I was so pleasantly surprised trying Armenian wines for the first time this year! What is so exciting in the world of wine, is that there are so many places that produce it, and ancient varietals are still growing in many parts of the world. Thanks to Storica Wines, I was able to taste the wines from this area of the world for the first time ever!
Storica was founded to share Armenia’s wines and stories with wine lovers like us. Armenia is known as one of the birth places for wine, and the wines have a modern expression but are made form indigenous grapes, grown over 6,000 years ago! These wines are old world in style with a modern finesse, thats ideal for many different cuisines. From sparkling to rosé, as well as white and red wines, Armenia offers wine for every wine lover and I absolutely recommend trying some of these.
I began tasting the Keush Origins, which my shih tzu Cali enjoyed photo-bombing the picture of. This wine is just gorgeous, and is a methode traditionnelle sparkling wine form the Vayots Dzor in Armenia. The wines are 100 years old, that are used to produce this wine, and grow at 1800 meters above sea level (that’s high elevation!). Made from Khatoun Kharji and Voskehat grape varietals, this beautiful bubbly is bright and full of citrus, white flowers, and great acidity! Theres some salinity on the finish, and it’s just lovely. This wine is great as an aperitif but also can be paired with soft cheeses, creamy pasta dishes, sushi, and more.
Another winery which I have been loving their wines, is Zulal. Founded in 2017 by Aimee Keushguerian, who loves working with lesser-known grape varietals, to showcase the diversity and history of Armenia’s wines. They produce about 10,000 cases of wine annually, and I really enjoyed the Areni 2018 as well as the Reserve 2018. I did have the pleasure of also tasting the Voskehat, a beautiful white wine which is dry, medium bodied, and full of honeysuckle, herbs, and pears. Nice apple and ripe white fruits come through on the finish. This wine is ideal for a warm summer day, paired with grilled fish, shrimp and grits, or a delightful seafood tower!
The Areni 2018 is one of Armenia’s leading grape varietals. This wine is aromatic with nice red fruit on the nose, following through to the palate with delicious cherries, plums, and some savory spice. It’s quite refreshing and had great acidity, that makes it a really captivating wine. I enjoyed this one so much, just sipping it on it’s own, and then pairing with some Tapas of roasted mushrooms, chorizo sausage, olives, and cheeses. I love wines like this that can pair with many different flavors and just make for a fun and simply delicious at home happy hour wine.
The Zulal Reserve 2018 is a gorgeous wine as well. Matured in French and Caucasian Oak Barrels, it’s an alluring and concentrated wine that’s fantastic for all year round. Now that summer is coming however, this wine can easily be enjoyed with bbq because of it’s spice notes and refreshing acidity. The tannins are smooth and the red fruit is nice and forward, also making this wine great with Mediterranean cuisine, Korean BBQ, and Beef.
If you’re seeking some new wines to try, I absolutely recommend trying some from Armenia. I was wildly impressed by all the wines I tasted, and think they are great conversation pieces for your next dinner party or get together. You can purchase the wines and find out more on Storicawines.com.
Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!