On the grapevine

  • 1999-01-07
  • Philip Birzulis
Anybody who has visited Latvia knows that the locals like a drink, or 10. Fortunately, the quality of the stuff imbibed has improved dramatically over the past few years, and a lot of the credit for this change can be taken by one Australian-Latvian wine expert.Akselis Ritenis got acquainted with the grape juice while working student jobs in Sydney pubs. In the late 80s, he opened a wine shop in that city with his brother Raimonds, now a senior executive with the Australian branch of French cognac-makers Remy, and then had a stint as a manager with a leading wine retailer in London.Ritenis ...
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