playing games with Georgian wines these days, keeping them off the market. It's a shame if this one is at all representative. It's a blend of Rkatsitelli and Mtsvane from the district of Kakheti. Pale-straw color with a delicate licorice taste. Very dry, perhaps a bit too acidic. About $10 in DC area.

'05 Santa Julia Torrontes (Mendoza). Torrontes is thought to be indigenous to Argentina. Nice tasting with big mouth feel, floral aromas and a bit of spiciness. A terrific buy at $6.50.

Edited 1 June 2006: Have since found that Torrontes is a vinifera.
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Re: WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Rahsaan » Tue May 23, 2006 12:06 pm

The Russians are playing games with Georgian wines these days, keeping them off the market.


What does that mean? I heard something about this issue but didn't pick up on the details. Can Russian companies (who? why?) influence whether or not US importers work with Georgian growers? How?
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by Robin Garr » Tue May 23, 2006 12:12 pm

Rahsaan wrote:Can Russian companies (who? why?) influence whether or not US importers work with Georgian growers? How?


I think the relation is indirect, Rahsaan. Russia and Georgia are having a political tiff, and Russia has banned Georgian wine imports. This is a heavy hit to the Georgian economy, because Russia is its primary market. Exports to other nations aren't directly affected.

Here's a Miami Herald wrapup that seems even-handed
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Re: Russia vs Georgia

by Rahsaan » Tue May 23, 2006 12:14 pm

Ok, that makes sense. Thanks.

I suppose there are other barriers to having more Georgian wines in the US, but, probably in the upcoming years/decades we'll be seeing more from Eastern Europe.
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Re: WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Robin Garr » Tue May 23, 2006 12:16 pm

Rahsaan wrote:What does that mean?


And for another view, this article from the Moonie-run <I>Washington Times</I>:

Standing Up to Russia
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Re: Russia vs Georgia

by Dan Smothergill » Tue May 23, 2006 3:03 pm

I think the relation is indirect, Rahsaan. Russia and Georgia are having a political tiff, and Russia has banned Georgian wine imports.


I think Robin got this exactly right. That old newspaperman nose for accuracy comes to the rescue once again!
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Re: WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Suzie Q » Tue May 23, 2006 9:03 pm

I have a number of bottles of Pisano Torrontes from Uruguay. What a wonderful find. Lively and happy, with cinammon on the nose and an intruguing palate of ginger and lime. It's an awesome white that I always keep on hand.
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Re: WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Dan Smothergill » Tue May 23, 2006 10:23 pm

I have a number of bottles of Pisano Torrontes from Uruguay
Do you have the name of the retailer? I'd be interested in looking into having some shipped.
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Re: WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Suzie Q » Wed May 24, 2006 12:56 am

LOL. Send me a PM. I AM the retailer. And I'd hate to be accused of advertising. Dunno if that is allowed here.
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Re: WTN: Broadening Horizons at Good QPR

by Robin Garr » Wed May 24, 2006 9:26 am

Suzie Q wrote:LOL. Send me a PM. I AM the retailer. And I'd hate to be accused of advertising. Dunno if that is allowed here.


Hi, Suzie ... just to clarify, we discourage "spamming," as in <i>unsolicited</i> testimonials for one's own business. But there's certainly no harm in in-the-business people responding appropriately to direct questions. So, no harm in giving out the details in a context like this.

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