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Monday, August 08, 2011

Definitions for chaptalize

  1. To increase the alcohol in a wine by adding sugar.

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Citations for chaptalize
A proprietor who chaptalizes juice or ameliorates juice or wine, or both, shall maintain a record of the operation and the transaction date. , U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 27, Alcohol, Tobacco Products
They chaptalize, they blend, fudge their appellations, water down with lesser stuff. Peter Lewis, Dead in the Dregs: A Babe Stern Mystery
Origin of chaptalize
Chaptalize comes from the French chaptaliser, which is in turn named for the French chemist J. A. Chaptal.
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