three brandy snifters lined up in a row

… but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
James Boswell – 1791

Brandy is the mixologists new darling – a luxury sipping spirit that is the basis of many classic cocktails. Yet do we really know what brandy is – its history and manufacture?

This is the story of brandy in all its forms, from its European origins to its introduction to early California – especially Livermore Valley.

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