Hubert Germain-Robin, the first distiller to use wines from world-class varietal grapes, has created one of the world’s great spirits. Following a chance 1981 meeting with Ansley Coale, Hubert took an antique still from an abandoned distillery near Cognac and brought it to Coale’s Mendocino County ranch, where the two men built a modest distillery. Hubert used the old still to return to ancient craft methods passed for centuries from master to apprentice. However, he broke with tradition by experimenting with distilling wines made from premium wine grapes. The Craft-Method Brandy This is a VSOP-level brandy incorporating several older brandies in the blend; it shows a fresh light fruitiness and excellent body and overall unbelievable quality for the price.