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Master Distiller & Master Blender Hubert Germain-Robin, is the creator of world-renowned brandies and author of Traditional Distillation: Art & Passion and Maturation of Distilled Spirit: Vision & Patience. Germain-Robin’s family history goes back centuries in Cognac, where his family had been producing brandies under the name Jules Robin and Company since the 18th century. He came to California in the 1980s and single-handedly changed the way brandy is produced and perceived by using Cognac techniques with California grape varietals.