Pheasant’s Tears Boost Georgia Wine Fightback on Russia Embargo
Pheasant’s Tears Boost Georgia Wine Fightback on Russia Embargo

John Wurdeman uncorks a bottle of Pheasant’s Tears, holds it to the sun, and drinks with a smile.

The long-haired American artist, with his imaginatively named wine, is described by vintners as an unlikely savior of their industry in the Black Sea country of Georgia. He started the business after a Russian trade embargo, which threatened the existence of 35 existing wineries. Georgia makes some 90 million liters a year and previously exported 80 percent to Russia.