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Help John Wurdeman from Pheasant’s Tears rebuild his family home in Georgia

For those who listened to Episode 73 of The Vincast you would have heard about John Wurdeman, an American-born artist that fell in love with (and in) Georgia, and moved there many years ago. Since then he started being more involved with Georgian culture and history, helping preserve their traditional polyphonic singing, and making authentic wine under Pheasant’s Tears.

Last week John and his wife Ketevan tragically lost their family home, countless possessions (including some of John’s art), and priceless memories, to fire. Thankfully none of the family nor anyone else was in the blaze. They are however in serious need of assistance to rebuild their home, and as supporters of my blog and podcast, you would be doing myself, John and his entire family a great thing if you could make a small donation to their rebuilding fund.

You can find the link here, there has already been a huge outpouring of support and donations from the wine loving community around the world. If you haven’t listened to my chat with John on The Vincast I highly recommend it.

John Wurdeman from Pheasant's Tears

John Wurdeman from Pheasant’s Tears

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The Vincast with John Wurdeman from Pheasant’s Tears

After discovering a CD of Georgian polyphonic singing in a second-hand record store in Richmond Virginia, John Wurdeman was amazed many years later to randomly enjoy a private performance of the group on the CD visiting Georgia. At the time he was studying art in Moscow, but after visiting Georgia he decided he would settle there and pursue the life of an artist. After many years preserving traditional Georgian polyphonic singing whilst based in the town of Tibaani, John was offered (bullied) into making some wine with the same ideals of preserving tradition. This was how Pheasant’s Tears was born, and since 2007 John has been involved with not only taking Georgian wine to the world, but also introducing visitors to Georgian life and culture.

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John Wurdeman from Pheasant's Tears

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