With new technological developments Vinitaly’s International Wine Competition stepped further than other rivals. VeronaFiere has put the wine judgement experience to an ultimate end of relaxation where points calculations and endless paperwork are nonexistent and wine judges can relax and easily smoke a cigarette in between two wines.
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.
Geogian wines are making their way back to the shelves of the Russian supermarkets and wine shops. And to the portfolios of fine wine importers. A former colleague at Pernod Ricard, Nukri Kurdadze, Brand Ambassador for wines portfolio, wrote an interesting piece on the state of Georgian wines in Russia. The piece is originally called Welcome to Sovok. Means a lot to Russians.
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.
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