Russian wines - tasting notes
For the first time on a wine trip I felt rather like an explorer on my recent visit to Russia (see From Russia with love ). See Russian wine gets real for an overview of what I discovered in the Kuban region across the Black Sea from the Crimea to the east. Below are notes on about half the wines I tasted when I was there. I also tasted another 120 from a quite extraordinary collection of supposedly the best wines made in the Soviet Union during the Soviet era. One major endemic problem in Russia is sorting out which wines labelled as Russian are made with some or all Russian-grown grapes and which constitute the 70% or so...
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