"To open with, I HAVE been told by many friends that have been to Russia, that many don't trust the water for drinking (especially locals). That was a primary reason that many mix Vodka with their water." Scott who ever told you this????
We don't trust the water the tap water (we use it's just for technical needs), but for drinking and cooking we buy water in can of 5 liters each, such water is brought by a big car to the each block of flats and 1 can (5 liters) costs 1 grivna=20 cents (if I'm correct).
As personally I, I like beer "obolon light" is the best for me, but most of all I enjoy dry white wines, made in Koktebel (Crimea).:)
You kill me Toad! You're worried about what women will think of you by posting anything about the subject of beer, but it's alright to talk about pouring hot sauce in your condoms?????
I'm sure that one raised a few women's eyebrows!! your weird Toad.LOL
Scot, it's true before the USSR Ukraine had very good wines, and a lot of grapes gardens that were destroyed by the Communist rule.
After the USSR broke wine producing in Ukraine started returning back again. We have several great wine producing places, like Koktebel (Crimea) and Koblevo, these are the trademarks as well. And there are good wines produced in the West part of Ukraine. I can name several great wines I really admire, if you need this information:)
OK dry red wines...to me the best are "Koberne", "Kagor"(Though it's thought to be a church's wine, it is produced very widely here too:), "Mustang" (I liked this on very much), "Tamyanka". As for now I remember only these, but you have to excuse me I prefer dry white wines. And I know very little of red wines, just those which I tasted and which I liked:)