Did you know that Georgia produces sparkling wines? No, not the state Georgia, but the country. I didn't either until recently, when I had the chance to taste it's best-known sparkling wine producer, Bagrationi. Founded in 1882 by a Georgian Prince, Bagrationi nonvintage sparklers are fairly new to the US market. With a smooth effervescence, light body, and crisp minerality, Bagrationi is unlike any other bubbly. If you're looking for an affordable, exotic sparkling wine with an unusual clean taste and super-dry finish, I highly recommend you give Bagrationi a chance.
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