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MODESTO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has purchased Germain-Robin, California's first luxury brandy.




In 1981, Ansley J. Coale Jr. had a chance encounter along Highway 101 in Northern California with Hubert Germain-Robin of the Jules Robin family, Cognac producers since 1782. Hubert's desire at that time was to create a small distillery using traditional craft-method distillation techniques. In 1982, he and Ansley established Germain-Robin. The two men began making brandies from premium California wine grapes. By the late 1990s, when Germain-Robin's cellar had matured, their brandies gained attention as some of the world's finest spirits recognized for their elegant, complex and distinct taste.


Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin were pioneers in the creation of critically-acclaimed world class California brandies, as well as innovatively blending Cognac traditions and techniques with California winemaking and premium grape varieties.


Gallo's acquisition includes the Germain-Robin brand, the inventory of aged and aging brandies and all finished goods. These unique and irreplaceable aged inventories include brandy lots that are over 30 years old, crafted from a broad range of traditional Cognac and Armagnac grape varieties, as well as non-traditional varietals such as Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.


"It is a privilege to be entrusted with the stewardship of Germain-Robin's California brandy legacy," said Ernest J. Gallo, General Manager of Gallo's Spirits Business. "We are fortunate to have Ansley Coale and Joseph Corley, Hubert's apprentice and current Germain-Robin distiller and cellarmaster, remain involved as part of the acquisition.  We are pleased to continue delivering remarkable and unique California brandies that will appeal to whiskey and bourbon drinkers and other connoisseurs of brown spirits around the world."                      


"For decades, Germain-Robin has struggled to place brandy distilled from California wine where it belongs: a category, long overlooked, in fact worthy of inclusion at all levels among the world's finest spirits," said founder Ansley Coale. "We hope — indeed intend — that our unique knowledge and capabilities, supported and augmented by, and carefully integrated into, Gallo's deep experience and powerful resources in both production and marketing, will help bring brandy from California wine the recognition it so richly deserves."


International Wine Associates served as the exclusive financial advisor for Germain-Robin.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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August 15, 2017

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Take Back the Well:
Marten Brewing Co.

Vernon takes back the well as Marten Brewing Co.. joins on as one of our first hometown partners!

"MBC is a craft beer, N2 coffee and kombucha manufacturer, so we understand and respect the dedication and skill required in perfecting craft beverages.

"Taking back the well with fine small batch craft spirits is a luxury and exactly conveys our culture." - Pearl Marten, Director Proprietor.

Daine Boring (MBC Sales Rep), Tyler Dyck (Okanagan Spirits CEO) and  Melissa Yano (MBC Head of Front House Management) celebrate the launch.

In putting Farm-to-Flask locally produced world-class spirits ahead of the big multinationals, Marten Brewing Co. has shown that they are at the forefront of farm-to-table in everything they do! Our family at Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery salutes you for choosing us as your signature brand for premium craft BC spirits. 

With the excitement of our launch we are looking to feature our 'Take Back the Well' businesses as they make the change to support local and hope that you choose to support them as we do. 

To read more about Marten Brewing Co. please click on the link. 


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August 9, 2017

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