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When it comes to spirits made in Virginia there is one undisputed king – bourbon. It gets all the press. Some even argue that the sweet brown liquor was born here. But the truth is fruit brandy has a longer, and possibly grander, history in the commonwealth.

Most amateurs pop the cork on a Champagne bottle the same way – eyes closed, bottle pointed in the other direction, grimace of anticipation on their face. Half the time they end up popping someone in the head with the cork as the drink spills out on the table.

The image of an art collector for most of us is someone extremely wealthy, and probably a little stuffy. They hold fundraisers, donate collections to area museums, and have buildings named after themselves.