Vladimir Putin and his Friends – Taking Control of Russian Wine

When he is not focusing his attention on his invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president and his entourage take a particular interest in wine. Last year, laws allowing domestic wine to be described as shampanskoe on official labels while Champagne could only be called ‘sparkling wine’ hit the headlines. But, as Sergey Panov reveals, other moves have been far more significant.

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Ukrainian Publisher Announces Global Wine Travel Award Winners

Despite the constraints of the war with Russia, Drinks+ is helping to shine a spotlight on the best wine tourism initiatives in East Europe and beyond.

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ProWein Special: Central- and Eastern Europe

Wine production, export data, consequences of the Russian war.

Eastern Europe is located in Hall 11 at ProWein.

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Ukrainian Cyberwarfare Targets Russian Wine Market

While Russian and Ukrainian troops bombard each other with heavy artillery, Kiev's IT specialists are quietly using their computer skills to undermine Russian daily life.

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Sommelier Association Platform to Help Ukrainian Refugees Find Work

The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) is launching a platform for employers willing to offer employment to Ukrainian refugees.

Russia and Ukraine – the Wider Implications

Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine raises unhappy memories in Georgia which suffered a similar fate in 2008 -  as well as current fears there and in Moldova which will also have to provide sanctuary to Ukrainians who flee across its border

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Wines from the edge

As Marina Mayevska, managing editor of Ukraine’s Drinks+ magazine, reports, Europe’s easternmost wine regions have been through tumultuous times.

The game of wines

Wine has played an integral role in Crimea for more than 120 years. But now it’s caught in the crossfire of great power politics, finds Felicity Carter.