Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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ratafia is an old, usually domestically produced wine-based apéritif made in the French countryside by drying grapes to a raisin-like state and then moistening and fermenting them in the spring. Ratafia champenois is self-explanatory but nowadays there are more profitable things to do with Champagne grapes.