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Issue: January 31, 1998

January 31, 1998 High-Spirited The traditions of the past play a big role in creating Cognac, but appreciating the world's most famous brandy is easy to do right now By Sam Gugino One of the great ironies of the spirits world is that Cognac is made from a wine that would be undrinkable if not distilled and aged into the most famous brandy on the planet.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands January 31, 1998.

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