From 1940 to date Christian Brothers have continuously expanded their
operations at Napa, north and south of St. Helena and at Reedley and Fresno
in the San Joaquin Valley. The story of Napa Valley is closely allied with the
development of the wine industry in this region. The locally grown California grapes are of the finest varietals which contribute to the flavorful, light taste. Distilled in massive copper alembic stills, as well as efficient patent stills, the Brandies are aged a minimum of 2 to 6 years in hand-selected American white oak bourbon barrels. The "Christian Brothers" name was sold to Heaven Hill distilleries, and they produce a "Christian Brothers Brandy":
Christian Brothers Ruby Port
Characterized by a full body as well as a distinctive berry collar. Generous flavors are reminiscent of cherries bathed in luscious chocolate. It can serve as a delightful alternative to brandy. Expertly fashioned to follow the European traditions of Port, it is aged for maximum flavor. This Ruby Port is the ideal complement to rich desserts such as cheeses or chocolate cake.
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Port is made from partially fermented grape juice, which had Brandy added to
stop the fermentation process. Port can be made from a variety of red wines, and some winemakers also make fortified sweet white wine in the same process. Port are first produced in Portugal, near the city of Porto, hence
their name: Port wines.
There are many types of Port, from Tawny to Late Bottle Vintage (LBV) to Ruby to Vintage.