Charles W. Borden is Communications 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). He is also Partner-Communications for OLMA Fund, a Paris private equity fund with investments in France and Russia that includes Domaine Chanzy, a 38 hectare Burgundy wine producer (www.domaine-chanzy.com).
Charles was previously Contributing Editor and Wine and Dine Reviewer for Moscow’s Passport Magazine for seven 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.
Mr. Borden is also Director and Editor for GlobalFlavor, a Traveler’s Guide to the World’s Best Restaurants, which consists of a proprietary consensus rating system, which is available online and in print guidebooks. He is author of Borden’s Best Restaurants – Europe 2010.
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.