California Brandy Summit 2017

Top Producers Promise to Restore World-Class Status of California Brandy
First Ever Summit Sees Industry Enthusiasm for California Brandy Quality

A group of leaders in the American spirits industry gathered on April 24 and 25, 2017 for the first ever California Brandy Summit and pledged to restore the perception of California Brandy as ranking alongside the world’s most acclaimed spirits.

Top tier brandy producers, mixologists, and national influencers met for two days of discussions, seminars and tastings aimed at assessing the current perception of California Brandy and at steering the future of the spirit.

The result was the pledge, formalized in The Declaration to Raise the Status of California Brandy, that said, in part, “We are committed to heralding the exceptional brandy crafted by California producers. We are committed to restoring the perception of California Brandy as ranking alongside the world’s most acclaimed spirits.”

The Brandy Summit featured discussions facilitated by F. Paul Pacult, editor and publisher of Spirits Journal and one of America’s foremost spirits authorities, with premium California Brandy Producers on the art and science of Brandy making.

The group examined the best practices in brandy making, including distillation techniques, maturation and blending, and discussed whether there is a need for more production guidelines in California Brandy.

Elite mixologists and summit participants demonstrated California Brandy’s versatility by creating brandy cocktails ranging from new takes on modern classics to bright, refreshing spring and summer-style drinks.

The summit concluded with an enthused participant body ready to advocate and educate on the impressive qualities and characteristics that will garner California Brandy a perception equal to some of the world’s finest spirits.

To see The Declaration to Raise the Status of California Brandy, click here add your signature to this impressive movement.