April 2020 saw the launch of Swirl in the Cloud, a series of webinars and virtual tastings for Trade & Press, wine lovers and aficionados alike.
Our first virtual wine event was for the National Wine Agency of Georgia, on 23rd April (St George’s day, by happy coincidence). “Georgian Wine Essentials” was attended by 100 wine professionals from the UK, US and beyond, and covered the fundamentals of Georgian wine terroir, varieties, producers and techniques.
During this fascinating webinar, we looked at how ancient wine informs modern day Georgia, and explored why Georgian wine is expanding so quickly in the UK. Through an a presentation led by Sarah Abbott MW and questions and answers we looked at Georgian’s answer to popular styles such as Malbec and Pinot Grigio, and explored the historical and contemporary relevance of unique Georgian specialities, such as Amber Wine made in clay Qvevri.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
You can view and download the powerpoint presentation from the event here. (This presentation includes the speaker notes, reading lists, and information on producers and importers:
Here is the link to some answers to questions that we missed, or needed to check up on:
The website Georgianwine.uk also has useful information on Georgian wine regions, grape varieties, producers, etc.
“It was excellent. I learnt so much from Sarah in that short time. The format with questions worked v well and now I am dying to go to Georgia!”
“I really enjoyed the webinar this morning, first time I’ve felt fully engaged in something for a while”
“Thank you so much for this morning’s presentation, it was fascinating and the proof is that there were so many questions. The webinar really made my week.”
“Hope you’re both well and thanks for organising the webinar, it was greatly informative and so interesting!”
“Thanks for yesterday – great info and I learnt a lot about the areas.”
Winifred B - Wine, Food and Lifestyle Writer
“Thanks so much for yesterday and please thank Sarah on my behalf for a very interesting and illuminating presentation.”
Victor M - Wine Educator
“Just wanted to say thanks for the webinar on Georgian wines last week. Really fascinating and so much to learn! Looking forward to future seminars, thanks again.”