Churchill Vineyards, the only estate winery and first legal distillery in Nevada, will release Churchill Vineyards Brandy for retail purchase at an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at 1045 Dodge Lane in Fallon.
The brandy is projected to be in retail stores around Nov. 11.
“This is a very exciting time for the expansion of our business,” said Colby Frey, who owns and operates Churchill Vineyards with his wife, Ashley. “We’ve been aging the brandy in premium French oak barrels for five years, allowing us to use the prestigious VSOP designation. Since 2006, we have been experimenting with our Nevada grapes, grains and other Nevada-grown products to produce high-quality spirits. With the passage of recent legislation, we are now able to sell our long-aged spirits.”
Frey handcrafted and distilled the brandy in small batches using the same grapes used to produce Churchill Vineyards’ wines. The quality of the brandy can be seen in the natural amber hue, characterizing the extraction of the oak and flavor from the French oak barrels.
“Wine and spirits have a well-documented place in the history of the Old West,” Frey said. “Coming from a long line of Nevada farmers, we’re excited to tap into Nevada’s history and bring to market a great product made from Nevada resources.”
Churchill Vineyards wine is at retail outlets Whole Foods, Scolari’s Food and Drug Co. and Total Wine & More. For details on the brandy release date, visit www.churchillvineyards.com or follow the winery on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/churchillvineyards.