«Russian game» in Sevastopol: dry vs sweet

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Mid-December is the perfect time to explore the market of sparkling wines, the main and constant attribute of the holiday table. Traditionally this was the time the experts determine the best sparkling wine in the country – in the course of the contest «Russian game». This time in Sevastopol.

«Involved 10 wineries – large and small, who presented on court of experts of 28 sparkling wines», — told RIA Novosti the Crimea wine expert, sommelier Dmitry Kovalev.

The majority of participants were companies from the Crimea and Sevastopol. Two producers of the Kuban, one of Rostov region.

«Russian game», we conducted our first in 2014. Three times the contest was held in Moscow, and this year we decided to attract more attention to Crimea, especially Sevastopol. The wine history of Russia created after all in the South. It is the Sevastopol I would call the capital of the sparkling wines of tank type. Why we are here,» — said the expert.

Determine the best sparkling wine in the country six experienced experts. «The criteria is always the same for all contests: purity of taste, aroma, balance, acidity,» — told RIA Novosti Crimea sommelier Hope Kosenko.

«Our people love the champagne in the blood – since the Napoleonic wars, tsarist Russia, the Soviet period. Recent years, the interest in sparkling wines is growing at a tremendous pace. Today Russia is in second place for the consumption of sparkling wines in the world after Germany. Before that we were ahead of France. Winemakers of Russia can offer a quality, worthy product,» said Kovalev.

While the Russian sparkling wines are not in great demand abroad. «For a niche consumption of the Russian sparkling wines was observed in London. Probably due to the migrants from Russia. Popular wines from the region of Abrau-Dyurso. The second area is Asia, China. There come the Russian sparkling wines from the Kuban. While in small quantities, but the growth trend is. In terms of price-quality we can compete,» — said the expert.

According to the expert, to choose the right sparkling wine for the holiday is not difficult.

«When buying champagne it is necessary to pay attention to where wine is produced. The choice should be made in favor of the regions where the grapes grow. If you see a sparkling wine from the Northern region of the country – it is clearly made of imported raw wine. Higher chance to buy quality wine if it is made in the Crimea, the Kuban and Rostov region, but not the North,» says Kovalev.

Another criterion for good product – the price. «Even with promotions and sales – price high quality Russian sparkling wine may not be lower than 200-250 rubles a bottle. Note that there are two ways of production of sparkling wines – classic, when the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle, and the reservoir when the wine is in the tank. The first method is a bit more expensive – prices start from 500-600 rubles per bottle,» — emphasizes the expert.

According to sommelier Nicholas Skyby, sparkling wine combined with so many traditional new year snacks.

«For many it’s crazy, but sparkling is perfect with the herring under a fur coat. Although there are nuances: one should avoid wines from grapes Pinot Noir – it can give iron flavor. For herring under a fur coat suitable for sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Muscat, Riesling. In General, almost all Russian cuisine goes well with sparkling wines. Cheeses, salads, pastries, fish dishes, poultry is ideal for such guilt,» he said.

But with meat we have to be careful.

«Some sparkling wines from duck, suitable and tender veal cooked in a special way. Of course, the steaks we’re not talking — there are red still wines. Game – wild boar, deer — they should also be avoided,» said Skiba.

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Not only wine

Competition sparkling wines are the main but not the only event «Russian game». The competition is held several master classes. In particular, the cupping – a professional coffee tasting.

«The cupping is carried out in some cases: when the buyer comes to the plantation, and before purchasing tasting coffee. The cupping is also used by roasters to identify defects and to unlock the potential of the grain. Another purpose of professional coffee tasting – for drawing up of a mixture of different varieties of coffee», — told RIA Novosti Crimea expert Alex kazadaeu.

Also as part of the competition will be held tasting of the Crimean cheeses, which, according to experts, are equal to the products of Italy and France.

© RIA Novosti / the Crimea / Alexander Presentationerna degustation of the Russian sparkling wines «Russian game» in Sevastopol «Russian game» in Sevastopol: dry vs sweet© RIA Novosti / the Crimea / Alexander Presentationerna degustation of the Russian sparkling wines «Russian game» in Sevastopol

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