As we gear up for the festive season, it’s time to think about unique twists we can add to our favorite holiday dishes. This year, why not give your Christmas smoked salmon recipes a delightful Georgian twist with the exquisite white wine Mtsvane?
Mtsvane: A Revived Historical Gem
Mtsvane, which translates to ‘green’ in Georgian, is an exciting historic variety of grape that nearly faced extinction during Soviet times. Fortunately, this exceptional grape is now being replanted, celebrated for its high quality and appealing flavour profile. The dry white wines produced from Mtsvane grapes are known for their refreshing lift, combining richness and a creamy texture that adds an extra layer of complexity to the palate.
The Perfect Pair: Mtsvane and Smoked Salmon
The unique qualities of Mtsvane wine make it a wonderful companion to the salty, textured richness of smoked salmon, a classic Christmas delicacy. The wine’s balance of crisp freshness and creamy richness complements the smoky flavours of the salmon, creating a harmonious and luxurious taste experience.
Georgian Appellation Wines: Manavi and Beyond
One notable example of Mtsvane wine is the Georgian appellation wine Manavi. Made from grapes grown on the sunny slopes of the Caucasus, Manavi exemplifies the distinctive characteristics of Mtsvane. A particularly outstanding producer of Manavi is Giuaani, whose wines are available in the UK from 80-20 Shops.
Accessible Elegance: Marks and Spencer’s “Found” Range
For those looking for a more accessible option, Marks and Spencer’s “Found” range includes a gorgeously vibrant Mtsvane for just £9. This wine is not only budget-friendly but also rich in flavor, with notes of citrus, peach, apple blossom, and sage, making it a perfect pick for those seeking to experiment with new wine pairings this Christmas.
This holiday season, embrace the unique and historic Mtsvane wine to elevate your Christmas meals. Its delightful pairing with smoked salmon and its fascinating backstory offer a conversation starter and a taste of Georgian winemaking heritage. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a festive foodie, Mtsvane is a must-try addition to your holiday table.