Master of the Toast in Georgia (VIDEO)
At a Georgian feast, the toasting doesn’t just stray into the emotional realm of family, friendship, honor, life and love – it marches directly in and sets up camp.
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Here, host John Wurdeman raises a toast to family at his Tbilisi restaurant. He begins by saying, “A stone that grows stronger with time is limerock…Cement decays over time, but limerock only becomes stronger.”
As everyone drinks the wonderful Georgian wine, the toasts seem to become more and more brilliant and fitting – necessary, even. The language of the heart is spoken at a Georgian feast, and anyone who has a heart can hear and respond.
Travel to Georgia with MIR
The little country of Georgia is a gorgeous place boasting fabulous food, music and mountains – everything you could wish for in a destination. MIR has more than 30 years of unmatched destination expertise and travel planning experience, hand-crafting tours to Georgia and the South Caucasus since 1986.
Discover the Georgian art of toasting at a Georgian Table feast during these MIR small group tours:
- A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture
- Treasures of the South Caucasus
- Village Traditions of the South Caucasus
If you’re interested in traveling through Georgia on your dates and at your pace, MIR can handcraft a private journey of Georgia, customized to your desired dates and style as well as several private independent trip itineraries:
(Top photo: A toast in the Pheasant’s Tears vineyard, Signagi, Georgia. Photo credit: Mariana Noble)
PUBLISHED: May 13, 2015