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Vodka is a clear, high-strength alcoholic beverage made from two base ingredients; ethanol and water. The purity of the ethanol and the quality of the water are essentially the only factors governing the mouthfeel and flavor of the finished product.
The name vodka is derived from the Slavic word voda, which means "water". As the additional "k" puts the word into its diminutive form, vodka can be translated as "little water"....more
Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than 6.5 million square miles (17 million square km) of northern Eurasia. It also spans 143 degrees of longitude (from 27 east to 170 east) and 41 degrees of latitude (from 41 north to 82 north). It is the latter of these statistics that is responsible for the relative lack of Russian wine on international markets, as only its southernmost lands are capable of supporting quality viticulture.
'Rest of World' is a phrase rapidly becoming less and less meaningful (and less easily definable) with each year that passes in the modern wine world. Wine is now produced in more and more regions all over the world, and production volumes in established stalwarts such as France, Italy, Spain and Germany are steadily reducing. Long-dormant vineyard zones are being revived (in Georgia, for example) and new wine-bearing terroirs are being sought out in locations as far-flung as...more
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