Passport Magazine Wine Articles
In 2005, Moscow’s Passport Magazine Publisher John Ortega began a monthly series of wine tastings with wines that are available to consumers in Moscow, and Russian Wine Country publisher Charles Borden chronicled these events. The articles that dealt with Russian wines and wines of the Former Soviet Union have been republished on the Russian Wine Country main page, and links are available below.

Articles about Russian Wines

National Treasure, January 2011, Passport Magazine
“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 pour into any handy container.”

Other Wine Articles from 2010

Renzo Cotarella, Irina Fomina (President MBG Impex), John Ortega

Renzo Cotarella, Irina Fomina (President MBG Impex), John Ortega

Winemaker’s evening at Cantinetta Antinori (July 2010)
Antinori is one of the oldest and best-known names in Italian wines with more than 600 years of grapes in the family tree. Based in Florence, Antinori is not just a big wine-maker, but it makes very big wines in the quality sense. Antinori has also been an innovator in Italy’s strictly controlled wine market, even planting the French grape varieties that are used in the Super-Tuscan wines that they have pioneered. Renzo Cotarella, Antinori’s top oenologist, was in Moscow at the end of May. We joined him at a winemaker’s dinner at Cantinetta Antinori… read more…

Vladimir Capelik, President of the Independent Wine Club

Vladimir Capelik, President of the Independent Wine Club

New Zealand Wines (May 2010)
This month, the Knights of the Vine took a trip to New Zealand courtesy of HSBC when the bank sponsored a huge wine event at the top of the Swissôtel. New Zealand wines, though fairly recent on Moscow wine lists, have become popular in the city, so by the time of the event the guest list had swollen to close to four hundred… read more..

w55_410Looking Back on Wine in 2009
The financial crisis had some direct effects on the Moscow wine market. Initially, imported wines became a relative bargain – ruble prices did not change as the currency depreciated, so a 450 ruble bottle that was almost $20 before became $13.50. As the year wore on, importers adjusted prices upward to accommodate increased import costs as the older stock cleared… read more…

Wine Articles 2005 to 2010

Links to all of of the articles about wines from around the world are available through the following page links: