Speaking of pommes, anyone else use Calvados when cooking pork?
You mean, pour in a jolt of Calvados and put a match to it, to flame off the excess cooking fat? Yes, I do. Wonderful!
Going back to the original subject, I think the problem was that the Stolichnoi family used to make Stolichnaya vodka, named after themselves, in Imperial Russia, but after the Bolshevik Revolution they fled abroad and started a new vodka-making business in exile, which naturally they also called Stolichnaya. Meanwhile the old Stolichnaya distillery back in Russia was taken over by the Bolshevik state and continued in production. So both businesses had a perfectly good right to the name; it's just that now for the first time the products of both are having to compete in the same market.