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E&J V.S. Original Extra Smooth Brandy, California, USA

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Ownership: E.&J. Gallo Winery

Average Price $12 (USD)
(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)

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Grape Variety: Brandy

Brandy is the name used for a wide range of potable spirits, made mostly from grape wines but sometimes also from other fruits (for fruit brandies see Eaux-de-Vie). The name brandy is a shortened form of brandywine, which an anglicized form of Dutch brandewijn, which means 'burnt wine'.

This is precisely what brandy is. To make brandy, wine is heated in a still until it separates into its components, which evaporate at various points on the temperature scale. The more volatile the component, the lower the temperature at which it evaporates, leaving behind  the impurities and heavier compounds. This is the process used to turn wine into brandy.

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Region Hierarchy
  • California

    California is the largest and most important wine region in the United States. Occupying the southern two-thirds of the country's west coast (Oregon and Washington make up the rest), it spans almost ten degrees of latitude and 850 miles (1370km) of coastline. With mountains, valleys, plains and plateaux, the state's topography is as complex as its climate, offering winegrowers a bewildering choice of terroir.

    Although Californian wines rose to global renown only in the past few decades (notably after the Paris Judgment of 1976), the state's viticultural history dates back ... more

  • USA

    The United States is the world's fourth-biggest wine-producing nation (behind France, Italy and Spain) and produces roughly 18.5 million hectoliters each year – about 15 percent more than the next largest producer, ... more

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