A Sweet Georgian Red

Can you get a decent Sweet Red at this price?...

Sweet Georgian Red

Sweet Georgian Red

This is our first Georgian red, Years ago we did try a Georgian white. By the way, when I say Georgia, I mean the eastern Europe country, not the American state. The Saperavi grape is somewhat unusual; it has a red skin and is also red on the inside. The other red grape in this blend is considered the best in the neighborhood, a neighborhood that has been doing wine for millennia. Lots of them. The Koncho winery was established in 1945 and has no web site. In a real change of pace we decided on a syrupy white as our companion wine. After all, they are both sweet. And neither winemaker has a web site.

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Wine Reviewed
Alazanis Valley Red Wine 2007 11.5 % alcohol, 4.5% sugar about $10.

Letís start by quoting the back label. ďAlazanis Valley is traditionally produced from Saperavi and Odzhaleshi indigenous Georgian red grape varieties, grown in the valley of Alazani and Duruji rivers in the Kakheti region. Warm valley climate produces full of sun ripeness, rich in flavour grapes. The wine is carefully blended to create traditionally velvety, slightly fruity semi-sweet taste gently harmonized with low acidity in the backbone. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature. Alazanis Valley can be enjoyed on its own, or complement traditional Georgian meat dishes, young soft cheeses, moderately sweet desserts and fruits.Ē And now for my review.

At the first sips this drink was oaky dark and moderately sweet with no tannins. Spinach and cheese in puff pastry appetizers had the effect of intensifying the liquidís oak without going overboard. I noted a surprisingly pleasant combination of oak and sugar. The main dish was an omelet spiced up with a combination of basil leaves, cilantro flakes, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and chicken powder. In response the libationís acidity picked up and I noted the taste of black cherries. But it was murky. A fresh pear for dessert had the effect of increasing the acidity to the point of overwhelming everything else in the glass.

The second meal kicked off with Japanese rice crackers and Wasabi peas. In response the potion was sweet and I noted some acidity. When our Georgian friend met the main dish, slow-cooked chicken, once again its sweetness was dominant. Things were about the same with the barley cooked alongside the chicken. The vegetable, green beans cooked in coconut oil, gave Red a darkness among all that sugar. Fresh blackberries took away just about everything from the drink.

The third meal centered on a roasted salmon filet. This pairing was more successful than most of the others. I noted dark cherries, pleasant oak, and refreshing acidity in the libation. This time I didnít mind the sweetness. But with steamed broccoli the sweetness became slightly oppressive, the black cherry taste was not. For dessert I had some Haagen Dazs Rocky Road ice cream, brimming with nuts and marshmallows. The ice cream may have been too sweet. I donít review ice creams. But the wine was definitely too sweet and offered nothing.

Final verdict. I donít like sweet reds. This wine didnít make me change my mind. I barely finished half the bottle. And yet the occasional pairing was good.

Access the companion wine Revisiting A Syrupy French White.

About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com    and    http://www.wineinyourdiet.com

Visit his website devoted to italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com

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