Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn, “gebrande wijn” “burned wine”) is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Brandy generally contains 35–60% alcohol by volume (70–120 US proof) and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks, some are coloured with caramel colouring to imitate the effect of aging, and some brandies are produced using a combination of both aging and colouring.
Paul Masson Brandy is proof positive that good spirits don’t have to be expensive and that low priced spirits can be quite good. There’s so much attention given to American whiskey, it’s a shame that more people aren’t seeking out American brandy as a great alternative that’s easier on the palate and on the pocketbook.
St-Rémy VSOP conveys the taste of small, freshly-picked red berries, while bringing out the sweet vanilla flavour of oak. It is a rounded, balanced spirit that is easy to drink. With its light and subtle nose, St-Rémy VSOP is excellent served as an aperitif or in cocktails.
E & J
As passionate brandymakers, we think of brandy as the crowning achievement of the winemaking process. And in our world, quality brandy can only be made from quality wine. We make brandy that delivers the distinctive natural aromas and flavors of the fine grape varieties we use from California’s top winegrowing regions. From French Colombard to Grenache and Barbera, each variety is selected for its ability to age and develop nuanced flavors. We then age our brandies in seasoned oak barrels in a temperature-controlled environment and continually taste from the barrels to assess the quality and maturity of each lot before blending each brandy in the E&J collection.
Lepanto is the only brandy to be distilled in the city of Jerez. Established in 1886, the company’s brandies are all made from Palomino grapes and aged for 15 years, the difference being the cask used.
This unique Spanish brandy is aged, like a sherry, in a solera made from casks that previously held fine Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso sherries, imparting an incredible richness & complexity to the spirit.