Brandy

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BRANDY. A spirituous liquor made of wine by distillation. See stat. 22 Car. H. c. 4.

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Wine producers' appreciation of Chenin Blanc originally stemmed from the grape's versatility--it can be turned into anything from a quality sparkling wine to a fortified jerepigo (very sweet, unfermented grape juice fortified with grape spirit) and everything in between--good yield, and its suitability for making brandy.
Other French spirits worth trying are Armagnac (grape spirit) and Calvados (apple spirit from Normandy)
Based on clear grape spirit from the Loire Valley , it is flavoured with bitter green oranges from the West Indies and southern France and a secret combination of herbs.
It is then fortified with the addition of a neutral grape spirit aguardente which stops the fermentation.
Wines fortified by the addition of grape spirit during vinification open up a whole new and scrumptious chapter of libations to conclude your culinary celebration with.
The fermentation is then arrested by the addition of a neutral grape spirit, approximately onefifth of the volume, in a process known as mutage.
Banyuls, from close to the border with Spain, offers a similar experience, again made from partly-fermented Grenache which remains sweet after it is fortified by grape spirit, a little bit like a tawny port.
The incredibly concentrated juice, destined to become perhaps the sweetest wine on the planet, slowly begins to ferment, but before much of the precious sugar is transformed into alcohol, grape spirit is added.
jerepigo Wine style consisting of very sweet, unfermented grape juice fortified with grape spirit.