What's the process to convert wine into fuel?

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I love the green and home-grown potential of converting wine to fuel, but I admit to picturing Lucy and Ethel (Ethel-nol, get it?) in the grape-stomping episode of "I Love Lucy" and can't really wrap my head around how many grapes it would take to ferment enough wine to distill into enough concentrated alcohol to power a lot of vehicles. I would be very interested in seeing a graphic representation comparing barrels of petroleum fuel to barrels or bottles of vino-fuel needed per car. That would be fascinating.

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