Russian consumers have yet to embrace brut sparkling wine despite the efforts of one of the country’s top fizz producers to lure drinkers away from demi-doux. Continue reading
There is no easy way to say it. Wine market in Russia is subject to serious diseases – with subsequent choking and loss of conscience. It’s violent, it’s turbulent. It’s bureaucratic and irrational most times. Ah, yes – it’s corrupt, too. Wine is widely and openly treated as a serious problem by the Russian authorities. Wine is a political instrument for the relations with the former USSR-bloc countries. There are banning taxes and even greater margins in the major networks and wine shops. You would probably ask – why would any sane US winery be willing to be here? Obviously – there are reasons.
Seems like wine journalists (and journalists in general) are not really free in their writing any more, especially if there’s any alcohol brand mentioned. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Russian beer «Zhigulyovskoe» or a brand of cognac. Continue reading
An alcohol lobbyist and a member of the State Duma Mr. Victor Zvagelsky (in charge of economic policy, entrepreneurship and innovative development) will introduce amendments to the recent law “On advertising” that prohibits any alcoholic beverages from any sort of promotion on TV, in the newspapers and magazines and in the Internet. Continue reading
Most people don’t go to wine bars to be lectured by a sommelier, and even though wine bar culture is new to Moscow, the clientele has caught on to the idea that wine bars are places to socialize and learn in an informal atmosphere. Where should guests to the Russian capital go to get a good pour? Continue reading
For long time wine snobs considered Luding to be an importer and distributor of cheap supermarket plonk. Maybe the majority of Luding revenues is still coming from cheaper wines, the perception of the company has dramatically changed Continue reading
Russian establishment is moving towards the Italian coast. Nikita Mikhalkov, a famous Russian actor, film director and, recently, an important pro-Putin political figure became an owner of 100 ha of vineyards in the most renowned wine part of Italy — Tuscany.
Thirty six wine producers from Georgia will enter the Russian wine market – once again. This is the result of a recent inspection of the Russian alcohol regulating body – RosPotrebNadzor – to 41 Georgian wine estates. Among the approved ones – the biggest Georgian players like Tbilvino, Telavi Wine Cellar, Tiflis Wine Cellar, Badagoni and Teliany Valley. Continue reading
To date, Russia is one of the world’s most promising markets for wine consumption. Even amid the global economic crisis, the Russian market after falling in 2009 by about 10%, since 2010 started to increase again in contrast to the majority of the countries.
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The Cuvee Prestige of Louis Roederer champagne house – Cristal – is officially back on the shelves in Russia – since December 2012. In the beginning of 2012 Louis Roederer lost a case to the major vodka producer in Russia — SoyuzPlodImport (SPI Group), which demanded champagne producers either to pay royalty off Cristal brand usage or leave the Russian market due to the similarities to the major SPI vodka brand – Kristall. SPI lawyers managed to prove in court that the vodka giant had registered its trademark prior to Louis Roederer and that those are too similar and too confusing for the consumers in Russia. Continue reading
Will wine market pioneer Mark Kauffman save CEDC? It’s all secret now. On the February the 18th a well known vodka and wine baron Mark Kauffman, the former owner of a wine importing company Whitehall and the inventor of the famous Kauffman vodka and many other brands, signed a confidentiality agreement with a vodka producer CEDC (Central European Distribution Corporation). The secrecy is explained by the ongoing negotiations on the Kauffman’s offer of up to $75m investment of his personal funds to help the Polish company survive and pay its current debts and payments on loans and bonds. Continue reading