The result? A number of local shops have started carrying Telavi wines, including the Wine Bank and Holiday Wines in Escondido. "We've had a very good response in Washington state," says Mikaberidze, "because there is a significant Russian population there, and a very good distributor picked us up. And we're reaching out in Texas, because they are more open to imported wines." California still tends to drink its own, but Georgia has made local inroads. "We're on the list at Pomegranate, which is a local Georgian restaurant. And the Marine Room and Thee Bungalow. We've also targeted some Asian restaurants, because we feel Georgian wine has the capability to be a good companion to Oriental cuisines. They have a similar background to Georgian cuisine -- the richness of spices, the use of curry and other exotic flavors. And we're expanding to some of the Hispanic restaurants. We don't want to limit ourselves to our home base."