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twaj
05-11-2003, 06:20
Has anyone else seen the ad on the subways for Moldovan wine that has a cartoon of Moldova as a grove filled with peasants? If you look more closely, you can see that the funniest depictions are in the Transdniestria area - these include:

1. A fortress brimming with shotguns.
2. A soviet soldier fixing a broken plane that looks like an old tractor with wings taped on.
3. (Most hilarious) A peasant, bound, wearing a bunny mask, surrounded by bunnies that are holding shotguns.

DJ Biscuit
05-11-2003, 16:49
Bunnies holding shotguns? Did you drink a lot of Moldovan wine before you saw this?

If it's for real, I gotta see that!!:) :)

sfjohns67
12-11-2003, 14:29
I've been looking for these ads ever since you first posted...do you remember in which metro station you saw them?

machine
12-11-2003, 16:00
I saw it a few days ago on the green line and had a good look of it. There's also a couple of moldovan looking men occupied with squeezing farmgirls breasts. Funny thing, especially when you finally read the name of the wine - Black Monk.

allice
12-11-2003, 16:06
That's one of the worst piece of advertising I've ever seen. I remember the ad perfectly but no way I could tell you the TM of the wine. Because the pic is catchy you don't pay attention to the actual product.

machine
12-11-2003, 16:18
I disagree. The worst piece of advertising gotta be Piaterochka commercials on TV. I hate when I hear their stupid slogans but have to admit - it's catchy, cheap and probably works perfectly.

allice
12-11-2003, 16:28
Well I can't comment on that unfortunately. I don't watch TV too often.

geofizz56
12-11-2003, 16:55
I've tried the wine. Drinkable, but a bit too sweet for me. After trying several of the Moldovan labels, I'm back to the South American - reasonably cheap and reasonably dry.

Polia Ivanova
12-11-2003, 18:17
http://www.laithwaites.co.uk/case.pasp?sku=M1357501&club=LAIT&brand=LAIT&recruit=false&mscssid=EVSEKM8W1C8L9MPDQ6737J1GWWHT0EB5&refer=&fwid=&imi=&rf=false

Haven't tried these ones but these wines won some awards. While in Moscow this July I bought a big 1 l bottle of dry white wine Aligote - the grape variety is quite rare and I found it quite drinkable. I just adore wine made with old good Isabella grape - it smells like strawberries but unfortunately they do not make decent wines from it anymore (or very seldom do) - usaually mixed with something fortified crap.

Being of mature age myself I should admit that before Gorbachev alcohol reforma in 1985 I enjoyed some nice Moldavian wines during our school parties. Bloody Gorbi

machine
12-11-2003, 18:38
Try some wines from Cricova winery but make sure you pay at least 150 for a bottle. Negru de Purcari, for instance - is not bad at all.

rosieredwood
12-11-2003, 19:30
On TV, an ad for MTS/SMS: young man about to leap to his death from a bridge; rescue workers and police gathered around; the young man receives an SMS from his significant other - "I Love You!" (of course with the obligatory exclamation point at the end); he steps away from the ledge, taps a policeman on the shoulder, smiles and into the arms of the slapper he was about to plunge to his death over. THE END. If you don't believe me, check out NTV after 10 pm on weekdays. You'll see it.

rosieredwood
12-11-2003, 19:35
The billboard ads for housing. I think this one has been replaced by another;but, anyway, a real estate company had an ad declaring that "60% of all abortions occur because of lack of housing/living space." The one that replaced it? "(some %) of arguments/rows/disagreements with your mother-in-law (in Russian, the husband's "tyosha") occur because of..." the aforementioned reason.

machine
12-11-2003, 19:44
How about this one - " " or "You'll fit in our coffins without dieting and aerobics" - a funeral house's billboard which brought them 35% increase in profits.

rosieredwood
12-11-2003, 19:47
Originally posted by machine
How about this one - " " or "You'll fit in our coffins without dieting and aerobics" - a funeral house's billboard which apparently brought them 35% increase in profits.

That's just like the old Russian joke: "I'm going to open my own funeral bureau - it's called "Comfortable Coffin".

kniga
12-11-2003, 20:57
The most unexpected billboard ad I have seen is on Malaya Dmitrovka just past 15, and shows a naked man on top of a naked woman (shoulders and heads only) and the man is saying, "We'll have to hurry or we won't have time to make it to the bank." I was so stunned that I forgot to see which bank was being advertised.

irlandka
12-11-2003, 22:04
My favorite part is the "merkii znak" in the word 'welcome' on the poster. Interesting.

machine
12-11-2003, 22:30
Originally posted by irlandka
My favorite part is the "merkii znak" in the word 'welcome' on the poster. Interesting.

Do you mean "miagkii znak"?

bibliofil
13-11-2003, 09:33
Talking about Moldovian wines.

All these black monks, red nuns, old gits are anything but dry wine.

As smb correclty said good wine is produced by Cricova, Purkar and under trade mark Moe liubimoe vino (but not all regions).

In my humble opinion, Moldovian wines are better consumed young. They do not have much body but they are also low on tanin (one of reasons I don't like georgian wines).

Very good for summer but to last you in those long dark winter nights you might wish for something stronger.

In order of preference red wines: Cabernet-Sauvignon, Codru, Merlot, Pino. In Moscow shops ordinary wines cost around 80-100 rur, marochnye (not always better) 120-160rur.

