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November 2001
Brandy Barrels
by Mick Winter
"Brandy" comes from the Dutch "brandewijn" or "burned wine." It has been a popular drink for more than 400 years, and its production is slowly spreading in California. The barrel of choice for small California brandy makers is French Limousin oak. It's not just out of respect for tradition. The porous, looser grain of Limousin wood gives the brandy the degree of breathing it needs for optimum aging.Hubert Germain-Robin, co-founder and brandy master at Germain-Robin in Ukiah, California, insists ...
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