View of Novorossiysk from Usadba Myskhako

Tasting Area at Old Greek Wine Cellar

Tasting Room at Cantina

Barrel making at Fanagoria Wine Estate

Kuban Road Trip – First Night in Anapa

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...

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Kuban Road Trip

[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...

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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...

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National Treasure

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...

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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 (

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.

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