Tag Archives: Soviet Union

• 25 Good Reasons for Drinking on the Job

25 Good Reasons for Drinking on the Job

1) It`s an incentive to show up. 2) It reduces stress. 3) It leads to more honest communications. 4) It reduces complaints about low pay. 5) It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover. 6) Employees tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear. 7) It helps […]

• Love beer? Take a beer bath – the latest in alternative medicine

Love beer? Take a beer bath – the latest in alternative medicine

KONOPKIVKA, Ukraine — Here at the Medobory Sanatorium in western Ukraine, visitors come not only to take “the waters,” but also “the beer.” Not to drink, of course, but to bathe in. Beer baths are just one of many unorthodox theraputic procedures offered by this no-frills, post-Soviet spa just 12 miles outside the regional center […]

• Russia’s latest weapon in war on alcoholism: wine

Russia’s latest weapon in war on alcoholism: wine

Russians still scoff at Mikhail Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign that saw Soviet troops tearing down vineyards – but which only drove hardened drinkers’ determination to concoct their own booze. A quarter of a century later the Kremlin is considering subtler, market-oriented methods to fight alcoholism that could give a boost to the domestic wine industry even […]

• Stalin’s top red wine tickles our palates

Stalin’s top red wine tickles our palates

IT was the favourite tipple of Joseph Stalin but Georgian-born winemaker Lado Uzunashvili is quick to distance himself from the Russian dictator, not to mention Russia itself, when it comes to discussing one of the world’s oldest grape varieties, saperavi. Saperavi has been grown in the former Soviet republic of Georgia for thousands of years. […]

• Bored of Bordeaux? Napa no longer dapper?

Bored of Bordeaux? Napa no longer dapper?

If you stand in the supermarket aisles for hours on end trying to decide between a Merlot and Chablis, then why not give your traditional wine choices a miss altogether and go for something a little more exciting? Here are our top five best and most unusual choices of world wines from 5 unusual wine […]

• Georgia fights US for favourite wine of Stalin

Georgia fights US for favourite wine of Stalin

Georgia is fighting to win back the trademark for Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s favourite brand of red wine in the United States. The country’s patent office is in negotiations with US-based company Dozortsev and Sons, which currently has the exclusive right to sell the semi-sweet Georgian wine, called Khvanchkara, in the US. “A monopoly for […]

• Up for something new? Remember ether? Try an ether cocktail

Up for something new? Remember ether? Try an ether cocktail

Ether is a neglected drug. This is surprising given its effects are so similar to alcohol (the world’s most popular vice), its popularity throughout the 19th century, and its low cost. Mike Jay, the curator of the Wellcome’s exhibition High Society, notes that “Apart from the omnipresent alcohol, ether was one of the most widely […]

• Hurry. "Alcohol Policy in Tsarist Russia" exhibition in St. Petersburg closing soon

Hurry. "Alcohol Policy in Tsarist Russia" exhibition in St. Petersburg closing soon

The Russian State Historical Archive in St.Petersburg presents the exhibition Alcohol Policy in Tsarist Russia. For the first time it fully displays archive documents on alcohol industry regulations during the pre-revolutionary period and the Soviet years. Thus, for example, among the exhibits there are tsar’s decrees about introduction of alcohol payoff system or the prohibition […]