Gérard Depardieu has announced plans to launch a “bio-vodka” and a chain of three restaurants in his adopted Russia.
The inaugural International Sherry Week, which took place on 2-8 June, has been hailed a success after attracting 100,000 participants via over 2,000 events.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has revealed his ambition to almost double the size of Russia’s vineyards by 2020, according to a report by The Moscow Times.
Russian tastes for imported and sparkling wines are growing while the popularity of traditional beverages such as vodka and beer are in decline.
Illegal vodka trade accounted for 55% of Russia’s entire vodka market in 2013, while its legal vodka production dropped by 17% in this year’s first quarter.
The King of the Netherlands and the Russian president met for a beer at the Winter Olympics at a time of tension between the two countries.
Russian Standard, the largest wine and spirits company in central and eastern Europe, have announced a partnership to distribute Concha y Toro wines in Russia.
Madcap Scottish craft brewers, BrewDog, has launched a “protest beer” aimed at Vladimir Putin and Russia’s laws on homosexuality.
The “world’s most expensive cocktail” has been sold at the opening of an ice terrace at a restaurant in Moscow for $50,000.
Vodka consumption has been closely linked to data showing that 25% of Russian men will die before the age of 55.
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