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Georgian Patent’s world wine war2011-03-17 17:06
Playing about with Gennady Onishenko, Georgian wine makers refuse to return to the Russian market. But hardly one adventurist research institute from Dagestan submitted an application to register Georgian wine brands in Russian Patent, when Georgian Patent got nervous calling Moscow not to "occupy" the wine. If this institution becomes the exclusive owner of the trade marks, Georgians will face the problem of Khvanckara they have in the States where Tbilisi is trying to stop Gennady Dozortsev, an importer, from selling Georgian alcohol drinks.
Generally speaking, Georgia does not need Russia to sell its wines, as continuously repeated by Mikheil Saakashvili and now confirmed by Georgian winemakers in light of Russia's talks on WTO entry. Contrary to the information of Russian mass media, Georgia's largest wine plants like Teliani Veli, Badagoni and Tbilvino had no contacts with Onishenko, if their directors tell the truth. Besides, they have enough customers in Europe and the USA to deal with temperamental Russia. And Georgia does not need any concessions with regard to alcohol. "You'd better return the country's integrity", - Georgian wine makers seem to imply.
No problem, if Georgians don't want to sell their wine in Russia. There is Moldova, Crimea, Abkhazia and North Caucasus that grow grapes of the same quality. And if somebody wants to taste Georgian wine, it can be imported upon Onishenko's authorization without participation of Sakartvelo residents. This must have been what director of Central Scientific and Research Institute of Wine, Beer and Alcohol-free industry and drinks in Kizlyar Dmitry Shevelev thought of submitting an application to Russian Patent to register 10 Georgian brands - Kindzmarauli, Khvanchkara, Alazanskaya Dolina, Akhasheni, Tsinandali, Gurdzhani, Garedzhi, Mukuzani, Napareuli and Vazisubani.
Shepelev does not make his cunning plans public. But since his scientific and research institute is not a manufacturer, it seems logical that the entrepreneur is paving the way for exclusive imports of Georgian wines anticipating Onishenko's "thaw". Besides, Shepelev himself is an advisor to director general of the Guild of Kremlin Suppliers and head of the representative office of Kizlyar cognac plant in Moscow. His newly minted institute intends to do alcohol certification and quality control. That means there will be no counterfeit Georgian wine. Only wines approved by his institute will be allowed for sale.