Tag Archives: Moscow

• You Can Now Ask Google How to Make Cocktails

You Can Now Ask Google How to Make Cocktails

Google announced a new addition to its Knowledge Graph this morning, adding cards that walk through the recipes for various cocktails. The cards break down the “main alcohol” for each cocktail alongside standard garnishes and recommended glassware. Recipes for food (“how to make meatloaf”) have been part of the Knowledge Graph for some time, but […]

• Russia’s Presidential Staff Buys a Million Bottles of European Wine

Russia’s Presidential Staff Buys a Million Bottles of European Wine

While Russia was publicly wading into a war of words and sanctions with the West this year, the presidential administration bought more than a million bottles of wine from Europe — stocking up on more than its staff can possibly drink or serve out at receptions, a news report said. Wine is not included in a ban of food imports from the European Union and other Western powers that Moscow introduced […]

• Vodka Blamed For High Death Rates In Russia. Duh.

Vodka Blamed For High Death Rates In Russia. Duh.

The high number of early deaths in Russia is mainly due to people drinking too much alcohol, particularly vodka, research suggests. The study, in The Lancet, says 25% of Russian men die before they are 55, and most of the deaths are down to alcohol. The comparable UK figure is 7%. Causes of death include […]

• 7 Ultimate Destinations for Booze Aficionados

7 Ultimate Destinations for Booze Aficionados

If you think of drinking as something to be done on your couch or in a dive bar, you’re not a booze aficionado. But if you’re willing to hop on a plane to find out more about your favorite beer, wine or cocktail, you most certainly are. If that’s the case, these seven destinations around […]

• Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka

We’ve mixed it with OJ, hidden it in flasks, refilled parents’ bottles with water. But where did vodka come from? Take a good look at the vodka section of your local liquor store. On the upper shelves you’ll find shimmering glass bottles of all shapes and sizes originating from every corner of the world. Vodka […]

• Got $168K burning a hole in your pocket? Penfolds unveils world’s most expensive wine

Got $168K burning a hole in your pocket? Penfolds unveils world’s most expensive wine

Penfolds Commemorates 2004 Block 42 with Limited Edition Ampoule. Penfolds, arguably the leading producer of Australian fine wine, will celebrate the provenance of a truly extraordinary wine, 2004 Block 42, with the launch of twelve limited edition Ampoules, the only wine released that has been completely encased in glass – no cork; no screwcap. Each […]

• SKYY SPIRITS loses right to trademark in Russia

SKYY SPIRITS loses right to trademark in Russia

MOSCOW, June 14 – RAPSI. The Moscow Commercial Court has ruled against the motion filed by U.S.-based SKYY SPIRITS, LLC alcohol producer to protect its right to the SKYY trademark in Russia. The patent agency terminated the SKYY trademark’s legal protection in October 2011 upon the Seychelles-based Esmington Corporation’s request. The corporation said the owner […]

• Russia: Up to a Third of Consumer Items Fake Including Alcohol

Russia: Up to a Third of Consumer Items Fake Including Alcohol

Knockoff Chinese Jin Ling cigarettes from Kaliningrad, Italian Asti wines actually made in the CIS and Bavarian car parts made in Podolsk imply a certain geographic schizophrenia for Russian consumers. But the harsh reality is a market for counterfeit goods that some experts estimate to be worth between $3 billion and $6 billion per year. … Counterfeit alcohol has been a problem in Russia for decades. Earlier this year […]

• The new wave of Russian wine

The new wave of Russian wine

Russia’s winemakers could be raising a glass to toast a presidential plan to use their products to wean the country off heavy drinking. While at first sight Dmitry Medvedev’s plan to combat alcoholism by promoting local wines might seem counter-productive, the growing band of vineyards making high-quality wines hopes that a change in attitudes to […]

• Sushi, whisky & champagne. Aw, hard times in Russia’s VIP prisons

Sushi, whisky & champagne. Aw, hard times in Russia’s VIP prisons

Ex-prisoner claims that if you have cash, you can live the good life behind bars. For most people, spending years in a Russian prison camp would be a living nightmare. But one ex-prisoner has described how it can be a time of whisky, sushi and relative freedom – if you have enough money. Andrei, a […]

• Looking for a hot IPO? Russian ‘champagne’ maker Abrau-Durso plans one in Q2 ’12

Looking for a hot IPO? Russian ‘champagne’ maker Abrau-Durso plans one in Q2 ’12

Russia’s leading premium sparkling wine producer Abrau-Durso, valued at $100 million, plans an initial public offering at the end of 2011 or the start of 2012, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. “The shares are likely to be placed on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange, but we are not considering foreign trading floors yet,” he […]

• Winemaker to develop markets in eastern Europe

Winemaker to develop markets in eastern Europe

ACCOLADE Wines, the private-equity controlled winemaker formally known as Constellation Wines, will use its burgeoning operation in Moscow to develop new markets in eastern Europe in an attempt to balance its huge reliance on the dominant British market and combat the high Australian dollar. The company has a number of countries in its sights including […]

• Wine, Women, and the WTO

Wine, Women, and the WTO

It was a wonderfully Georgian scene. We sat in a little brick farmhouse at the table of a magnificently jolly host named Jumber, who served barbecued pork and wine he had made just a few yards away. Through the window I could see rows of vines, then a medieval church perched on a rock, with […]

• Russian Lawmakers May Tighten Beer Regulations

MOSCOW-(Dow Jones)- Russian lawmakers this week said they would look to tighten the way beer is regulated, which could hurt international brewers such as Carlsberg A/s (CARL-A.KO), Heineken N.V. (HEIA.AE) and Anheuser-Busch InBev ( ABI.BT). The bill, which is in the early stages of discussion in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, could limit […]

• New Year's in Moscow – no booze & few fireworks. No way.

New Year's in Moscow – no booze & few fireworks. No way.

New Year in Moscow has typically been a festival of fireworks and Shampanskoye on city streets. But all that is about to change as 2010 winds down, with only one officially permitted firework display and no boozing allowed. In keeping with existing, but widely ignored laws, drinking alcohol on the streets will be banned. And […]