Around the holidays, we were introduced to Georgian wine brand, Silk Road Wines and loved seeing the variety of bottles including a unique orange/amber wine!
We learned from the wine brand that archaeologists consider the country of Georgia to be the birthplace of wine – created some 8,000 years ago. (WOW!) One of the things they discovered around the country was qvevris, which are clay pots buried in the ground to age wine. Georgians today mix modern and traditional wine techniques to produce some of the most unique wines in the world, such as amber (or orange) wine.
Fun fact: Amber wine comes from ripe white grapes with skins placed into a qvevri. The wine is fermented for 5-6 months before bottling. The maturation on the skins is what gives the amber color. This dry wine has notes of honey and apricot.
Silk Road Wines sent us a few bottles to try out, and my friends are I couldn’t be more excited to get our hands on something new to us.
Here are some tasting notes from the lineup of bottles we received:
- Dry White Wine – Floral, green apple and citrus notes. This type is the most exported Georgian white wine, made from Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane grapes.
- Organic Rose – Longer finish, very light, citrus fruit aromas
- Organic Amber – Apricot and pear, dry taste and strong tannis. The color looks heavier than it is, but don’t let that discourage you from taking a sip from this very distinct vino. You won’t find it much in stores so it’s worth a taste!
- Red Semi Sweet – cherry and black notes, some tannins, medium bodied. It was sweeter than we expected, but those who like sweet wine will dig this.
- Dry Red – smooth, full bodied with dark berry notes. This wine is aged in oak casks for at least three years, which give its a complex taste. plan to order some more of these bottles since it was my favorite! I’m a huge fan of dry red wines.
- We used a Coravin to pour samples from each bottle. This let us keep our bottles sealed afterward, so it’ll be just like new when we choose to open them fully at a later time.
- Eat something! Don’t do a wine tasting on an empty stomach. Nibble on some cheeses, meats, crackers, etc. if you don’t plan on having a full dinner during your event.
- Start with the lighter wines and work your way up to the darker selections. The darker the wine, the strong the flavor.
If you’re looking to expand your wine knowledge and tastes, pick up these bottles of Silk Road Wine now at HEB and Central Market stores in DFW. Come back and let us know your thoughts!
Note: 10% of sales from each bottles goes to supporting first responders and veterans.
(This tasting was hosted by Silk Road Wines, and all opinions are my own.)