Our dear friend Vladimir Pukish returns, one night only. Venue to be announced Sign up on Facebook Or by email Vladimir Pukish, author, historian, raconteur and Marketing Director of Fanagoria Winery, one of Russia’s largest modern wineries. Vladimir Pukish has...read more
Special Guest: Vladimir Pukish, author, historian, raconteur and Marketing Director of Fanagoria Winery, one of Russia’s largest modern wineries Seating is limited, please RSVP to ensure your reservation. The program will be primarily in English language. Vladimir...read more
Russian Wine Tasting: Chateau Le Grand Vostock Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30pm Café Margarita, Malaya Bronnaya 28 This program will sample at least 8 wines from Chateau Le Grand Vostock, together with snacks including cheese plates and deli meats from Moscow’s King...read more
Yanus Karakazidi and his son Konstantin will present the wines of his Karakazidi Winemaking House this week at Palati Cafe near Pavaletskaya station in Moscow. Karakazidi Winemaking House is a small winery that Yanus and Kostya have built themselves over many years in...read more
Just released: A comprehensive primer about Russian Wine Country, which stretches along Russia's northern Black Sea coast from the Gelendzhik coastal resort area, about 250 kilometers northwest of Sochi, to the Taman Peninsula between the Black and Azov Seas. In the...read more
I caught the Aeroexpress train from Paveletskaya to Domodedovo to catch a S7 flight on Tuesday afternoon. Aeroexpress takes from 40 to 50 minutes, with a round trip ticket cost of 620 rubles. The entrance at Paveletskaya is a little seedy, as might be expected around...read more
[wooslider slide_page="road-trip" slider_type="slides" limit="20"] Nine wineries in three days, and a dinner with a representative of a tenth – that's how the schedule stacked up for me and John Ortega, on an early spring excursion through Russian Wine Country. I...read more
Passport Magazine March 2011 Text and photos by Charles Borden The northern route of the Silk Road crossed Stavropol region long before it joined Russia’s frontier at the foot of the Caucasus mountains. During the reign of Catherine the Great, Cossacks settled the...read more
Passport Magazine February 2011 Text and photos by Charles Borden Vinzavod, literal translation “wine factory,” was the term used in the former Soviet Union and now in Russia for the plant and facilities that manufacture a grape-flavored alcoholic beverage called vino...read more
Passport Magazine January 2011 Text:Charles Borden, Photos: Charles Borden and courtesy of Abrau Durso The sharp pop from a bottle of Shampanskoye echoes across every almost every home, restaurant and park in Russia at midnight on New Year’s eve, followed by a fizzy...read more
Passport Magazine, December 2010 Text by Charles Borden This time of year I often get asked about wines for a company party, for a unique gift to take home for the holidays, or a Moscow New Year’s present for the boss. Here is my comprehensive 2011 Moscow Holiday Wine...read more
Passport Magazine December 2009 Text by Charles Borden The past two Passport wine articles covered the Russian and Ukrainian wine industries respectively. Although there is seldom news on Russia’s wine industry to report, during October Jancis Robinson, one of the...read more
Charles W. Borden is IT Director for OLMA Fund, a Paris private equity fund with investments in France and Russia that includes Domaine Chanzy, a 32 hectare Burgundy wine producer, and Chateau Signac, a winery with 38 hectares in Côtes du Rhône. He is also Director and Editor for FinancePlus, a Paris-based information service that publishes information about mid-market mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and private equity investments for markets worldwide (www.financeplus.com).
Charles was previously Contributing Editor and Wine and Dine Reviewer for Moscow’s Passport Magazine for eight years, and was previously Editor of the English version of the Aeroflot inflight magazine, Russian Fine Art, and Russians: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. From 2003 to 2010, he contributed to the annual edition of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, one of the world’s most important wine books, which is also published in Russian language.
From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Borden worked with two wineries of the former Soviet Union, and became the first westerner to bring modern packaging to wineries in southern Russia that had little or no bottling facilities. He was responsible for two joint ventures to package some of Russia’s best wines using the modern bag-in-box system, which has now been adopted by many Russian wineries.
Charles is Moscow’s “consummate wine buyer” – a consumer’s friend, expert in the intricacies and complications that a shopper faces when buying a wine at a restaurant or shop in Russia.