Russian Wine Evening with Vladimir Pukish of Fanagoria Winery!

March 23, 2017, Moscow venue to be announced.

Special Guest: Vladimir Pukish, author, historian, raconteur and Marketing Director of Fanagoria Winery, one of Russia’s largest modern wineries

Seating is limited, please RSVP to ensure your reservation.
The program will be primarily in English language.

Vladimir Pukish has published books and articles about the people of the region: wine, vineyards, culture, language and heritage. He is an accomplished storyteller, and guests are sure to enjoy his anecdotes and stories from the region.

This wine tasting will feature wines from several Russian wineries including some from the 2016 harvest.

The program is hosted by Charles Borden, author of Russian Wine Country: Sleeping Beauty Awakens (2014), an English language book about one of the world’s oldest wine producing regions. Russian Wine Country lies along Russia’s northern Black Sea coast from the Gelendzhik coastal resort area, about 250 kilometers northwest of Sochi, to the Taman Peninsula between the Black and Azov Seas. Greek settlers established villages in this area in the seventh century BC and produced some of the world’s first wines.

Charles is currently updating his book with Vladimir’s assistance, and it will contain additional chapters contributed by Vladimir. For the new 2017 version, Russian Wine Country will be translated and published in Russian in addition to English. The ratings of wines at this event will be used to help future connoisseurs of Russian wines.

This event is part of Russian Wine Country wine tasting series that feature guests such as winemakers and others who live and work in the wine industry in Russia’s principal wine region along the northeastern coast of the Black Sea.

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The cost to participate in the wine tasting, and to reserve a seat is 2,000 rubles. The wine tasting will include a selection of wine and snacks.

Guests may also order from the menu for themselves or their guests and friends at the table. Our venue hosts would appreciate the opportunity to serve their well prepared and delicious Russian dishes.

About Charles W. Borden
Charles W. Borden is an editor and writer who has traveled and lived in Russia since 1992. He is currently responsible for IT Manager for a Paris-based private equity group that owns two wine estates in Burgundy, and another winery in Cote du Rhone.

In 1993, Charles organized investment projects to bring modern packaging to wineries in Russia’s Krasnodar and Stavropol regions. He has written extensively about wines of the former Soviet Union. In addition, for seven years he was an acknowledged contributor about wines of the FSU for the annual edition the widely-respected Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book.

Charles was the Fine Dining and Wine Editor for Moscow’s Passport Magazine for eight years. For Passport, he authored more than 100 reviews of Moscow restaurants, wine tastings and articles about Russian life and culture. Charles was also formerly editor for English language magazines in Russia including the Aeroflot inflight magazine, Russians: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and Russian Fine Art.