I have expected to experience the renowned Georgian hospitality and elaborate wine greeting rituals only when I arrive in Tbilisi in one week’s time. However, fate determined that I should share my London-to-Yerevan flight row with a Georgian lady and a Canadian doctor. Before long we were chatting like old friends and when the cabin crew served wine, I was given a preliminary introduction into the rites of "gaumarjos". The Canadian chap was going to spend 4 days in Tbilisi, on business. Too short, the Georgian lady declared, as you will spend two days drinking, 2 days recovering from the hangover, and you have no more days left for your work.