A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

MIR’s very own copywriter, Mariana Noble, is traveling on the inaugural departure of our A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture small group tour as we speak.  She left a few days ago and has some delightful snapshots to share.

The most mouth-watering dispatch so far is above: a shot of the dinner table at the beginning of a Georgian feast. She reported:

“By the end, there were dozens more dishes on the table – they just kept coming.”

The A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture tour traverses gorgeous Georgia on a culinary and cultural caravan with two Georgian hosts: an ethnologist and a winemaker who are in love with Georgian culture, food and wine.  Over the course of the 14-day tour, Mariana and her fellow travelers will:

  • Prepare a memorable meal with the chef at the organic Pheasant’s Tears winery, after a walking or horseback tour through the vineyards.
  • Visit a ceramicist to see how to make qvevri, huge earthenware vessels used in a traditional Georgian wine-making method that has been designated a world cultural treasure by UNESCO.
  • Drive through saw-toothed mountains and tidy green valleys to the secluded Svaneti region, best known for its UNESCO-listed medieval watchtowers and its proud highland people.
  • Take in an electrifying performance by dynamic Svanetian singers of the unmatched Georgian art of polyphonic choral music, another UNESCO world cultural treasure.

Here’s a sampling of her photos to date:

Tbilisi’s Narikala Fortress. Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Tbilisi sits beneath the hilltop Narikala Fortress
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Tbilisi’s sulfur baths. Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Tbilisi’s sulfur baths were built over the hot springs just under the surface in the Old Town. Most of the baths in use today were built in the 17th century.
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Mariana's first lunch on the first tour day, at the Black Lion, an unmarked underground restaurant.  Fabulous "street food." Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Mariana’s first lunch on the first tour day, at the Black Lion, an unmarked underground restaurant. Fabulous!
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Our tour's host in front of an ancient qvevri at Alaverdi Monastery moments before a wine-tasting. Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Our host, John Wurdeman, in the forefront of Georgian natural winemakers, in front of ancient qvevri at Alaverdi Monastery moments before a wine-tasting
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

So cute! A pile of snuggly Georgian puppies.  Photo credit: Mariana Noble

A pile of snuggly Georgian Shepherd puppies, who will grow to be huge fluffy guardians of their sheep
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Mariana wandered Signagi's narrow streets and admired the famous wooden balconies, richly carved with lacey ornamentation.  Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Mariana wandered Signagi’s narrow streets and admired the famous wooden balconies, richly carved with lacey ornamentation
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Visiting a potter who crafts the handmade vessels, called qvevri, that Georgians have made and stored wine in for thousands of years. Photo credit: Mariana Noble

Mariana visited a potter who crafts the handmade vessels, called qvevri, that Georgians have made and stored wine in for thousands of years
Photo credit: Mariana Noble

 

(Top photo: Mariana and her fellow travelers enjoyed a meal befitting the term, Georgian Table. Photo credit: Mariana Noble)

PUBLISHED: October 15, 2014

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