[AS., from L. vinum.] A drink made from the sweet juices of fruits, which are pressed allowed to fermeut, and then bottled. Grapes are chiefly used for wine-making. Sherry and port are made in Spain and Portugal. Claret is a light, rather acid kind of wine, made in France; from which country we also get champagne, awi n e which contains much carbonic acid gas. The wines of Southern Europe excel in body and strength, but lack the aroma of Rhine wines. Large quantities of wine are now produced in the United States, especially in California. On an average, 100 lbs. of wine contains from 10 lbs. to 15 lbs. of alcohol. When wine is heated in a closed vessel, the alcohol rises out of it as vapor. If the vapor be then made to pass through a tube surrounded by cold water, it will be condensed to brandy.
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN WINE PRESS.