Above: Wine bottles in the shop at 8,000 Vintages in Tbilisi, Georgia

When we arrived at the Tbilisi airport, the immigration officer pointed out the window and told us that just a short distance away was where archaeologists discovered evidence of winemaking some 8,000 years earlier. Vineyards flankGeorgia’s capital to this day. The name “Tbilisi” may not have the same connotation as “Napa” or “Beaune,” but it’s as wine-soaked a city as any I’ve ever visited.

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