Many Russian high quality wines come from the vineyards of Crimea.Vostock-Photo
Russian wine has experienced some great successes in recent years and is starting to seriously compete with the "big boys" of the wine market: Russian wines have won awards and received good scores at international competitions, more and more reputable restaurants are starting to include them in their wine lists and they are beginning to appear in liquor stores and supermarkets.
RBTH sat down with Andrei Abramov, sommelier at the popular Moscow wine bars I Like Wine and Beer & Brut, to find out what exactly you need to know about Russian wine.
People are sometimes puzzled by the fact that the price for Russian wine is not always lower than for foreign wine. In some cases, Russian wine can even be the same price as a premium foreign wine. This can be explained by the industry's relative "youth," the relatively low production volumes and several other factors to do with grape prices and production technologies. We must also remember that some wines are intended for sale in stores while others end up in restaurants, so they need to be able to compete with foreign wines in terms of quality.
1) Chardonnay 2014 Alma Valley
A medium body wine produced in Crimea with a melon, pear and sweet apple aroma and a light, refreshing taste.
Price: approximately 2,000r. for a bottle ($31) / 400r. ($6) for a glass.
2) Petit Verdot 2013 Kacha Valley
Produced in small quantities, has a juicy berry taste with hints of spice and burnt oak.
Price: approximately 4,000r. for a bottle ($62) / 1080r. ($17) for a glass.
3) Nebbiolo Cler Polati 2013 Pavel Shvets
A complex sort that is famous thanks to the great Piedmont wines. In most regions outside Piedmont, it rarely becomes anything interesting, but in our case, this is a wine that can really leave a strong impression: a nice structure, intense tannins and a bright berry, jam, spice and violet aroma.
Price: approximately 8,350r. for a bottle ($128) / 1770r. ($72) for a glass.
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