Kuban Road Trip – First Night in Anapa

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...
Kuban Road Trip

Kuban Road Trip

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 wanted to return to the countryside where I spent my first years...
Vinzavod

Vinzavod

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...
National Treasure

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...