Grappa: Wine’s Essence Distilled

High quality versions of this Italian classic deserve a spot in every wine lover’s spirit cabinet

Grappa: Wine’s Essence Distilled
Pomace, the raw material for making grappa. (Courtesy of Marolo)
From the Apr 30, 2022, issue

Grappa long ago cast off its reputation as rustic firewater. But it hasn’t exactly become a household staple either, which is a shame, since the best examples can be exquisitely refined and complex—and channel the essence of wine better than any other distilled spirit. Learn more about Italian grappa and discover five Wine Spectator–recommended versions from top distillers to sip and savor.

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