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...

  • 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

  • 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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  • Putinka Limited Edition Premium Russian Vodka


    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

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  • Monk's Order 2011


    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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  • El Paso Winery Merlot 2010


    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

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