Despite the common belief that Russians do not agree to anything except vodka, they do, however, consume some wine. And there are strong reasons to do so.
Welcoming me in a luxury-furnitured room painted with Damien Hirst butterflies all around, the head of Sotheby’s auction house’ wine department Serena Sutcliffe MW is elegantly dressed in black. There is not less of a girl in her than one could expect at her age – just the opposite. Yet, some of her business partners would probably say she is a wolf in a sheep’s clothing.
There are things we miss in Russia. Some of them are wine-related. Fair wine prices and a broad selection are just two of them. Looking at the astonishing rise of Hong-Kong as a world wine hub and culture, I say: folks, Moscow could become the wine center of the country and the whole CIS region,… Continue reading
I am not afraid of furious remarks from well-known Russian wine writers. I admit I’m unwell myself. In my dreams I am an editor of Decanter and, sometimes, The World of Fine Wine – a pronounced psychical disability. But maybe I am not alone. There are a bunch of us, Russians, writing about wines. But this doesn’t make me happy at all, I am mostly not proud of my colleagues.
Russian consumers have yet to embrace brut sparkling wine despite the efforts of one of the country’s top fizz producers to lure drinkers away from demi-doux.
There is no easy way to say it. Wine market in Russia is subject to serious diseases – with subsequent choking and loss of conscience. It’s violent, it’s turbulent. It’s bureaucratic and irrational most times. Ah, yes – it’s corrupt, too. Wine is widely and openly treated as a serious problem by the Russian authorities…. Continue reading
Seems like wine journalists (and journalists in general) are not really free in their writing any more, especially if there’s any alcohol brand mentioned. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Russian beer «Zhigulyovskoe» or a brand of cognac.
An alcohol lobbyist and a member of the State Duma Mr. Victor Zvagelsky (in charge of economic policy, entrepreneurship and innovative development) will introduce amendments to the recent law “On advertising” that prohibits any alcoholic beverages from any sort of promotion on TV, in the newspapers and magazines and in the Internet.
Most people don’t go to wine bars to be lectured by a sommelier, and even though wine bar culture is new to Moscow, the clientele has caught on to the idea that wine bars are places to socialize and learn in an informal atmosphere. Where should guests to the Russian capital go to get a… Continue reading
For long time wine snobs considered Luding to be an importer and distributor of cheap supermarket plonk. Maybe the majority of Luding revenues is still coming from cheaper wines, the perception of the company has dramatically changed
Russian establishment is moving towards the Italian coast. Nikita Mikhalkov, a famous Russian actor, film director and, recently, an important pro-Putin political figure became an owner of 100 ha of vineyards in the most renowned wine part of Italy — Tuscany.
Thirty six wine producers from Georgia will enter the Russian wine market – once again. This is the result of a recent inspection of the Russian alcohol regulating body – RosPotrebNadzor – to 41 Georgian wine estates. Among the approved ones – the biggest Georgian players like Tbilvino, Telavi Wine Cellar, Tiflis Wine Cellar, Badagoni… Continue reading