Khareba Mtsvane 2013, Kakheti, Georgia (£9.95 Tanners) Not huge amount of aroma initially but opens up to show some citrus and pear notes, plus a pine-like aroma and touches of honey and walnuts. Maybe not as crisp as it could be, but I like the rounded texture. B(-) Khareba Saperavi […]

Two wines from Georgia

Quinta do Pinto Vinhas do Lasso 2004, Alenquer, Portugal (N/A in UK) Old fashioned, rusty/horsey aromas, and no improvement in flavour. Some vague plum and strawberry but overall, dried out and charmless. 0 Quinta do Pinto Tinta Miúda 2003, Alenquer, Portugal (N/A in UK) An improvement, with some dusty plum […]

Four reds from Alenquer (Portugal) and Georgia

Poggiotondo Toscana Bianco 2009, Italy (£8.99 Liberty Wines, Noel Young, Reserve) One of those wines that creeps up on you, initially fresh and floral with a citrussy bite, but then the taut, pine-like edge of Vermentino comes through, along with an almost volcanic minerality. B+ Raimat Albariño Viña 24 2009, […]

Assorted whites from Italy, Spain and Georgia

Never tried Georgian wine? Can’t say I’ve had much if it myself, but this week sees the launch of The Georgian Wine Society ( – here’s how I got on with four of their wines… Teliani Valley Tsolikouri 2005 (£8.99) Slightly nutty/toasty edges, clean and fresh, a light floral perfume, […]

Georgia on my mind – four wines from The Georgian ...