Free Georgian Wine Tasting & Tunes!

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Boy do we have a treat in store next Thursday…

Sample Georgian wine from Pheasant’s Tears with its maker, John Wurdeman. A Richmond native with a passion for art & wine, learn from the maker himself take advantage of his knowledge!

Once you fall in love with what you sample, enjoy specials by the glass at the bar in The Beet Café while the Zedashe Ensemble, a traditional Georgian polyphonic band, serenades the patio!

Discover more about John & the Zedashe Ensemble here:

John is a practicing painter who studied at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, MD, then transferred to the Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow were he finished his MFA in 1998.  John first came to Georgia in 1995 in search of singers that practiced the ancient art of Georgian polyphony.  In 1996 John purchased a house in Sighnaghi, Georgia, a town famous for the arts with beautiful views and in the center of the wine region.  In 1998 John moved to Sighnaghi to live full time.  John divides his time between his two passions – wine and art – and finds the two go quite well together.  He lives in Sighnaghi with his wife Ketevan and two children Lazare and Gvantsa.”

The Zedashe Ensemble, also performing on Saturday the 10th at the Folk Festival, is a vocal and dance group based in the eastern medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, Caucasus Georgia.  Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili (John’s wife!), the ensemble was founded in the mid-1990’s to sing polyphonic chants, unique to Georgia, that were largely lost during the Communist era. The complex three-part melodies date back to pre-Christian times and comprise music sung for the Orthodox liturgical services. Zedashe’s repertoire also includes folk songs, instrumental melodies and accompanying dances, which were collected from old publications and learned from village song-masters from around the many diverse regions of the country.

The group’s name is taken from the special earthenware jugs – zedashes – that were buried under the family home for the purpose of making wine. The wine made in zedashes was especially for the veneration of ancestors, and the tapping of the zedashe every year carried great ritual significance.

We invite you to take part in this unique cultural experience, blending wine, music and art!

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