02 October 2006

Try the Wine of Freedom

Today's Diena includes commentary by the veteran columnist Askolds Rodins, "Gruzijas mugurkauls" ("Georgia's backbone," in Latvian). Georgia and Moldova, small countries whose sovereignty has been crippled by so-called "frozen conflicts," are the two primary beneficiaries of Latvian development aid.

In English, David McDuff's blog is one of the best spots on the Internet for those following the most recent of Russia's attempts to recapture its sphere of influence.

David notes that Gennady Onishchenko, Russia’s chief health inspector, used the term “territorial-national formation” when describing Georgia -- Russia destroyed 70 000 liters of Georgian-produced alcohol last week.

The photograph is from an article in Ukrayinska Pravda (available in English) anent a Kyiv ad campaign for Georgian wine ("banned in Russia!"). Bearing in mind that the "cartoon scandal" may have actually helped the Danish economy (which The Guardian seems unhappy about), I recommend opposing Russia's renascent imperialist ambitions by buying Georgian wine. Georgia produces some of the best wines I've ever savored.

Update: the crisis continues to escalate, with Lt. Col. Putin issuing "shoot to kill" orders. Besides David's blog, a good place to keep up with events is the UNA-Georgia Magazine.


Blogger jams o donnell said...

I will have to see what Georgian wine is available here. I don't think I've ever had any. I will have to remedy that situation!

Thaks for the link to David McDuff's blog. It looks excellent.

03 October, 2006 00:15  
Blogger Pēteris Cedriņš said...

It is available in the UK from Fareham Wine Cellar. I highly recommend the Tamada Saperavi. The prices are about what they are here -- pretty steep, unfortunately.

03 October, 2006 06:08  
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09 October, 2006 22:09  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Russia is heading increasingly toward Great Russia mentality. In times of peril, it strengthens itself inwardly. Outlaw capitalism is running amok.

I'm a tea totaler. I don't drink alcohol. I'll just give political support as I can.

11 October, 2006 21:58  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I can't picture Russians turning down any alcohol.

04 November, 2006 04:44  
Blogger David McDuff said...

It's quite a coincidence that "the other David McDuff" has written about wine on his literary blog, as I, David McDuff, write ostensibly about wine and food at McDuff's Food & Wine Trail.


14 April, 2007 14:30  

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