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Russian wine tasting: Russia, wine and revolution

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Tuesday 7 March 2017
7 — 9pm

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Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932

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Niko Pirosmani, The Feast of Five Princes, 1906.

© Georgian National Museum.

One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, we explore wines of Russian provenance and the influence of the region’s most prolific winemakers in other parts of the world. Join us for one or both events, in a two-part series of tastings, inspired by the powerful exhibition ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932’.

Enjoy an expert-led tasting of wines from Georgia, Moldova and Armenia, as we explore the impact of the momentous revolution on Russia’s wine industry. Over the 100 years prior to the Russian Revolution, the tradition of fine dining ‘service a la russe’ was prevalent with an abundance of fine wines and Champagne – the best and most expensive the world could offer. After the Revolution, consumption of premium wines fell in sharp decline, but the last few decades have witnessed a revival of old traditions. In this tasting we will explore the quality wines that are being produced today from Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova.

Tanya Nesterova has been a visiting lecturer at Westminster University for 17 years. She studied wine at WSET, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and has worked at the museum of wine, Vinopolis, for 9 years. She also writes about wine, specialising in Russian wines.

In the second event of our Russian wine tasting series you can enjoy wines inspired by Russia’s most influential post-prohibition winemaker, André Tchelistcheff. Born in Russia, he was forced to flee Moscow during the revolution and became a prolific wine maker in America and parts of Europe, helping to define the style of California’s best wines. Read more and book

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Tuesday 7 March 2017

7 — 9pm

The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£40. Includes 6 – 7 wine tastings. Friends and supporters only.