Whenever a vine grows, its fronds interwine with countless human stories. Man’s labour brings forth drink from the vine and poets sing its praises. Kings and fools together marvel at the wisdom it bestows.
Along the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountain range, in today's Georgia, archaeological finds have confirmed that people here were making wine as early as 6,000 B.C. Even a glance at Georgia's contemporary wine-making culture reveals that the methods have not changed much since then. In this long, unbroken tradition, the world has inherited two main methods of making wine: the European one, in wooden barrels—and the Georgian one, in clay qvevris buried in the earth. Nowhere else has a nation's culture and history been so closely linked to the vine, and nowhere else has a nation struggled so hard to survive.
Untamed is an invitation to understand this unique relationship between Georgians and their wine; to explore different grapes and terroirs, and to discover the joy-filled philosophy of a small nation that has so much to offer the world.
Author: Anna Saldadze
SULAKAURI PUBLISHING, 2018
Be My Guest Georgian recipe for cooking success
Be My Guest is a book of remarkable stories and delicious recipes created by Georgians living abroad, who achieved fame and success in their other careers. It reveals how genuine imaginative talent finds expression in all levels of life - and for Georgians, at the table in particular. Whether a hero of the Napoleonic wars; the founder of the New York City Ballet; a Hollywood muse of New York night-club owner, this book unveils the inner workings of Georgia's mastery of hospitality - from the richness of the food's natural ingredients to their carefully selected dishes, thence the accompanying art of toast-making.
"If one tried to describe Georgia using one single word, the right word would definitely be 'hospitality'."
Authors: Anna Saldadze & David Gigauri
SULAKAURI PUBLISHING, 2018
What is it about Paris?
Paris and fashion: a story of love and alchemy. For centuries, this city has been the undisputed capital of elegance and style. Why? Does it still set the standards?
Fifteen Paris-based fashion designers, from France and elsewhere, take us through the city’s streets, along the banks of the Seine and into squares and courtyards, to catch its special aura. They explain how this atmosphere steeped in history influences their work, referencing the mythic past of Saint Germain des Prés, the influence of the New Wave and the emergence of buzzing new neighbourhoods. Naturally, they dwell on that much-admired and fantasised feminine figure: the Parisienne.
Through a series of leisurely question-and-answer interviews, this book reveals fashion’s complex relationship with Paris today. One thing is for certain: the city has an abiding love for style and culture – and it’s mutual.