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Vinzavod Art Center - former wine factory


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 (wine). Many of the Soviet Union’s largest vinzavods were located and continue to operate […]

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Abrau Durso Sparkling Wines

New Year Wine Buyer Guide

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 Shopper Guide. (more…)

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Frank and Gael at Chateau Le Grand Vostock

’Tis the Season: Wine Buyer Update

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 world’s best known wine experts, visited the Kuban to see several wineries that employ Australian […]

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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 boutiques starting with French deli Hediard, but its […]

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