Now, 66 years later, Georgia is at war with the United States in a battle to win back the trademark for Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s favourite brand of red wine.
Georgia’s patent office said that it is in negotiations with US-based company Dozortsev and Sons, over its claim to have exclusive right to sell the semi-sweet Georgian wine in the U.S.
The head of the Georgian patent office, Irakli Gvaladze declared with masterful understatement:
A monopoly for Georgian wines’ trademarks in one private company’s hands may damage the interests of our winemakers
Georgia is not shy when coming forward about it’s vinous credentials and claims to be the birthplace of wine itself, citing archaeological finds which suggest that viniculture may have begun in the country as early as 8,000 years ago even before it reached western Europe.
However the country lost its Russian export market in 2006 when Stalin wannabee Vladimir Putin imposed a ban on Georgian wine just before he sent the tanks in.
Stalin was a mad despotic dictator. He would have admired Vladimir Putin. And then he would have had him shot.