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                                                                                                                              Prior to this interview, I had already visited         what are you talking about? Give me some
                                                                                                                              the Georgian monastery of Alaverdi, talked             red instead!" To which he said: "No, try this
                                                                                                                              to the co-founder of Badagoni, and knew that           one first." And then something unimaginable
                                                                                                                              Donato Lanati, who worked with them, was               happened to me for the first time in my life —
                                                                                                                              a world-renowned Italian oenologist and winner         for the entire night I drank that sparkling
                                                                                                                              of the international Oscar del Vino award. Plus,       Badagoni Sexton Brut, nothing else.
                                                                            Interview by Oleg Cherne                          I was aware that Wine Enthusiast magazine listed       So I exclaimed: "I positively must see Donato!"
                                                                                                                              him among the top 5 best oenologists in the world.     So unusual and unexpected the drink was
       Donato Lanati                                                                                                          as he was already a renowned expert, he dared          The following course of events was also quite
                                                                                                                              He created a one-of-a-kind research center, and
                                                                                                                                                                                     for me, and he was the key to it all.
                                                                                                                              to accept a new challenge: he travelled
                                                                                                                                                                                     unusual: before the interview, as signor
                                                                                                                              to Georgia, where he had never been before,
                                                                                                                              in order to learn more about its ancient tradition
                                                                                                                                                                                     I was turning into champagne as well. What
                                                                                                                              of winemaking and create truly supreme wine.           Donato showed me around his lab, I felt like
                                                                                                                                                                                     I mean here is that our talk in his lab filled me
        Special Oenology Forces                                                                                               However, interviewing him wasn't on my list            with effervescent bubbles of excitement...
                                                                                                                              of priorities until one day when the co-founder
                                                                                                                                                                                     And you know, no one but him has ever got
                                                                                                                              of Badagoni, Georgi Salakaya, invited me               me in the mood for an interview quite like
                                                                                                                              to his house and said: "I'd like you to try my         that before!
                                                                                                                              champagne." I responded: "Oh, come on,
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