Greetings in Christ's love!
I still think there is a difference between our two Churches on this point. The Orthodox demand wine, and red wine, and wine that is living (i.e., not chemically stopped.) Anything less is considered unsuitable. If you have a priest's Sluzhebnik all these requirements are printed at the back in fine print. The fact that some suffering priests in the gulag had to resort to fermenting raisins does not establish a precedent and I doubt that under normal circumstances where red wine is available the Lord will deign to take up residence in fermented raisin water.
When I attend Catholics masses for things such as weddings and funerals, what I see in the glass chalices is not red wine. Instead it is of a yellow colour. Does that happen in the States? Do you know the story behind it?