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Alcohol Reinforcement

Name for the addition of alcohol to wine; see under Spriten.

Term (also spritzing) for the addition of mostly pure alcohol to grape must or wine. The term is derived from Sprit (spirit) or Esprit (French spirit). However, the term spriten is not defined in wine law; the relevant legal texts always refer to the "addition of alcohol". This form of winemaking has an old tradition mainly in southern countries such as Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Spain and was used in the past mainly to make the wine more durable, especially for long voyages by ship. This...

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