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Fine Wine Things in Life

MTThe Vinoteka is a spot for serious wine-lovers who are willing to spend.
Inexpensive wine bars, such as Vinosyr or downstairs at Tapa De Comida, have finally started catching on in Moscow. At the same time, the joys of the grape are also spreading in a parallel trend at the opposite end of the price spectrum.

The latest pricey wine bar is The Vinoteka, the third to be opened by sommelier duo Anton Panasenko and Vladimir Basov. And while it may be a little more accessible than its two semi-closed predecessors, it is nonetheless quite a swish affair.

Located in the Ostozhenka-Prechistenka "Golden Mile," The Vinoteka is inside the Artefakt art and antique gallery -- if you visit after the gallery has closed for the evening, you'll need to ring the doorbell. The interior design could be described as tending toward minimalist, if it were not for the classical paintings in gold frames on the walls.

The menu is straightforward, keeping things simple in a gourmet kind of way. The "Raw Bar" section includes five kinds of tartare (390-450 rubles), sea scallop and foie-gras carpaccio (both 390 rubles), sashimi of Scottish salmon (390 rubles) and fresh oysters at 200 rubles apiece.

Hot soups and starters include two sorts of bisque (foie-gras 390 rubles, crayfish 250 rubles) as well as grilled tiger prawns (300 rubles per 100 grams) and grilled sea scallops (550 rubles per 100 grams). The mains are similarly simple, such as grilled rack of lamb (380 rubles per 100 grams) and Black Angus rib-eye steak (325 rubles per 100 grams). There is also a small selection of three cheeses (250-330 rubles for 100 grams).

The wines are obviously chosen by criteria other than affordability, with bottles of white and sparkling varieties both starting at 1,000 rubles and quickly rising from there, while the red starts at 1,730 rubles and stretches up to 38,640 rubles for a bottle of Massetto Tuscan. Divide by five to get the price per glass.

If the considerable selection seems somewhat overwhelming, The Vinoteka has two set tasting menus. The four-dish "Degustation" menu comes with your choice of meat or seafood plus matching wines and costs 4,500 rubles, The "Grand Degustation" consists of eight courses plus wines and costs 7,500 rubles.

30/2 Ul. Prechistenka, 291-3709, noon-11:30 p.m., M. Park Kultury.