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Mark Backlund — Anacortes, Washington asks,
I was proud to see my letter was selected for publishing in your great column (October–November 2011). Unfortunately the question was misunderstood. I didn’t intend to suggest stopping “paying back the angel’s share.” In fact, continual topping off has become one of the primary tenets of my wine religion! Instead, I wanted to discuss the possibility that adding back whole wine to the barrel while evaporation took away only water (and alcohol?) wouldn’t result in a concentration of all the other constituents and therefore the flavor, and therefore be something to encourage. Wine in, water out, more wine in, more water out?