Exploring the Wine Glass

A is for Areni on Winephabet Street

March 28, 2022

It’s Monday, Let’s raise a glass to the beginning of another week. It’s time to unscrew, uncork or saber a bottle and let’s begin Exploring the Wine Glass! Today we return to Winephabet Street where the letter of the day is A! We begin Season 3 with Areni. Areni Noir, also known as simply Areni, is a largely unknown ancient grape variety. The Areni grape is believed to come from the village of Areni in southwest Armenia, from which it obtained its name. 

 In 2011, during excavations of a cave within the village of Areni was, archaeologists discovered the oldest known winery in the world. Analysis of grape seeds and stems found in the cave indicated that the winery was at least 6,100 years old. Wine found in the amphorae proved to be Areni. 

Our special guest this episode is Stepan Baghdassarian, owner of Wines of Armenian dot com. He shares three bottles that demonstrate the various expressions Areni can be found as well as a bit of history and what a wine lover can expect while sipping on Areni. 

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