Brandy short for brandywine, from Dutch brandewijn ('burnt wine') is a general term for distilled wine, usually 40–60% ethyl alcohol by volume.
Unless specified otherwise, brandy is made from grape wine. It is normally consumed as an after-dinner (digestif) drink.
Brandy made from wine is generally colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of long aging in wooden casks, however grape pomace and fruit brandies are generally drunk un-aged, and are not usually colored.