I was perusing the liquor store the other day, well yes perusing, because when most of the stores are still closed and one needs a change of scenery, one goes to the liquor store. Anyway, while looking around to see if anything would strike my fancy, my eye captured this unique bottle.The design was very attractive and the store sign under the bottle referred to it as a Georgian red wine.
I looked at it for a while and tried to read the label. But the label was written in Russian, and while I do know quite a few swear words in Russian, to my grandmother's dismay, I never really learned the language, therefor, the label was of no help.
To make a long story short, I bought the bottle because the design was just perfect, very unique as far as bottles go and I figured, worse scenario, I' d dump the wine if it was no good and take a few photos of the bottle.
Boy was I surprised when I finally popped the cork from the bottle and had a taste of the wine. So smooth, not at all heavy, and very very palatable, especially to someone who is not big on red wines.
The color was dark, dark red, to me an indication that it would be heavy, But heavy it was not. It was light, slightly sweet but not overwhelming.
So naturally I had to research it and....
Kindzmarauli is a naturally semi-sweet red wine. The ripeness is balanced by fine soft textured tannins. Kindzmarauli has achieved recognition throughout Europe for over half a century for its supreme quality and magnificent taste. Kindzmarauli is a legendary name in Russia, where this wine remains a coveted commodity among the new connoisseurs. Produced in the Kvareli district, in the Republic of Georgia, this 100%-Saperavi wine has a very dark rich, red ruby color. Strong characteristic nose exhibiting touches of fresh berries. Naturally sweet on the palate, warm, velvety with delicate fruit flavors. Complements soft cheeses, sweet meat and fish dishes and all desserts.
If you see this bottle in your liquor store, I do recommend purchasing it, but one caveat.... once you uncork it, drink it all! It does not taste as good the next day.