Enjoy it.

Edith
13-11-2003, 10:34
I liked on Dvitrovskoe Shosse, An Intelligent Heated Floor??? Scary!
I also love the political ads, especially the 3 pregnant mums breeding for the continuation of the Union of Right Forces.:D

kniga
14-11-2003, 18:22
Edith,

Uh, dear lady, I believe the translation of your " on Dvitrovskoe Shosse, An Intelligent Heated Floor??? is more likely, "Hot sex with intellect"...

sunday
14-11-2003, 22:59
Maybe, I am too late to add my pennyworth on this subject, but just let me say I find all - yes, all - Moldovan wines the worst I have tasted in a life time of tippling! How DO they manage to make them taste so foul?

Speaking more generally, the price/quality equation in the Russian wine market is very depressing for a wine lover. It seems the wine-growing nations have a ready market here for all their dregs. However, if some of you like the stuff, what can I say? De gustibus non est disputandum, as the ancients had it.

machine
14-11-2003, 23:11
He-he, that is so true. I remember asking a salesgirl in one supermarket if they carried Sovietskoe Shampanskoe Brut and she answered: - Why would you even want this crap - get a sweet one or semisweet at least. :)

Polia Ivanova
15-11-2003, 00:38
I think there always be disagreement between the wine lovers preferring 100 and above bucks a bottle to commercial wine and I can understand it.
If you know what happened in 1985 after Gorbachov declared war to drinking in Russno Soviet Union. Communist leaders could not do it in moderation and vineyards in Moldova were almost completely destroyed. It is on the top of all under investment in consumer products typical for socialist countries which caused degradation of technology Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian wines really tasteI wouldnt say worse they are more plain they do not have character which is I think is also the feature of Moldavian wines.
I do not really know why all this chemical stuff called wine is so popular, but similar Bormotukha was for sale in soviet times, although not at the same scale. But sometimes nice dry wines were popping up for really good relieve I remember really good quality wine made with Isabella it was experience of the century for me. Everybody who tried the grape will agree. Still cannot forget Moldovian Riesling of 80s not very smelly and very dry just right for fishy dishes.
Bormotukha is popular because Russians drinks not for good health and gourmet enjoyment but to get drunk ASAP. Promoting healthy GENUINE wine drinking could improve situation but wine-concoction mafia will be against it.

tamibliss
15-11-2003, 01:07
I was in Moldovia earlier this year. I am not a wine expert, but I really liked what I was served. By the end of my 2 days' trip I consumed about 4 liters of real good stuff. I especially liked home-made wine despite its intense red-blueish color. Had to brush my teeth too often tho, but that was ok.

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twaj
15-11-2003, 06:48
In Yaroslavl, ads for the Communist Party were all over the place. Here - nada. I only see Yabloko and U.R. - the parties of the business-minded dreamers and the technocracy, probably. All Moldovan and Abkhazian wine I've had has been very sweet.

machine
17-11-2003, 00:22
Originally posted by twaj
I only see Yabloko and U.R. - the parties of the business-minded dreamers and the technocracy, probably.

Dreamers my eye! May they all rott in hell, those hypocritic bastards!

bibliofil
17-11-2003, 09:37
Originally posted by sunday
Maybe, I am too late to add my pennyworth on this subject, but just let me say I find all - yes, all - Moldovan wines the worst I have tasted in a life time of tippling! How DO they manage to make them taste so foul?

Speaking more generally, the price/quality equation in the Russian wine market is very depressing for a wine lover. It seems the wine-growing nations have a ready market here for all their dregs. However, if some of you like the stuff, what can I say? De gustibus non est disputandum, as the ancients had it.

Though I agree with yr comments on the Russian wine market, would like to protect the Moldovian wines.

Only a few wine yards produce good wine. And it is not easy to buy it in Moscow because Russians do not have tradition of wine drinking. Shopkeepers do not store good wine.

Cricova wine, for example, can only be bought in Aromatny Mir (these guys actually bought the whole wine yard).

I have been to Moldova a few times with French, Italian and Swiss guys and all of them found Moldovian wines really good and even bought a case each.

Stick to known names, and to the young wines and it is OK.

PS Cricova's brut shampanskoe is not bad either.

Polia Ivanova
17-11-2003, 19:18
Originally posted by bibliofil
can only be bought in Aromatny Mir

could you share with me the address of this noble place?

machine
17-11-2003, 19:35
Originally posted by bibliofil
Cricova wine, for example, can only be bought in Aromatny Mir (these guys actually bought the whole wine yard).



You're not quite right, bibliofil. You can buy those wines in almost any supermarket or even small lokal grocery stores or wholesale markets. Maybe the variety is not as wide as in AM.

Polia, here's the answer to your question - http://www.torgrus.com/retail/12/

twaj
19-11-2003, 11:56
You're kidding. Russia has never been better. Ever.


Originally posted by machine
Dreamers my eye! May they all rott in hell, those hypocritic bastards!

machine
19-11-2003, 21:47
Twaj, I don't see any correlation. Yeah, Russia has never been better and I doubt if it ever will (by western standarts). That's not going to stop me from saying what I think about those a**holes.

Jet
19-11-2003, 21:59
U.R. are mutants