The Republic of Wine: Georgia’s Epic Love Affair With the Fermented Grape 0 1335

Approximately 8,000 years ago somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Georgia (the country, not the state), some guys decided to try storing their wild grape juice for the winter by putting in a clay vessel and burying it in a pit.

When they dug it out in the spring, they had a bit of a surprise.

“Hey… Umm…  You know this grape juice we buried underground all winter?”

“Yeah…”

“Well, it’s not really grape juice anymore.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, it’s different. Hard to explain. Try it… pretty good actually.”

“Hot damn, that is good. Pour me another glass.”

(Legend has it a couple of hours later they were singing songs off-key, falling over and mumbling, “I never say it… but you know you’re my best friend, right?” However, history is a little fuzzy on those details.)

We may not know the exact words that were uttered when it was discovered, but the point is that ever since a grape juice storage fail turned into a wine-making win, viticulture has been a very, very big deal in Georgia.

In the Kvemo Kartli region (just south of Tbilisi) archeologists discovered several grape seeds in a ruined ancient house that date back to the 6th millennium BC.

This, as well as other archaeological findings, is the evidence that Georgia has the oldest winemaking tradition in the world.  The method of making wine in the traditional clay vessels was added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013, along with other age-old traditions such as the Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia and Chinese shadow puppetry.

In the National Museum of Georgia in Tbilisi, you can see one of the ancient ceramic vessels that were used for wine production – known as a qvevri. The crushed grapes are placed in these enormous egg-shaped containers along with the skin and seeds.

The vessels can be up to three meters deep and can hold up to 1,300 bottles of wine each. The most well-known red is called Saperavi, which is bold and fruity with notes of pine and wild berries. Seriously, it’s damn good.

The History of Wine in Georgia

An eight thousand year winemaking tradition is pretty impressive.

To put this into perspective – we are talking about the Neolithic Age (back when people were eating the Paleo Diet before it was trendy). This happened before Egyptian mummies and before the Minoan culture began on Crete. Even writing was only invented 5,200 years ago (maybe once we invented wine we were too drunk to bother writing stuff down?).

Georgian wine is about 5,000 years older than Stonehenge. Mammoths were still around (and would be around for another 5,500 years) when the early Georgians were getting sloshed on those first bold, juicy reds.

In Georgian pagan mythology, wine had a powerful mystical meaning. In the folk tales,  Aguna is the patron saint of viticulture and ritual sacrifices were performed (in fact, they still are). As Christianity spread, wine became considered the “Blood of the Savior” and so wine and vineyards became even more important. Georgians thought of wine as the holiest drink and they would often sacrifice it to the saints.

These days, wine is just as popular as ever and it’s big business. As you stroll down the streets of the Old City in Tbilisi almost every other building is a wine shop or a tourist agency advertising tasting tours to the vineyards in the nearby countryside. Even the popular local candy churchkhela is made with grape must, a byproduct of the wine industry. A sign I saw the other day outside a local restaurant said, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine and that’s almost the same thing.”

Where to Sip Georgian Wine During Your Visit

Georgians are legendary for their hospitality. In Georgian culture a visitor is considered a “Gift from God” and large feasts called “Supras” where everyone is welcome are central pillars of the culture. These sumptuous banquets are presided over by a toastmaster called the Tamada, who always ensures that the wine keeps flowing. Many Georgian families will make their own homemade wine and serve it to guests. So, while you are in Georgia do your best to get invited to a Supra.

If you don’t have a chance to attend a Supra, here are some other great places where you can taste Georgian wine during your visit.

Ghvino Underground

N15 Galaktion Tabidze Str., Tbilisi

The first organic wine bar in Georgia, this cozy spot has a superb selection of local and imported natural wines – served up with artisan bread, cheese and even seasonal mushrooms. You can also get a little taste of chacha, the local grape vodka (beware, it packs a punch!).

