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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

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  • Putinka Limited Edition Premium Russian Vodka

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    Wine review by calibay


  • Hammer and Sickle Vodka NV

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    Prior positive reviews confuse me...went to my local Spec's to prep for a martini party and Hammer & Sickle was recommended over Belvedere...we made the 1st round and all 6 commented on how much bite (unsmooth) the martini's had. Got out the Ketel One for the second round. Read More

    Wine review by YoHana


  • Stolichnaya Elit Vodka NV

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    Bold flavors of anise and vanilla. Smooth sterile clean finish with a burn real ... I would go with Chopin or Russian Standard Imperi Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Hammer and Sickle Vodka NV

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    It took myself and my roommate, heavy drinkers, over 3 months to finish one bottle. There is still vodka left in bottle. Currently, taking a shot because there is nothing else in the house. Read More

    Wine review by drake10023


  • Firestarter Vodka NV

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    Bought it for laughs, but found it to be excellent! Read More

    Wine review by Rooshian


  • I am trying to purchase wine for a kind neighbor that was born in Russia but am not having any luck online.  Any suggestions for stores in the city or online?  The only site I saw online that was in English had a minimum order of over $100 and 2 week shipping schedule.  Thanks Read More

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  • I am trying to purchase wine for a kind neighbor that was born in Russia but am not having any luck online.  Any suggestions for stores in the city or online?  The only site I saw online that was in English had a minimum order of over $100 and 2 week shipping schedule.  Thanks Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is there Russian wine for...


  • Hammer and Sickle Vodka NV

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    Surprisingly smooth. This an excellent example of true Russian Vodka! Read More

    Wine review by Martini Man 1964


  • Hammer and Sickle Vodka NV

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    Wine review by dave23


  • Champagne is a wonderful place that makes wonderful wine.  Champagne has ... treasured by the Czars of Russia, the Kings of England and nobility throughout Europe.  However, the big problem with Champagne is that the region is restricted.  It literally takes an act of the government to make more available.  While this has happened recently man... Read More

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