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gottoblast Nov 8, 2009 11:33 AM

has anyone ever heard of a Russian wine( red semi-sweet) called Aoktop and if so where to find in NY.

  1. SteveTimko Nov 8, 2009 12:46 PM

    Have not heard of it.
    A place called Empire Wine in Albany has a bunch of wine from Moldova and the Ukraine.
    PJ Wine in New York has one kind of wine from Moldova.
    Those might be good places to start.
    Locally, we had a Russian/eastern European deli that carried Russian and eastern European wine. It closed by the way, so I can't check for you.

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    1. re: SteveTimko
      gottoblast Nov 9, 2009 05:41 AM

      Thank you a lot, Moldova and Ukraine are supposedly the region it came from so you are correct and close.

      1. re: gottoblast
        maria lorraine Nov 9, 2009 08:07 AM

        Bostavan Yephbin Aoktop - Moldova

        Called Doktor or Black Doktor.
        Aoktop = Doktor

        Winery -- Vinaria Bostavan -- website:
        Email: bostavan@bostavan.md

        USA importer:
        BROOKLYN NY 11235 USA
        Phone 917-945-3734

        Customer Service: 917-476-8903
        Email: bga2001@hotmail.com

        1. re: maria lorraine
          maria lorraine Nov 9, 2009 03:06 PM


    2. Tir_na_nOg Nov 9, 2009 02:56 AM

      According to WineSearcherPro, that wine is not available in the US (assuming the spelling is correct).


      1. alanbarnes Nov 9, 2009 03:53 PM

        The source of confusion is that some letters in the Cyrillic and Roman alphabets look similar, but represent different sounds. The wine is "Black Doctor," which is "Chyerniy Doktor" in Russian. Using the Cyrillic alphabet, that becomes "Черный Доктор." And Doktor - Доктор - looks a lot like, but is very different than, Aoktop.

        Habits ingrained by the alphabet you use may actually be harder to break than those attributable to language. So cognates and other words that should make intuitive sense, well, don't. When we were in Russia, it took a while before a friend of mine twigged to the fact that "ресторан" is pronounced "restoran," not "pectopah." Once he did, it was far easier for him to find a meal.

        1. Tir_na_nOg Nov 21, 2009 07:00 AM

          Using "Black Doctor" (or "Black Doktor") in WineSearcherPro as the spelling, it turns out that Empire Wine in Albany carries this wine:



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