Vodka was first brought from Russia to France in the early 19th century. The positive reception by French aristocrats signaled the systematic export of Russian vodka to other European countries. (Mercí)
I'm occasionally out and about promoting The Vodka Cookbook (published in association with Smirnoff Vodka). Watch this space for photos from my various publicity adventures. You've heard of reality television? Well this is the same thing...only slower and less interesting.