The presentation of the Russian Buyers Guide 2012 published on the initiative of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia and Asti Group Exhibition Company, which will showcase the best wines of Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, will take place within the frames of the international exhibition Russian Wine Fair 2012.
It is the second, completely revised edition, which contains the information about the wines and brandies of the leading Russian enterprises. This guide also introduces some of the companies and products from neighboring countries. The present edition has appeared thanks to the cooperation and dedication of professionals of the wine industry, Russian and international wine experts, members of the jury of tasting competitions, renowned wine journalists and sommeliers, who throughout eight "blind" tasting sessions evaluated flavor and aroma indicators of wines and brandies.
The publishers have decided to stick to almost identical to the first edition of the Guide multi-stage hierarchy of quality:
Three clusters - the best wines and brandies of the greatest interest to the consumer. They have a peculiar national color and can confidently compete with foreign counterparts. Almost all wine-medalists - winners of the Russian and international tasting competitions - have got into this category.
Two clusters - wines of good quality, which in most cases are sold at comparatively low prices.
One cluster - wines of reasonable quality, which sometimes have a few shortcomings.
The first section of the book is dedicated to sparkling wines and Russian champagne. The second - to white wines. The following sections - to pink, red and special wines. The sixth section describes flavored wines and wine beverages. And finally, the seventh - the Russian and Armenian cognac, as well as the strong grape beverages.
In each section, wines and spirits are grouped under the name of the winery or producer. The wine and cognac farms are organized in the alphabetical order. Wines of "Abrau-Durso" are followed by the production of "Aurora" and then by "Bodegas Valdepablo-Neva" and so on.
The following information is available on the last pages of the Guide: description of grapes varieties; summary table of regalia received by Russian wines in recent years, addresses and contact details of farms, as well as outlets of their products, alphabetical list of wines, table of contents, and finally, a brief resume of the tasters.
We hope that this Guide will become a reliable support for Russian customer in choosing wines, and will help the readers to understand the quality of presented drinks and expert advices.