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Church Street Vineyards & Winery
508-822-77755
573 Church St
Raynham, MA

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Plymouth Bay Winery
(508) 746-2100
114 Water Street
Plymouth, MA

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Plymouth Winery
170 Water Street, Suite 10C
Plymouth, MA

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Plymouth Colony Winery
(508) 747-3334
Pinewood Road (Rte 44)
Plymouth, MA

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Running Brook Vineyards
(508) 985-1998
335 Old Fall River Road
North Dartmouth, MA
 
Via Della Chiesa Vineyards
(508) 822-7775
513 Church Street
Raynham, MA

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Plymouth Winery
(508) 746-3532
170 Water
Plymouth, MA
 
Plymouth Colony Winery
(508) 747-3334
56 Pinewood Road
Plymouth, MA
 
Running Brook Vineyard And Winery
(508) 985-1998
335 Old Fall Rv Rd North
Dartmouth, MA
 
High Hill Vineyard & Winery
(508) 995-9400
644 Fraunce Corner Rd
North Dartmouth, MA

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New in America: Georgian Sparkling Wine from Bagrationi

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Mike Potashnik Bagrationi 1882 is the best known of Georgian (country, not the state) sparkling wine makers. It used to be that Russia imported a lot of it. But that nasty little war last summer put an end to Russian imports from Georgia, and Bagrationi is now aggressively developing new markets, including the US beginning this year. That’s all to the benefit of the US consumer, who now has the opportunity to taste what most Russians would still like to be drinking.

Georgian Prince Ivane Bagrationi-Mukhraneli began producing sparkling wine in Georgia in 1882 using the méthode Champenoise. Bagrationi is an historic dynasty which ruled the Georgian kingdoms until Russian annexation in the early 19th century. However, Georgian wine-making goes back a long way, eight thousand years by some accounts, and it’s believed the modern word for wine stems from the Georgian word for wine, gvhino.

Bagrationi sparkling wine is made from indigenous grapes—Tsitska, Chinuri, Goruli Mtsvane, Mtsvane Kakhuri and Saperavi—from the best winegrowing regions of Georgia—Kartli, Imereti, and Kakheti. Bagrationi’s tête de cuvée—the 2007 Royal Cuvée—is made from grapes grown in the Kartli region in the Mtkvari River gorge.

The non-vintage Bagrationi sparklers compete very well in flavor and style with Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco. The vintage wines are more complex and layered and compare favorably with their New World counterparts. In general, these wines are very well made and clean tasting, with medium complexity and a pleasantly dry finish.

Detailed tasting notes on these sparklers follow. For more on sparkling wines generally, consult the i-WineReview Report #14 : The World of Sparkling Wines and Champagne.

Bagrationi NV Classic Brut ($14) 87

This is a very clean sparkling wine made from Chinebuli, Tsitska, and Mtsvane grapes using the méthode Charmat. Lightly aromatic, it has fine bubbles. It is very clean and crisp on the palate, with light green apple flavors. It is light in style, Prosecco-like, and dry, even on the finish.

Bagrationi NV Extra Dry ($14) 87

This is a fairly simple sparkler that despite its name is really quite dry. There are light citrus scents, a creamy mousse, and a slightly off-dry palate with light citrus flavors. It finishes clean and dry. Would make a good, and unique, wedding reception sparkler.

Bagrationi 2007 Reserve Brut ($26) 89

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