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Exotic Wines Offer Welcome Respite to Traditional Grapes of the U.S.

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Philadelphia, PA – (Oct. 25, 2020) – Sada Wine Imports, a U.S. importer of Georgian wines, has released 5 unique wines under its family’s Sun Wine label to showcase Georgia’s 2018 vintage.

“Georgia’s 2018 rtveli (“harvest”) marked the first grape harvest in the last 10 years that has not been subsidized by the state,” said Zurab Cherashvili, Operations Manager of Sada Wine Imports. “Georgian wine export is at a record high, and I’m happy to offer my family’s Sun Wine varietals as an exotic wine choice of robust, complex choices for the adventurous palate.”

Georgia, the country that intersects Europe and Asia and was once a Soviet republic, is home to Caucasus Mountain villages, Black Sea beaches and an ancient wine-growing region producing over 500 unique grapes to make exotic and affordable wines. In fact, once archeologists discovered clay vessels (Qvevri) filled with grape seeds dating back to over 6,000 B.C., Georgia has laid claim as the oldest winemaking region in the world.

Five wines offer various flavor profiles telltale of the terroir in Georgia’s winegrowing regions, beginning in the district of Telavi in the village of Tsinandali:

  • 2018 Sun Wine Tsinandali ($18)

A bottle of 2018 Tsinandali hails from Telavi and Kvareli area of Kakheti, where Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane (“young and green”) grapes produce a pale, white dry wine. The bouquet emits a distinct licorice root aroma with a complex and crisp acidity unique to Georgian wines. This wine is best paired with fish and cheese.

  • 2018 Sun Wine Mtsvane ($18)

The 2018 Mtsvane exhibits a honeysuckle bouquet that leads to a pear, green apple and citrus palate, reminiscent of a Riesling. The recommended pairing for this white wine is chicken, seafood, and green salad.

  • 2018 Saperavi ($19)

Saperavi (translation: “to give color”) is made with 100% Saperavi grapes and offers an immediate smoky, cherry bouquet that leads way to a fabulous pomegranate flavor. Pair this wine with grilled steak or lamb.

  • 2018 Mukuzani ($20)

Another version of Saperavi is in a bottle of Mukuzani, grown in the vineyards of Mukuzani, where Saperavi is typically aged in oak casks for about three years. A bouquet rich berries and slight oak notes give way to a palate of ensuing complexity. Any hearty vegetable dish, meat and cheese will pair well with this wine.

  • 2018 Kindzmarauli ($20)

The more exotic version of a semi-sweet red wine is a Kindzmarauli, sure to surprise and delight palates with its sweet pomegranate notes. This wine pairs well with a fudge brownie, cheese, or fruit. 

“We are so proud of these Georgian wines and believe they truly are indicative of the hard work from past harvests,” said Cherashvili. “The 2018 Mukuzani, in particular, is a welcome alternative to cabernet sauvignon. Its velvety tannin structure adds value to an extended bottle aging, so it’s the perfect gift to purchase for a wine collector this holiday season.” 

All five wines are available for purchase online at www.sada-wine.com.

With the release of these 2018 wines, Sada Wine Imports has introduced its wine club, giving oenophiles and novices alike access to an array of benefits, including discounts, first notifications of limited releases, and incentive savings on shipments and anniversary gifts. For more information or to sign up, please visit https://sada-wine.com/wine-club.

About Sada Wine Imports

Sada Wine Imports, under the Sun Wine label, is an importer of its family’s Georgian wines to the United States. Its mission is to explore the full potential of winemaking in the birthplace of wine by producing the highest quality wines from its vineyards, using both the European and the ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri methods and sharing them with wine lovers around the world.

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