8,000 Vintages

N26 Sulkhan-Tsintsadze Str., Tbilisi

The name of this newly opened wine tasting place symbolizes the epic winemaking history of Georgia. It claims to offer the largest variety of local wines in Tbilisi, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Piala

N114 Aghmashenebeli Avenue, Tbilisi

If you are on a shoestring budget but still want to feel like a sophisticated wine connoisseur, head to this old Georgian style cellar. They have local wine on tap. Yes, you read that right. Wine on tap. Life is good.

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Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address – working from the road since 2011 with her partner Lee, a web-designer from England. They have traveled to over 50 countries and they offer travel tips, stories, and inspiration on Global-Goose.com

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Sanseti Timeless Skincare Review by Health & Beauty 4ever! 0 1180

Sanseti Timeless Skin Care

Hello Y’all!

Yes, I’m back with yet another great skin care review! I’m so fortunate to be able to do some great skin care testing from all over the internet. I test a lot of K-beauty from Korea, and healthy skin care brands discovered on Instagram! Sanseti Timeless Skin Care is a little different. It has marine botanicals that I love in a high-quality skin care products. I am always looking to outdo La Mer, which has a powerful marine broth they claim. BUT with all the chemicals La Mer includes, there is no way their products can be truly healthy for your skin and hormones. We want science and natural, organic ingredients to help with our skin care needs. We want healthy skin afterall! Don’t worry though, I have found Sanseti Skin Care to better than La Mer! AND without the ugly price! 😃

I first used the Sanseti 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit without the cleanser. They had accidentally sent me the beauty masque instead, but once I pointed out the error, Sanseti sent me the cleanser with new issues! I used it yesterday and absolutely loved it. Because I have to use a personal c-serum, I simply incorporated it in my regimen which worked beautifully. I found that the following steps really worked well with my morning routine. If you don’t do treatments yourself ( I do AHA, Retin-A, and sleeping masks), this regimen is actually so hydrating and it would work great for those who like night routines as well. I have used Sanseti for 2 weeks and have already noticed so much more clarity, hydration, and my skin just looks amazing without any makeup! Love that!! All the mentioned products below will have highlighted names that will lead you to Sanseti’s website for your convenance. I hope you enjoy!

Advanced Peptide Serum with Natural Extracts

First, I cleansed my face, used my special c-serum, then added a pump of the Advanced Peptide Serum. This is an ultra-hydrating, fast-acting serum. Peptides are an incredibly powerful ingredient that I’ve written about in numerous articles. They are incredibly important to have in your skin care products and regimen. They improve the elasticity, overall texture, and minimizes wrinkles and repairs! You got to have peptides. Normally, peptides alone add a huge cost to the price, but this retails for only $39.95. Buying the entire 4-step kit for $99.95 is a much better value for your dollars, although $40 bucks for a serum is not very expensive at all – especially for a serum that actually works! No real smell. Just a lovely product.

Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Sanseti you outdid yourself with this cream! It is hydrating, my skin actually glows! Plus any inflammation I get from my skin treatments, this cream healed faster than the one I normally use! This is my absolute favorite of their products – hands-down! The smell is like a botanical, clean ocean with a slight citrus note. La Mer watch out! This cream screams over your cream!!! It is a water like gel. I love gel creams. Clinically tested to improve fine lines and increase hydration levels, this formula uses an extract produced by bio-fermentation of a strain of Red Marine Algae abundant along the shores of the Hawaiian Islands. Their studies have also shown a substantial reduction in redness. Soothes irritated and dehydrated skin due to sunburn, chemical peels, laser treatments, and harsh environmental conditions. And I see this right away after my LED mask, Retin-A when I wash it off with my sonic and use the serum and Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer my flakes and redness GONE!! The price retails for $24.95. Get the kit!!!

