The U.S. importers behind the Stolichnaya and Imperia vodka brands are heading to Federal Court in Manhattan to battle over which one is more Russian.
Imperia vodka calls itself "a truly authentic Russian vodka of the highest quality." Stolichnaya's handlers made a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. The Imperia's people turned around and filed a federal lawsuit in which they claim much of Stolichnaya's production takes place in Latvia.
It will be interesting to see how this Martini war turns out.