Shabo – Grand Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2014. Yes, Ukrainian wine.
When returning from my recent trip to visit Armenian wineries, I had a layover in Kiev’s Boryspil Airport and despite reliable free wifi, there wasn’t much to do but wander around, eat a damned fine cheesecake, and browse duty free including what turned out to be a good booze shop. Naturally, this being part of the former Soviet Union, the Vodka selection was beyond reproach, including bottles that were cheaper than actual water! But behind the Vodkopolis there was the wine section including yes, Ukrainian wine. The thought may strike people as odd in a “who woulda thunk it?” kind of way, but surprisingly, it was Ukraine, not Georgia that was the biggest supplier of wines during Soviet times. Or, so the figures seem to state as finding out much on Ukrainian wine is tricky. There’s not much beyond articles talking about how the annexation by Russia of Crimea stole […]