Saturday, May 06, 2006

Moscow's restaurants pay the price for Georgian wine ban

The Independent

By Andrew Osborn in Moscow

Moscow's most famous Georgian restaurant, Genatsvale, has it all: a mountain stream running through its main dining area, waiters dressed in traditional Caucasian garb, and as much skewered meat and cheese-filled bread as you can eat. However, there is one essential ingredient that is missing: Georgia's exotic wines.
Georgia's most famous export product - intoxicating red and white wines with richly evocative names such as Kvanchkara, Kinzmauruli (Stalin's favourite tipple), Saperavi and Mukuzani - have been outlawed in Russia on health grounds.


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