Essential Anti-Puff Eye Gel with CoQ10 &

By now if you’ve read my articles I am usually all about the eye cream. Well, this one is like a depuffer. Perfect for dark circles around your eyes in the morning. It pumps the product on a metal-like ball that is really cooling, refreshing, and like a massage for your under eye and surrounding area. No burning sensation at all. No smell. Really refreshing. This lightweight cooling gel can be easily combined with other moisturizers or sun protection formulas. It includes a blend of Essential Oils that help decongest puffy eyes. Clinical results have shown that 65% of subjects had a decrease in eye bag thickness after 28 days. Testing also indicated a 25% reduction of capillary permeability. It retails for $24.95. Like I said, “Buy the Kit!’ They offer several kits actually if the 4-pack is too much for you. While the 4-step kit is the better deal, there are also 2-pack kits that would be a great place to start. And it is on sale right now!

AHA Marine Firming Masque with Bentonite Clay

I simply love the masque. It is like most bentonite masks I own. The ingredients have the marine firming which I really like. I got a slight tingle. But these clay masks are so important to detox your face. I do them once a week.

This skin care is so synergistic and works well with the c-serum and the essence I paired it with. It works amazingly well just with Sanseti’s beautiful line of skin care. The cleanser has AHA. Which is amazing for your skin. I have been using my Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser and toner. I highly recommend the 4 step kit! I will be repurchasing the moisturizer and peptide serum. A must.

Thank you Sanseti you now are part of my favorite skin care that I will repurchase and rotate in my beauty regimen!

~Tiffany♥

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Three Cloud Forests to Visit 0 7471

Cloud forests are unique ecosystems that are located in mostly tropical areas at high altitudes. These forests have high levels of cloud cover, precipitation, and very temperate climates. The cloud-cover leads to high levels of precipitation which is taken directly from the clouds. Cloud forests have especially high levels of biodiversity which are home to an incredible number of unique plants and animals. Cloud forests are extremely rare ecosystems that cover around 0.14% of the planet’s land surface. These mystical forests are extremely important to maintaining biodiversity, but sadly many species are in danger of disappearing due to climate change. These fragile forests are worth a visit and worth advocating for change to help save these natural plant and animal havens.

Mindo-Cloud-Forest
Credit: The Globetrotting Teacher

Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is a preserved paradise in the clouds found just a couple of hours from the capital city of Quito. It is situated where two of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world meet, in the western foothills of the Andes. The convergence of bio-diversity provides for a wealth of possible activities to enjoy the surrounding nature. Topping the list is the journey to the waterfall sanctuary which includes a cable car journey with epic views over the top of the forest and hikes to seven impressive waterfalls. Enjoy bird watching as the cloud forest is home to about 350 unique species. Check out the organic coffee farm or for a bit more adrenaline, raft down the river that runs through the village, or even enjoy a ziplining journey through the forest for more breathtaking views. Wake up amongst the nature in charming tree-house style accommodations that are situated around the center of this quiet village.

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico
Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Located within the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Cerro Huitepec is an extinct volcano which has a cloud forest located in the upper part of the reserve. This cloud forest is quite untouched with no resorts or accommodations inside the reserve. A trip to the cloud forest here consists of a simple hike but truly allows you to experience the importance of a rainforest. As you descend on the cloud forest, the temperature drops, the moisture increases, and the light diminishes as the trees are reaching high into the sky to compete for light. Clouds suspend over the forest and the more than 100 different species of birds are profoundly heard throughout the forest. The cloud forest is just 5km from San Cristobal de las Casas which has plenty of accommodation and has many other activities in the surrounding area.

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica
Credit: Two Weeks in Costa Rica

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica

Situated on the continental divide where the Pacific and Atlantic slopes collide, Monteverde is the probably the world’s most visited and well-known cloud forest. It is a cloud forest reserve that encompasses an astonishing 10,500 hectares (25,945 acres) of land. There is an impressive amount of wildlife to be spotted amongst this clouded forest due to the diversity of ecosystems found on the reserve. There are over 100 different mammals like white-faced monkeys, 120 amphibians and reptiles, and over 500 different species of birds. Scientists say there are still many undiscovered species living on the reserve. There are trails that lead to views of the continental divide, waterfalls, and the famous hanging bridge overlooking the canopy of trees.

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