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A liquor distilled from wine and aged in wood, which contributes flavor and color. The finest of all brandies is COGNAC, closely followed by ARMAGNAC. The name brandy comes from the Dutch brandewijin, meaning "burned (distilled) wine." Brandy can also be made from fermented fruits other than grapes (such as the apple-based Calvados), but they are generally qualified by adding the name of the fruit, as in apple brandy. The term brandy by itself generally refers to those made from grapes.

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