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Bagrationi 1882 Reserve

by Nannette Eaton on December 31, 2009

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”   –-   Oprah Winfrey

Bagrationi 1882 Reserve was the first Georgian wine we’ve had, and it was a knockout. Never had one either? Well watch out and be wowed.  Georgia is the oldest wine producing region in Europe, with 7000 years of wine making tradition.  (Who knew? Wine Harlots got schooled!)  Bagrationi 1882 is the first Georgian sparkling wine to be distributed in the United States. Once you get past the novelty aspect, these wines are the real deal.   Gorgeous straw color, crisp apple and biscuit notes, micro-small bubbles. Delicious. And on day three after opening, the wine still had a lot of sparkle left.

The grapes are a cuvée of Chinebuli, Mstvane and Tsitsa from the Georgian regions of Kartli, Kakheti and Imereti. See?  As soon as you think you know something about wine, you find out how little you know.  Even though the grape varieties are foreign, the taste of these sparklers rivaled the best Champagne or sparkling white wine we’ve had.

The suggested retail is $25 USD. Here’s the current list of retailers of Bagrationi 1882. The importer in the United States is the Pacific Wine Marketing Group, contact Nicholas Krivoruchko for additional information. This was a media sample kindly provided by Wine Press PR.

Pair this with any of your favorite foods.  We paired it with Caramelized Pecans and it was perfect.  No really, might sound a bit odd, but it was fantastic.

For the last day of the decade, the music pairing is “Last Good Day of the Year” by  Cousteau, from their self-titled debut album. Cheers to a new year, if you’re drinking the Bagrationi 1882 Reserve you’ve already got a head-start to getting things right.