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First in Nevada - Churchill Vineyards Licensed to Distill!

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Churchill Vineyards is making history with each pour. They've mastered wine making with grapes they grow on property. Now they're taking it one step further by turning their wine into brandy - and it's ready to be uncorked. 

Ashley Frey of Churchill Vineyards says, "This is our brandy we're really excited to release it."

Their bottles of brandy are part of Nevada's very first batch of liquor to be legally distilled and sold at their estate distillery.

As soon as Nevada's politicians legalized distilleries in the state this year, the Department of Taxation says they issued the state's very first craft license to Churchill Vineyards.

Owner, winemaker and distiller Colby Frey tested out different combinations of grapes and wine over several years to create what he believes is now bottle-worthy.

The Freys are also rare winemakers who use their farming expertise to grow grapes in the desert. Colby Frey says, "We are not fortunate like California where you can look at your neighbor. We had to start from scratch and plant a whole bunch of grapes. Of those, some did terrible some did great."

Their vines survive snow and sun allowing them to crush, age, bottle, and sell their wine on their property.

"It's really hot during the day and cold at night and that adds sugars and complexity to the wine," says Colby.

But from wine, also comes a far more potent pour. Colby says, "The alcohol boils, it steams up, you collect the steam and that's actually the brandy." They boil the wine at more than 172 degrees and when that steam turns to liquid, it gets stored in oak barrels. Ashley says, "You make wine first which is why it was so natural for us to get into this market."  

What you get out of each bottle is 40% alcohol and a soothing, savory, sweet flavor. 

You can buy their brandy at Churchill Vineyards now and it will soon be for sale at local stores. They have a two bottles per person limit. They will also have a public tasting this Saturday Nov. 9th at Churchill Vineyards, located at 1045 Dodge Lane in Fallon.

That's not all -- they've been growing grains on property since the mid-1800s and they're turning that into liquor too. Part two of what else is in store for Nevada's first legalized distillery is Wednesday at 5pm on KTVN Channel 2 News.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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