Analytics/Imports

American wines: gambling on Russians

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.…

Regulations

Officials got hungry

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.

Regulations

Wines to evade advertising ban

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.

Consumers/Relax

Insider’s guide to Moscow’s best wine bars

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…

Events/News

Luding marks 20 years with Le Tour de Vin

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

News

Famous Russian actor and director is now a Tuscan winemaker

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.

Georgia/News

Hope of deliverance for Georgia

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…

Cristal made its way back to Russia

The Cuvee Prestige of Louis Roederer champagne house – Cristal – is officially back on the shelves in Russia – since December 2012. In the beginning of 2012 Louis Roederer lost a case to the major vodka producer in Russia — SoyuzPlodImport (SPI Group), which demanded champagne producers either to pay royalty off Cristal brand…

Analytics/Vodka

Mark-down, Mark-up: Kauffman to save CEDC?

Will wine market pioneer Mark Kauffman save CEDC? It’s all secret now. On the February the 18th a well known vodka and wine baron Mark Kauffman, the former owner of a wine importing company Whitehall and the inventor of the famous Kauffman vodka and many other brands,  signed a confidentiality agreement with a vodka producer CEDC…

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