Wild Russian Vanya

Title

Wild Russian Vanya

Subject

Alcoholic Beverages
Wine

Description

Immediately upon first glance, this bottle stood out from the rest because it looked oddly modern. It even retained the entire paper label nearly perfectly. Sure enough, Wild Russian Vanya was sold in the 1960s-70s, making it only around 15 years old at most when it was excavated. It was exclusively produced and sold in the southeast, it was not a Russian import at all.
Wild Russian Vanya was a fortified wine, also known as bum wine. These were cheaply made wines with spirits, fruit flavors, and sugar mixed in. Specifically, it was peach flavored.
The label clearly states it was produced and bottled by Grower's Outlet Atlanta. It is not to be confused with the plant nursery also named Grower's Outlet which shows no sign of ever bottling alcohol.
The trademark was owned by Seaboard Beverage Co. in Jacksonville, Florida, filed in 1962 but first used in 1960. In Florida, the drink was bottled by Seaboard themselves.

Source

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavored_fortified_wine
https://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=72142743&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

Publisher

Phoenix Project

Date

1960-late 1970s

Contributor

Emmett Cantkier

Format

Weight: 324.1g
Width: 93mm
Length: 39mm
Height: 210mm

Type

Glass
Bottle

Identifier

p286 ACC 153

Coverage

CCU 178

Collection

Citation

“Wild Russian Vanya,” The Phoenix Project , accessed May 29, 2024, http://martaphoenixproject.gsuanthropology.com/items/show/121.

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