California Brandy House will be the first stand-alone tasting room dedicated to solely California brandies.
It is unveiled at First Street Napa, a collection of artisan retail and dining in the middle of downtown Napa. Opening for outdoor tastings only, the California Brandy House will first showcase two leading brandies: Germain-Robin and Argonaut.
Through tasting flights, the guests will discover the luxury brandy, including limited offerings and single-barrel samples that are not available anywhere else. Reservations must be made in advance to ensure proper social distancing for the best guest experience. The tastings, that will take place in the outdoor parklet, will be the first of its kind.
Guests can purchase the full Germain-Robin and Argonaut portfolio as well as the ability to customize every bottle with a laser engraving. More experiences will be added in the future.
“Our California brandies, like Germain-Robin and Argonaut, are crafted from world-class white and red grape varieties exclusively grown on California soil,” says Britt West, Vice President and General Manager of Gallo Spirits, a division of E. & J. Gallo Winery. “These fine brandies are as rich, vibrant, and complex as the land itself. There is no better place than Napa Valley, the heart of wine country, to re-establish California brandy among the world’s best-distilled spirits.”
California Brandy House will join First Street Napa, where there’s a walkable collection of Napa Valley’s most innovative merchants, chefs, artists, and tasting rooms.
“Since its inception, First Street Napa has been committed to cultivating distinctive destinations to shop and explore, and California Brandy House is a wonderful example of a completely new concept,” said Todd Zapolski, managing partner, First Street Napa. “With its stylish aesthetic and unique tasting options, it’s going to be a real draw. We are thrilled to welcome them to our community.”
Brandy has played a major role in California drinks history, despite today’s up-and-coming trend in brown spirits. The tasting room will allow guests to learn more about the spirits west coast history, like how missionary Franciscan monks used wine country grapes to crafts California’s first brandy.
California Brandy House will continue to make adjustments to the tasting experience with its guests, employees, and communities’ health and well-being at the forefront. They will stay up to date with all local, state, and national requirements.
“The Gallo family has been devoted to the pursuit of crafting the best brandy for generations,” says West. “California Brandy House cements that commitment now and into the future. We look forward to inviting a new generation to discover and explore fine, California-appellation brandies.”