Sunday, August 05, 2007

Wine, Moscow, and Travels


French photographer and wine-aficionado Bertrand Celce has an article in Wine Terroirs Blog about the Vinosyr Wine Bar in Moscow (Malyi Palashevsky p. 6, Moscow. Metro: Pushkinskaya-Tverskaya). Mr. Celce provides some lovely photography of Vinosyr and an evaluation of it's atmosphere, selection, and service.
Wine bars are coming to Russia, to Moscow at least. Wine bars are usually the last wine thing to come in a country newly converted to wine (but is Russia really a newbee in wine?), long after the full wine sections in the supermarkets and the opening of specialized wine shops. It is one thing to sell wine in the retail sector but is usually a much more arduous one to have people come to a place just to buy a glass of wine and stay afloat in this business. It is already a challenge in the West, so imagine in a country discovering wine where not so long ago the only available wine were low-quality wines from Moldova, Southern Russia or Bulgaria. Some such wine bars were short lived and closed, but some others keep sprouting in Moscow under the impulse of daring sommeliers or passionates. Anatoly Sokolov is one of the latter and while he does not come from the restaurant business, he said in an interview that he wanted long ago to open a wine bar. And he opened Vinosyr last November (2006).
I think those interested in wine and travel will find many other things at Wine Terroir to enjoy as well. Mr. Celce seems to enjoy his work and travels and it shows in his selection of imagery and topics for discussion.

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