Wine And A Movie

French movie star Gerard Depardieu has played many roles -- soldier, cardinal, chef, secret agent, musketeer -- but it is possible the role of winemaker may rival all those parts for the sheer passion he throws into the job.

Depardieu was in Kiev, capital city of Ukraine, to meet with President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife, Katerina, at their country house (seen here). The first order of business was to seal a deal to work with a Ukranian film studio on "Taras Bulba," a movie project about a Cossack chieftain who fought the Poles to regain his homeland. (Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis co-starred in a 1962 film of the same name.)

But Depardieu, a fairly well-known winemaker back in France, made no secret of his interest in Ukraine's Crimean vineyards, according to MosNews.com, and said he had brought a group of experts with him. They want to assess the possibility of producing wine with Ukrainian grapes and French technology.

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