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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  • Saperavi

  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Izumov Crimea Merlot 2016


    Beautiful deep red color with golden rim. medium body wine: mellow plums, peaches, yummy wild strawberries toasted oak drowning in vanilla... for just 8 bucks?! I'm impressed! Read More

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  • Abrau Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


    the wine is wide, round and nice in all respects at the beginning and middle but suddenly ending has too much alcohol flavor, that ruins all previous benefits. Read More

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  • Agora Bastardo 2017


    it's an interesting wine in general, but it's overpriced for the quality. Read More

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  • Chernomorskaya Istina 2017


    young nice and simple. try to keep in in cellar for several years. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Taman Wines Merlot 2016


    a so-so wine... finally I mixed it with Cab of same brand to make it it better ( Read More

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  • Fanagoria Authoring Wine Pinot Noir Merlot 2016


    Fanagoria is always a good wine Read More

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  • Inkerman Ancient Chersonesus 2015


    round silky semi-sweet wine, almost dry. ripe fruits with very enjoyable tannic-woody ending. fantastic wine! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Inkerman Cabernet Sauvignon Sevastopol Kachinskoye Cabernet 2014


    Deep red color with golden rim. Velvet nose - vanilla, roses, passion fruit. medium oaky-smoky flavor with ripe plums and fresh red fruits. medium aftertaste. This wine is well balanced and very interesting... just for 10$. Awesome wine! Read More

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