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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Saperavi

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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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  • Hammer and Sickle Vodka NV


    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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  • Khvanchkara Red Semi Sweet 2007


    Semi-sweet red wine. Produced from Alexandrouly and Madjuretuly grapes, grown in Abrolauri region, Eastern part of Republic of Georgia. Rich harmonic taste with complex and tender flavor. Read More

    Wine review by BVWineS

  • Smirnoff Vodka Pet NV


    No written review

    Wine review by vinmar13

  • These are serious times for the world. Our economy is under severe pressure ... ... and to a lesser extent, Russia.Bordeaux is a strange beast in many ways, it is unique in that it has long been a commoditized wine. The auction markets have always been dominated by Bordeaux and the large production of the Chateaux, typically over 20,000 cases... Read More

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  • When I last left off I was doing my best to stay awake in Reims to adjust to ... ... as well as the Tsars of Russia.  The wine caves of Moet & Chandon have served as bomb shelters, criminal storage and wine storage.  They own 1500 acres of vineyards and have an annual production of more than 2,000,000 bottles stored in more than 30 kms of sub... Read More

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  • Stolichnaya Blueberi NV


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

    Wine review by bowlofudon

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