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Wisconsin wineries branch into brandy making

3:51 PM, Apr. 5, 2013
Philippe Coquard of Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac, samples the all-Wisconsin brandy that his business will release for sale on April 13.
Philippe Coquard of Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac, samples the all-Wisconsin brandy that his business will release for sale on April 13.
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Grounds to Wollersheim Winery, across the Wisconsin River from Prairie du Sac, open at 8 a.m. April 13, and winemaker Philippe Coquard expects a crowd before doors open 90 minutes later.

Making a debut that morning: 5,000 bottles of Coquard Brandy, an all-Wisconsin product, right down to the barrels of Wisconsin oak that the liquor aged in for two years.

"We will sell out within a day," predicts Philippe, whose priority in the next six months is to find a site to expand distilling operations. Wollersheim is best known for Prairie Fume, a semi-dry white wine that has earned numerous ...

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