Local Heart, Global Soul

October 6, 2019

Not Sure If I Would Ever Drink To That…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Design — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Earlier this year Himself and I had dinner with one of Himself’s colleagues, an Armenian lady and her sons. The two boys are adults and help out in her business. so after telephone conversations, texts and emails, it’s nice for them all to put faces to the voices. The Armenian lady bought out a bottle of wine. It wasn’t the wine that was particularly interesting here but rather the label on the bottle. The wine is from Georgia, Armenia’s northern neighbour.  An the unexpected portrait on the front of the bottle?: Stalin!

I always assumed that Stalin was Russian, but in fact he was from Georgia. Although responsible for some of the greatest mass murders of all time, Stalin is still revered by a small percentage of people and his home town lives on the hype of the man (which keeps the local museum open etc.).  Thanks to Hmself for that infomation! Stalin did however murder thousands of Georgians as well as Russians, so there is no love lost for their most notorious countryman in many a Georgian household. Here, this wine celebrates him, but I have to say that it’s weird to see Stalin’s image on a bottle, for me it’s compromible with finding Hitler’s image on a wine bottle… downright creepy.

No, we didn’t open it, this is a special bottlle in the collection of our hostess. There is a little bit of text on the label in English, which reads:” KINDZARAULI”, “Kindzmarauli”  half-sweet, red wine. It is made from Saperavi sort grapes cultivated in  Kvareli district, Kakheti region. The wine has dark red colour and pleasant aroma, It has been produced since 1942.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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