E&J Brandy is America’s most awarded brandy. Our experience of making brandy since 1938 allowed us to perfect our craft and bring the best brandy to market. We distill only the finest wine into brandy and age it for at least two years. The result is a collection of smooth brandies for enjoying straight or mixing into a variety of cocktails. E&J VSOP has distinct vanilla, apple and berry notes rounded out with hints of toasted oak.
VSOP could be sipped with various hor d`oeuvres. Brandy is an integral part of many popular food recipes. As a beverage, VSOP is often enjoyed straight or over ice. It can also be blended in an assortment of drink recipes. VSOP can be mixed with fruit juices, flavored and unflavored sodas, liqueurs and other distilled spirits.
Our founders, Ernest and Julio Gallo, sold their first brandy under the ”Cream of California” label in 1938, following in the footsteps of the Spanish missions who had made brandy in California as far back as the late 18th century. After Prohibition, a number of California grape harvests were unduly large, prompting producers to distill almost half of their crop into brandy that could be stored in barrels for several years. Thus a prototypical California-style brandy was born, lighter in flavor and mouthfeel than its European counterparts and better for mixing into a range of cocktails. Decades later, we still make our brandy in a style unique to California, with subtle, enticing flavors and a smooth mouthfeel.