In the April issue of San Francisco Magazine I wrote three stories on California brandy.
In this piece, I tell the story of how the craft distilling movement was mostly born in California, and mostly started with European distillers (St George, Charbay, Germain-Robin) making grape and other brandies. The piece looks at the past of brandy and the potentially big future for the category as bartenders love it and as a major player - Gallo Wines - purchased Germain-Robin and now offers three distinct brandy lines.
Local distilleries making brandy, or using it as a base for gin and other spirits.
As it says, here are ten brandy cocktails to grab in SF and the East Bay right now.