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Wine buff: Be prepared to be amazed by Armenia

One of the oldest wine-growing regions in the world is reviving its ancient traditions

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Neleman Organic Viognier-Verdil 2019

Neleman Organic Viognier-Verdil 2019

1701 Sullerba

1701 Sullerba

Castellore Sicilian Nero D'Avola 2019

Castellore Sicilian Nero D'Avola 2019

Celler del Roure Vermell 2018

Celler del Roure Vermell 2018

Zorah Karasi Areni Noir

Zorah Karasi Areni Noir

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Like most wine writers, I work from home, but that's just the writing bit. When it comes to tasting, it's another matter. Tastings can be large-scale, with a room of over 300 wines to sip, spit and jot notes on, which is not as much fun as you may think, because tasting is very different to drinking, and no, I'm not expecting any sympathy on that.

Sometimes it involves travelling to one of the wine regions around the world, which, again, tends to be a very intense affair, with loads of visits packed tightly into a few days. But it is always enlightening and brings so much to my understanding of wine and, I hope, the way I talk about it to you.

As with everyone, things are very different now, but you can still be transported via the wonders of Zoom. I have never been to Armenia, although I've tasted Armenian wines, so it was fascinating to listen to Zorik Gharibian, the owner of Zorah winery, as he talked through his wines and how he first started out making them in 1999.