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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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Saperavi

  • 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...

  • Muscat

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

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    Great flavor. Crisp and smooth. Fantastic with lemonade as a mixer. Read More

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