The “Wild” Tamed


Lovely presentation of food! The wine is arriving shortly!



These faces are beginning to smile, and perhaps drool a little.

Everybody needs at least half a glass of wine to start— and shortly all these medium solemn faces will become alive!

We also need a glass of wine to determined what the three meat dishes are- some are designed with sauces—that we have to taste together with the food to figure out what the meat is. (And I don’t like liver!)

The sauces were terrific.


And boy are we smiling now!

Our translator and guide had time to join us. Natalia is on the right and maybe has sampled a bit more than we did yet.





Mussels with spices and lemon, and of course white wine. I drank the wine and sipped on the lemon, but mussels—no.

Of necessity the wine must be white.






After eating, Mike decided on some fresh air— but the thought of the century old wine carrier rolling towards him changed his mind. He then went to the bathroom instead.

Some of the rest of our small group stayed and argued about the best of the four wines tasted with our meal.


Then our lovely waitress came over with a trey of three other wines asking them to taste these— and the fight ended.

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I asked someone for the lavatory and the waitress said, “Go outside, behind the wooden barrel. (Ha!)”


(Does that look like wet footprints on the lawn to you? I thought so and I didn’t get any closer to the barrel.)



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Charles and Mike had come out at the same time and led me to the correct facilities— all three of us vying to use it first—I won.

Vladimir Pushkin herded us to the hospitality room after the meal. He is the sales manager of Fanagoria Estate Winery. And uses his hospitality suite for “special tastings”.




Vladimir is showing us a picture of a huge wine tasting under his jurisdiction of over 500 people several years before.


Mike literally pushed me out of the way in order to get a closer view. “Damn.” he said. These people are all drinking wine?—There’s no fighting, there’s no yelling, there’s no over turned chairs— they can’t be “real wine” drinkers!”

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Fueled with fresh air, a bit of sunshine, and an amazing dinner and wine tasting with these wonderful people, we were allowed the dignity of walking out to the car and getting into it and driving towards home. (With a driver of course)




About carolinebotwin

Caroline Botwin and her husband Mike are retired educators who have always had a yen for travelling: he with a PH.D and teaching Architectural Engineering plus California wine education, and she having taught high school English, speech and drama. Both wanted to learn first hand about other cultures. While Mike predominately studied buildings and structures and met with winemakers, Caroline hunted for ancient sites and peoples. And kept journals of all their travels.
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