A Different Sort of Champagne Socialism

Source: Roads & Kingdoms

Geometric brick courtyards radiate outwards from a cluster of buildings. A closer look, however, reveals a large, dark entrance to a tunnel between two of the structures. Above it is a relief of a nude couple surrounded by grapevines.

This is the Artwinery, the largest producer of sparkling wine in eastern Europe. It occupies nearly three million square feet of tunnels in a former mine that descends up to 250 feet below the earth. Opened as a birthdays gift to Joseph Stalin in 1950, it is where he tried to bring class war to the liquor cabinet by creating ...

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