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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. 
 
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  • 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...

  • Saperavi

  • Muscat

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • What, a photo of you and me and a couple mystery guests drinking in a dive ... ... ... search result was from Russia. Lots of pages of the bottle from Russia.. Read More

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  • Russia has some great wines, my favorite is Chateau Grand Vostock ( http://www.grandvostok.ru/ ) 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?

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  • GT - Good post, and I sense you agree with my perspective on tasting the ... ... the country near Turkey and Russia.  The grape varietal is Saperavi - produces substantial deep red wines that are suitable for extended aging, perhaps up to fifty years.  Saperavi has the potential to produce high alcohol levels and is used extensively for blendi... Read More

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  • Hey, if the guy is in the Crimea, which is part of the Ukraine, or no, wait, ... wait, now it's part of Russia. The only thing I'm worried about is that Putin sends some thugs in to stir up trouble, then offers to help solve the problems.So what if we find these bottles and then Putin offers assistance? He's like Superman right? A little guy w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 100 year old Russian wine...


  • My place is kind of wine-starved at the moment as my wine languishes in New ... ... studied alcoholism in Russia and Finland. In Russia it's clear why they have to become alcoholics, Finland not so much. Theories abound as to the weather, the months of darkness, the cold, the introverted nature of people, etc. But their drink of choice in bot... Read More

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  • Putinka Limited Edition Premium Russian Vodka

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    A friend in Moscow first introduced me to "Putinka" and I am glad he did. ... ... for making Black or White Russians. Drink Putinka straight and your pallet will be generously rewarded. By the way ...Don't believe the poor ratings from a shill previous reviewer who has posted about dozens of wines only one day ...a very pathethic menance to ... Read More

    Wine review by CaseTested


  • Monk's Order 2011

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    ok, i'm not a big lover of sweet wines but i try my best.First of all the bottle is very axpressive, you can see it on picture, but cork had bad shape (check second image). Also this wine has 3 years limit.The wine is not bad in general, a bit much alcohol smell for me but it has very nice sweet "Isabella" hints and deep well balanced taste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Wine Saperavi of Fanagoria Numeric Reserve 2011

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    One of the 21500 numerated bottles, very good price. Perfectly balanced nice ... (Arónia mitschurínii) in Russi Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • El Paso Winery Merlot 2010

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    sweet merlot... is that possible ?!when first time i've seen the bottle, i was sure it's Spanish or something... But it's not. Very confusing bottle. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Taman Star 2010

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    Nice numerated bottle made of thick glass.Bold, spicy, dark fruits, long tannic aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Arbat's 2012

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    Easy to drink difficult to describe.This one produced since 1977 year. A semi-sweet red wine produced with some amount of fresh grape juice, has nice fresh taste.Try pairing it with any kind of appetizers and fast-food, like hamburgers, burrito, Georgian food. Also good for Mulled wine mixes. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Real good russian wine: Fanagoria Merlot CRU LERMONT

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

    Comment by 238286alessandrorossi 238286 alessandrorossi


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