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Mishiko, a maniac hunter

2011-10-28 12:38

Mishiko, a maniac hunter. 23816.jpegMikheil Saakashvili has found the man fully responsible for the failure of Georgian wines on global market. This is Vasil Maganadze, head of the Wine department at the Ministry of agriculture.


Mikheil Nikolozovich is exasperated: vaunted Georgian wines, the pride and glory of Sakartvelo, fail to reach global market. Neither are they seen in Russian stores despite Gennady Onishenko's permission that was given long ago and his request to demonstrate new high standards of Georgian alcohol. Finally, the culprit is found. At a governmental session in Batumi Saakashvili dismissed Vasil Maganadze, head of Samtrest, i.e. the wine department at the ministry of agriculture. His valediction was so severe that the poor man will hardly find a job at all.

"I'm highly dissatisfied with the activities of Samtrest, and I would like to say that the head of Samtrest will be discharged from the post. I'm discontent, since the way we are entering global market is very slow. This man has had so many years to do that. We have done something, we have carried a number of cases. In reality, our wines have incredible potential and we must not hang in the air (good, we aren't hanging any more). Neither the entry to Russian market should be a problem. I spoke to Moldavians. They were sort of allowed to the Russian market. In reality, they were not allowed, but their lives were spoilt. We must not depend on statements made by maniac Onishenko. Unlike Moldavia where wine is made in gross volumes, we don't have so much wine and it is of high quality. As for the end market, it's immense if Samtrest worked well", - the president of Georgia stated insulting poor Moldavians for no reason. Apparently, he believes their life is not "spoilt" enough.

Saakashvili's Caucasian pride, or endless show-off, to be more exact, keeps him from admitting the sad truth that Georgian wine, albeit unique and gorgeous, will not drive Europe, America or Asia crazy. Because there are other, not less wonderful and better known wines that have been occupying all possible niches for a long time. In order to appear on the global market in earnest, Georgian winemakers should literally stand on their heads. Until now, however, they haven't even made it to the Russian market offered to them by force of habit.

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