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Tag Archives: Russia

• Bizarre claim that Putin bought cult winery prove false

Bizarre claim that Putin bought cult winery prove false

Winemaker Peter Sisseck has denied bizarre claims that he sold Dominio de Pingus vines to Russian president Vladimir Putin so the leader could plant them in the grounds of his Spanish mansion. According to the Olive Press, an English newspaper based in Spain, the Russian leader had planted a vineyard at his multi million euro mansion […]

• Putin: Vodka Prices To Stay Low Through Economic Crisis. Very considerate.

Putin: Vodka Prices To Stay Low Through Economic Crisis. Very considerate.

Having turned into a meme over the past few years for his overly manly image, the latest news about the Russian Federation’s president might just make him even more iconic to the Internet: for Vladimir Putin, vodka is such a top economic priority that he’s not allowing the drink to raise its prices. Ever since […]

• Gerard Depardieu sez he can drink 14 bottles of wine a day

Gerard Depardieu sez he can drink 14 bottles of wine a day

The prolific character actor Gerard Depardieu made headlines when he decided to leave his native country of France behind and become a citizen of Russia due to the high taxes in France. Depardieu is back in the news again with stories about how much wine he can drink. NewKerala.com reported on Sept. 13, 2014 that […]

• Russia’s Presidential Staff Buys a Million Bottles of European Wine

Russia’s Presidential Staff Buys a Million Bottles of European Wine

While Russia was publicly wading into a war of words and sanctions with the West this year, the presidential administration bought more than a million bottles of wine from Europe — stocking up on more than its staff can possibly drink or serve out at receptions, a news report said. Wine is not included in a ban of food imports from the European Union and other Western powers that Moscow introduced […]

• David Duchovny Defends ‘pro-Russian’ Beer Ad

David Duchovny Defends ‘pro-Russian’ Beer Ad

Former X-Files actor, David Duchovny, has defended his decision to appear in a Russian beer ad which appears to support its controversial president, Vladimir Putin, exacerbating political tensions between the US and Russia. The commercial, promoting beer brand Siberian Crown, sees the actor ponder how his life might have been different had he grown up […]

• Russians want Gérard Depardieu to lead Crimean wine agency

Russians want Gérard Depardieu to lead Crimean wine agency

Russian politicians are lobbying officials in Crimea to establish a new body to oversee wine production in the region and name actor Gerard Depardieu head of the group. Members of Russia’s parliament have called on Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov to set up a local agency so officials can ensure the maximum growth potential of […]

• Putin’s private wine cellars so vast, you need a car. Take a tour

Putin’s private wine cellars so vast, you need a car. Take a tour

The Moldovan cellars where Vladmir Putin keeps his wine are so big you need to drive through them, writes Simon Howland. CNN’s Pat Kinsella was recently given a tour of Moldova’s state owned Cricova wine cellars and was allowed to handle some of the Russian President’s private stocks. The Russian leader keeps a private selection […]

• Russia Plans $1bn Investment in Crimean Wine Industry

Russia Plans $1bn Investment in Crimean Wine Industry

The Russian Government plans to invest up to RUB30bn ($1bn) for the development of wine industry in the recently annexed Crimean and Caucasian regions. The investment plans are set to receive approval at an upcoming meeting of the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev-led government, reported Decanter. Crimea currently has vineyards in 31,000ha in the region that […]

• Seriously Good Georgian Wines. The Republic of Georgia That Is.

Seriously Good Georgian Wines. The Republic of Georgia That Is.

You wouldn’t have thought but just a few hours from Sochi one of the world’s great wine regions is starting to produce seriously good juice again. Jordan Salcito on the Georgian wine revival. The Republic of Georgia is a mere 260 miles south of Sochi, along the Black Sea. That’s slightly longer than the distance […]

• Russian Beer Can Features Victorious Hockey Player Stealing Canadian Player’s Girlfriend

Russian Beer Can Features Victorious Hockey Player Stealing Canadian Player’s Girlfriend

A Russian Beer company released a special edition can. It features a Russian hockey player helping a lovely young figure skater lace up her skates, as defeated Canadians look on with simmering jealousy. Just in case you were wondering which competition the home nation will be focused on at this Olympics…

• Über Marketers, BrewDog, launches ‘Anti-Putin’ beer

Über Marketers, BrewDog, launches ‘Anti-Putin’ beer

Madcap Scottish craft brewers, BrewDog, has launched a “protest beer” aimed at Vladimir Putin and Russia’s laws on homosexuality. “Hello My Name is Vladimir Putin” is an 8.2% double IPA with Russian limonnik berries and, according to the label, “traces of sarcasm”. The label features an Andy Warhol inspired collage of Putin’s face wearing make-up […]

• Vodka Blamed For High Death Rates In Russia. Duh.

Vodka Blamed For High Death Rates In Russia. Duh.

The high number of early deaths in Russia is mainly due to people drinking too much alcohol, particularly vodka, research suggests. The study, in The Lancet, says 25% of Russian men die before they are 55, and most of the deaths are down to alcohol. The comparable UK figure is 7%. Causes of death include […]

• Why John Kerry Wants You to Drink Moldovan Wine

Why John Kerry Wants You to Drink Moldovan Wine

John Kerry was in Moldova today, among other reasons to promote its wine. As the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Moldova since James Baker went there in 1992, Kerry toured a winery and sampled its wares, unveiling a new label that will adorn Moldovan wines sold abroad. He announced a trade mission that […]

• Holy crap. Wine shortage looms. Drink it while you can.

Holy crap. Wine shortage looms. Drink it while you can.

Attention wine lovers: savor every last sip, as researchers say there may be a global shortage looming. Wine prices could shoot up because of a fall in production and growing thirst for wine among Chinese and Americans, Morgan Stanley research said in a report Wednesday. World production peaked in 2004, with an excess of 600 […]

• Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

We’ve mixed it with OJ, hidden it in flasks, refilled parents’ bottles with water. But where did vodka come from? Take a good look at the vodka section of your local liquor store. On the upper shelves you’ll find shimmering glass bottles of all shapes and sizes originating from every corner of the world. Vodka […]