Distilled and aged to showcase the elegance of a fine California brandy, E&J VS has flavors of sweet dried fruit and varietal French Colombard, Folle Blanche, St. Emilion and early Barbera wine grapes, balanced beautifully with subtle notes of toasted brown spice and vanilla. E&J VS Brandy is soft and light-bodied with a crisp, clean finish.
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.