With the warm welcome and great responses I received, I decided to go digging in my basement for two bottles of wine that I got a loooong time ago that maybe somebody can offer some insight on.
As some of you may have seen in a related post yesterday, my wife and I had the privilege about 10 years ago to live near the Mosel River valley in SW Germany for about three years. While we were over there, we got some exposure to some great wines, and even more international flair when we haunted the shopping districts of the towns around where we lived.
One time we were at an outdoor bazaar in a town called Cochem (http://www.cochems.com/deutch.html
) and I picked up two bottles of wine mainly for nostalgic purposes but am now more interested in what might be inside the bottles themselves.
I have one red and one white. The labels are in Russian and German, with the importer actually having been in East Germany. From what I can tell, both are from Moldavia with the white varietal being "Aligote" and the red being a "Krim". The back labels are in German and from what I can cobble together with my limited German, prattle on about how great the wine tastes. I am skeptical of this because the white's color is almost honey colored and I imagine would hurt my teeth if I drank it, and the red is black as pitch. Guess the Russians need strong stuff like that to make it through the winters.
Has anybody heard of, seen, or tasted anything like these before? Again, I am guessing these may be hard to find because the bottom of the bottle reads, "Made in USSR," and like I said, it was imported by a company in East Germany. One other thing to note is that the front labels have some Russian on them, which I am guessing may be the year (help, anybbody?).
If anybody wants to see more about these, I can take pics of them and post them up. I look forward to any insight anybody has.