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...

  • Saperavi

  • 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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  • Fanagoria Winery

    It has passed over half a century since the day when on the site of the ancient polis of Phanag...

  • Millstream

    In 1936 "Sovkhoz Tamanskiy" at Taman Peninsula gethered small wineries founded around 1920-1921...

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  • Taman Cabernet Kuban Wines 2017


    nice wine in Read More

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  • Krimvintorg Merlot Table Wine Dry Red Crimea Wine 2017


    4,5$ wine produced in Yevpatoria, Crimea. The bottleneck is wide, promising a big wine... but it's not. Cork is surprisingly short on the other hand, 2/3 of regular size. Cherry-red color. nose - ripe wild red berry, fresh strawberry, caramel, wide and nice. Texture is jelly and watery, possibly because it's too young's hard to tell anyth... Read More

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  • Chateau Tamagne Rouge Sec Saperavi de Tamagne 2016


    bright beet color.sour blackcurrant and pineapple nose.young bittery crispy red fruits and dark chocolate taste. long bittery aftertaste. alcohol kicks quickly. don't like this one. Read More

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  • Just impeachment is not enough, I agree. We'd discussed him leaving office, ... ... give a damn that Russia’s trying to kill our democracy!”“I agree.”“We can’t let this happen!” he almost shouted.“No, we can’t.”“We have to fight this tyrant!”“Couldn’t agree more.”“Legally, peacefully.”“Yes.”“If the Dems take back the House next year, they coul... Read More

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  • Last month I went to Ukraine on a holiday to see my friend. He showed me this ... ... now Crimea belongs to Russia and wine production significantly decline Read More

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  • Stephen, this time is not like the Clinton or Reagan days, and is worse even ... ... it gets better. Nor are Russia-gate topped off by the healthcare mess and many other morasses he keeps stepping in the same as the Monica event and definitions of what qualifies as 'sex.'One interesting issue is why Russia is not being held to task for the me... Read More

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  • Until quite recently I still had some bottles of '59 Latour and La Mission, ... gifted to an acquaintance in Russia since it was his birth year, too.I'll be happy to share any on your list.  ;-)   Never have put together my top 5 or top 10 since I'm generally omnivorous. Will have to do some thinking on the subject.. Read More

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  • There's serious controversy amongst geographers and historians about ... ... Romania (or the Ukraine, or Russia as Putin might think). We need to qualify who's putting these maps together, for what purpose, just as we look at who is rating what wines for what purpose.  ;-)Culturally you're talking about a mishmash that probably should equal 'W... Read More

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  • A very literate, nay, by the standards of contemporaneous cogitation, erudite ... ... Par example,  Russian Salad is not on most local menus as against the case across the eastern frontier.  Of course, in Spain it would have been American food in olden times... not including the time of Washington Irving, of course.But of course, I love Russi... Read More

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