This ancient symbol can have many different meanings, but in the context of alchemy it represents spiritus.
Also known as "essence", "finest" and "most precious", "spiritus" can mean a number of different things in the alchemical tradition: it could mean good smelling oils which were distilled from certain plants (specifically an "essence" aspect), or the best and most effective/most potent part of a substance. In the case of wine, for example, this "potent part" would be alcohol.
For a comparable symbol, see 'Essence (alchemy)'.
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