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Nadeshda Denisovna squeezes the remaining juice from her homemade grape press in her backyard in Vilkovo. Vilkovo is known for a specific type of grape known as "novak," which is pressed each fall by villagers and fermented into homemade wine. The grape juice is put into large glass jars and stopped with a variety of objects, often an apple or onion to keep the fruit flies from invading and to also serve as a rudimentary airlock. Once finished fermenting, the wine is funneled into reused soda, juice, and water bottles, where it is kept for later use?often large dinners or holiday celebrations. It is common for Ukrainians to offer many toasts during dinner with company, and it is customary after such toasts to drink your wine as a shot?all at once. Wine is sold at the market and out of people's houses for about 15 UAH per liter.
Nadeshda Denisovna squeezes the remaining juice from her homemade grape press in her backyard in Vilkovo. Vilkovo is known for a specific type of grape known as "novak," which is pressed each fall by villagers and fermented into homemade wine. The grape juice is put into large glass jars and stopped with a variety of objects, often an apple or onion to keep the fruit flies from invading and to also serve as a rudimentary airlock. Once finished fermenting, the wine is funneled into...
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