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Several parts of France have a tradition of adding unfermented grape juice to the local spirit to make a vin de liqueur. Despite the name, these are not wines. Examples are Pineau des Charente from the Cognac district, and Macvin from the Jura. The Pineau des Char-ente recipe is one part cognac to three parts grape juice. Both ingredi-ents should come from the same estate. The result is a sweet drink, usually white or amber in colour, but occasionally rose. Production is regu-lated by an AOC, as is that of other vins de liqueur, or mistelles as they are sometimes called.

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