Georgian Wine

Georgians – they are my kind of people! The more I learn, the more I NEED  to go there.

Moving on though…now I’m reading about their wine. It’s possible that wine-making originated in this part of the world over 8,000 years ago. And the methods used then are still in practice now.  Gotta love that.

Here’s a great website to read all about it.

Painting of a kvevri – the traditional vessel used for wine production
(Niko Pirosmanashvili [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

You can’t always have what you want

One of the books I’m delving into for Georgia is The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia by Darra Goldstein. Verdict so far: thumbs up. I haven’t cooked anything yet, but the recipes look fantastic and I’m looking forward to diving in quite soon. I’ve been delayed a bit by the calendar; it was Thanksgiving here in the US this week, so non-turkey-and-stuffing-related cooking had to take a backseat.

There is one other small problem: Georgians apparently LOVE walnuts.

And…I’m allergic to walnuts. (Pecans too). It’s a total pain, and I am not amused by any of  it.

So, there are so many wonderful sounding dishes that I won’t be able to make. I might just post a few of the forbidden ones, so you can try them and tell me what I’m missing…sigh…

It hurts to even look at this.
(image by By PlayMistyForMe (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons)

Country #5 – Georgia

Absolutely no disrespect meant to Singapore, but I just was not feeling it…but I will go all out when I get to Malaysia, since the book I chose is actually a history of both places. I totally promise, Singapore. You are awesome!

In hopes of uncorking the bottleneck this blog is trapped in, we are moving on.

Country #5 is Georgia. I know very little about Georgia, except to be confused – is it “officially” in Europe or Asia? I’m tagging it as both right now; we’ll see what my reading turns up.

Flag of Georgia
(image from By User:SKopp (Own work based on File:Brdzanebuleba 31.pdf) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)