A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, said today in Tbilisi: “It is very important that Georgian wine is present in New York, Los Angeles, Europe…In Europe it is a passport of European identity and Christian culture.”
According to reports by the Georgian wine website news.hvino.com, a fortnight ago Saakashvili proposed the creation of a vineyard close to Tbilisi International Airport.
He said: "I asked the municipality to allocate a big land plot next to the airport, where we will create a large vineyard, so that the first thing a guest sees when he[\she] arrives is a vineyard.
“We will give all the guests a small bottle of wine, so they take it back home as a souvenir. We must teach children how to make wine in Georgia. There should not be a single piece of uncultivated land left where a vineyard could be made. I am really fascinated by winemaking. This is part of our national ideology.”
According to news.hvino.com, the president bought a vineyard in the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia in 2011.