Russian Wine


Wine has been produced in Russia since the time of the ancient Greeks, as it was with most of its Baltic neighbors such as Georgia, Slovenia, and Romania. Most of the northern sections of the country are just too dang cold and bleak to produce wine, but farther south conditions are much more favorable, near the Azov, Black, and Caspian Seas. It wasn’t until the 1800s that Russia began to produce wine commercially. The most famous venture was the sparkling wine out of Crimea by Prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitsyn at Novyi Svet winery, which won the gold medal at the 1889 Paris Expedition. With thesuccess of “The People’s Champagne,” Golitsyn continued to study French viticultural methods to plant vineyards with European varietals along the Black Sea coast. Novyi Svet still exists as one of Russia’s most famous commercial wineries. 
But Russian wines had many things against them into the 20th century: Phylloxera, the exodus of French winemakers during Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Saperavi

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Anyone who needs translations for Russian wines, description, or taste notse - I could help. not a profession or winemaker though...

    Comment by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Hello. Can anybody give me the names of a few dozen Russian Red Wines please.

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  • OK, the '100 Days' review?  Here's something from the ... ... omit one fateful word: Russia. (More on that here.) Beyond that, we overestimated Trump’s ability to turn the federal bureaucracy toward sinister ends. From the start, his staff has been riven with infighting. Beneath a Cabinet of fourth-stringers lie hundreds of unfilled posts. Co... Read More

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  • There's serious controversy amongst geographers and historians about ... ... Romania (or the Ukraine, or Russia as Putin might think). We need to qualify who's putting these maps together, for what purpose, just as we look at who is rating what wines for what purpose.  ;-)Culturally you're talking about a mishmash that probably should equal 'W... Read More

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  • A very literate, nay, by the standards of contemporaneous cogitation, erudite ... ... Par example,  Russian Salad is not on most local menus as against the case across the eastern frontier.  Of course, in Spain it would have been American food in olden times... not including the time of Washington Irving, of course.But of course, I love Russi... Read More

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  • Jack:Discussing politics can be fun while drinking wine - but generally only ... ...  Is he favoring Russia, did he win the election with Russia's help?  Yep.  Is he a modern day Hitler?  Yes.  Time to wake up America.Trumps tweet, from Saturday morning after he was stopped cold with his Muslim travel ban, is something that nobody can ignore ... Read More

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  • Fanagoria Author's Wine Cabernet-Merlot 2015


    Kind of Italian style wine. I feel a little saperavi ending, maybe they reuse same barrels, but it's nice in general. Read More

    Wine review by 1068350ApelsecS 1068350 ApelsecS

  • Fanagoria Author's Wine Cabernet-Tsimlyansky Black 2015


    Velvet-red color. Sweet dried fruit nose. Ripe black fruits at the beginning and fresh wide spice ending, ripe green apple with raspberries in aftertaste. I Recommend it with pasta and hard cheese. I would say, the price is too low for such a complicated wine.discussion on grape: Read More

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  • Oooh, boy.  So about that "CIA got weapons of mass destruction ... ... ... are all in favor of a Russia-friendly oil CEO as Sec of State.  Funny how, during the elections of Bush, no one pointed out his and Cheney's massive conflicts of interest, or Powell's bogus "foundation" like they did Clinton's.  If you want to hear an intelligent comme... Read More

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  • Think you're too optimistic, RCKR, though for everyone's sake hope not. ... intelligence community that Russia's goal [in their hacking during the election] was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected. That's the consensus view."On Friday evening, Trump's transition team responded with the following statement dismissing... Read More

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  • Environment: It seems clear Trump will not be especially good for the ... list ... list of my concerns, really. Russia, China, North Korea, then with the Philippines recently publicly joining them. Iran and other countries in the middle east are a problem. Some of this coalition seemed pleased with Trump's election, most notably Russia of cour... Read More

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  • That storm was a series of denial of service attacks on critical nodes of the ... state actors like China and Russia.  Could even be North Korea.  It's hard to be sure because they like to hide their tracks by hacking several servers in a chain through other countries.  Think how nice it would be if everyone left the Internet alone, sparing it... Read More

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  • Was in Russia in 1971. When we were fogged in at the St. Petersburg airport (Leningrad then) a friend and I found a wonderful Georgian red wine called Dark Eyes. Have been searching for it ever since and wonder if anyone else has heard of this one.

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  • I need help in identifying two bottles of white wine purchased in the Georgian republic about 30 years ago. They have been stored in a closet & are unopened. The labels are in Russian & Google was stumped. Can anyone help me with this problem?

    Comment by 1700987Mason Brumby 1700987 Mason Brumby

  • Russia has some great wines, my favorite is Chateau Grand Vostock ( ) on the Krasnodarsky region, near the black sea. All the wines I tasted I had to buy them from Russia. Does anybody know if Russian wines are sold in United States?

    Comment by 238286alessandrorossi 238286 alessandrorossi

  • Real good russian wine: Fanagoria Merlot CRU LERMONT

    Comment by 1067204Rinox 1067204 Rinox

  • does anybody know where I can buy russian wines in USA? (not Georgianwines)

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