Moscow Good Food Club at Wine Religion

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In their continued quest for good food and excellent wines, intrepid members of the Moscow Good Food Club made their way to South West Moscow to visit and experience first hand the cuisine and wines of newly opened and interestingly named, Wine Religion.

Located on Michurinsky Pr, Wine Religion is a new concept for Moscow aimed at providing high quality cuisine and wine to its local audience. With all the new apartment buildings on Michurinsky it is ideally located for this area.

Wine Religion is unlike any other restaurant in Moscow. You enter through the wine store where one can experience the passion of one of Moscow’s leading Sommeliers, Ksenia Karpenko. The wine selection is extremely comprehensive and many are quite reasonably priced (for Moscow). Incidentally if you are buying wine here, in addition to the Sommelier, you can also ask the opinions of the Security Guard! His interest in the products that he is guarding is amazing, as is his English!

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The concept of Wine Religion is a high quality Bistro with a vast variety of fresh products to cover virtually every taste. However for the guests of the Moscow Good Food Club, executive Chef Timur Abuzyarov had prepared a special menu for our enjoyment.

We were welcomed with a beautifully refreshing Bailly Lapiere Brut Cremant de Bourgogne accompanied by glasses of Beetroot Gazpacho. After all we had expected spring by this time however there was yet another covering of snow outside!

Having made acquaintance with the other guests we were asked to take our tables. The meal commenced with a marinated trout tartar with strawberry and sorrel, light and up-lifting and ideally paired with the 2012 Chateau Minuty, Prestige Rose Magnum.

Then followed their amazing Pearl Barley risotto with foie gras and mushrooms. Ksenia’s choice of wine was extremely brave, a 2011 Jose Pariente, Verdejo. It is interesting to note that Verdejo grapes (Spain) are generally harvested at night to allow the grapes to enter the cellar at the lower night time temperatures. Again an amazing pairing that ideally complemented each other.

The main course was Saint-Jacques Scallops served with a beautiful parsnip mousse. This dish was accompanied by a superb 2012 Chatelain, Sancere Selection. Again the flavours melted and combined in the palate prompting oohs and aahhs from the members.

Dessert was a sumptuous Vanilla pannacotta with fresh berries and proved to be a superb end to an amazing meal.

As always the members were asked for their opinion of our MGFC question for the evening:- “Moscow now has a vast range of restaurants, what are the main factors that you take into consideration when choosing where to eat/drink”

As both experts and clients that enjoy good food and drink, the answers were quite similar from each table, and concentrated mostly on Value for Money, location, service and continuity. Non-smoking or minimal smoke was also a high consideration.

So on a cold March evening members of the Moscow Good Food Club bid their farewells to Wine Religion all with a promise to return very soon.

Congratulations to the entire team at Wine Religion and grateful thanks to Timur for an excellent meal and very special thanks to Ksenia Karpenko for the amazing wines that we were able to enjoy together.