Brandy for the Cold Weather

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Now that the cold weather is upon us, nothing warms the cockles of the heart better than a brandy. Made by distilling wine, it is usually aged in oak barrels and is soothing, warm and ethereal. As a distillate, it is high in alcohol, around 40% by volume, so one sips it sparingly. Occasionally used for “medicinal” purposes, it is most often enjoyed socially out of a snifter, a large-barreled glass. Especially great after outdoor activities by a roaring fire! Some folks like it in coffee or hot chocolate. Most countries that make vino produce a brandy of sorts, but perhaps the best and most renown come from France in the form of Cognac and Armagnac. If you’re looking for something to take the edge off of winter, then brandy is just the thing.

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