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...
Black Sea Gold Coast

Black Sea Gold Coast

Passport Magazine August 2008 Text and photos Charles W. Borden Recently Passport’s Knights of the Vine gathered to gauge the progress of Russian wineries. With a selection that included 28 bottles from the Metro discount cash-and-carry chain and eight more from...
Russian Wine Country

Russian Wine Country

Passport Magazine October 2006 Text and photos by Charles W. Borden Two months have passed since Russia’s wine crisis began, and supermarket Sedmoi Kontinent still has only a handful of wines. The bureaucrats have crippled Russia’s wine industry and it is difficult to...
Country in Crisis

Country in Crisis

(Passport Magazine August 2006) by Charles W. Borden It’s July 7, seven days after the new Russian alcohol tax stamp regime took effect, and the shelves are bare. With the deadline for the monthly Passport wine tasting just days away, I took a tour of the wine...