Earlier this year I was writing about the perspectives of those willing to find an importer and distributor for their wines in Russia. There’s an important update to that information.Continue reading
An insight into wine consumption trends in Russia in 2018Continue reading
One might be tired of the same old story, but you know what: definitely not of the wines. The recent “Old but Gold” tasting of older Verdicchios of Marche, the region where mountains date the sea on a regular basis, proved once again: in “golden” hands every grape gets a chanceContinue reading
Have you already noticed (and tasted) some of those Proseccos carrying the name “Rive” on the label? Introduced in 2009, the category is supposed to bring a more terroir focus on the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG subzones, but is there a future ahead of the category?Continue reading
If you think crisis is a bad time to enter the Russian market — you have another thought coming. Continue reading
As the rouble tumbles, making imports more expensive, Anton Moiseenko discovers that Russian wines are finally appearing on smart menus
Hard to believe, but we, Russians, are no different from you. Our taste buds are there and actually working. And even an uneducated and potentially drunk villager from the provinces can tell whether that Puglian Primitivo is good for his health and whether it will lead to a pleasant nap or to a horrible hangover. Continue reading
MOSCOW. Tim, I’ve been watching you and your friends for some time now and make no mistake: you seem to have problems with your so-called wine writing. You’re being snobbish. And sarcastic at times. Our State language experts proved it. Don’t expect that being snobbish will help you in Russia: our people rarely have enough sense of humor to realise you’re being snobbish.
It’s not altogether easy to live in the today’s wine world for an honest person. One has to lie, deceive and be cunning. And sometimes even tell the truth – and nothing but the truth. Don’t object and don’t mislead yourselves, just remember the last time you told yourself after tasting a really bad wine: “it will be too bad to tell the truth”, “I don’t want to hurt him”, “ah, he/she’s such a nice person!”, “remember, he asked us to come visit the winery next year?”. And so on, and so forth. Lying is an essential skill when talking to a winemaker or a winery rep. Continue reading
Only 5 per cent of people are exposed to fine wines in the Russia’s capital, and I mean fine wines, It’s much less in the regions, where people don’t tell their whites from reds. So, say I, why should we even bother the general common sweet Lambrusco drinkers with the 100-points wine ratings? At the current stage of our wine culture development Russian consumer needs a clear understanding which wines are drinkable and which are NOT. As simple as that. Continue reading
Coming to judge the wine competition like the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is fun for every kind of winelover. There are some things one should know before going for it for the first time. Or you’ll have to learn it the hard way.
This is, of course, a very personal view on the CMB “pro taster” after five years of judging at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. This is still work in progress. Since I am very interested in the wine judging psychology — would be cool to hear your comments on this. Part two in this series — Judging @CMB: tips & tricks — is also there for you. Continue reading