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PUSHKIN HOUSE WINE CLUB: DOSTOEVSKY AND THE IDIOT – 150th ANNIVERSARY

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Like many cultured Russians at the time, Fyodor Dostoevsky travelled a lot, albeit sometimes under hard circumstances. He visited and stayed in Germany, Switzerland and England, among other countries, and of course, in Italy. It was in Florence, precisely 150 years ago, he completed one of the most important literary works of all time, The Idiot. Many countries he visited produced wine in abundance and he often enjoyed drinking it, even though he once said “Wine brutalises a man and makes him a savage…” (“Вино скотинит и зверит человека...”), and spoke against drunkenness and its consequences in one of his works later in life.

During the tasting, we’ll follow in the footsteps of Dostoevsky and learn about the wines he used to drink or could have drunk. We’ll talk about the history of those wines, taste the styles of wines traditionally produced in the areas where he stayed and were popular with Russians in the past and in the present.

Join us to discover these wines for yourself. As always, someone will go home with a prize wine after winning the mini-quiz.