That was the conclusion of the Robb Report, a magazine that caters to society's 99%, about Germain Robin Select Barrel XO Brandy in a 1999 panel tasting. The Germain Robin famously bested the Richard Hennessy Cognac (price: about $3000) before Robb Report's team of experts. The accolades for this hand-distilled brandy from California don't end there. Spirit & Cocktail Magazine called Germain Robin "best on the planet." Frank Prial of the The New York Times wrote: "Hubert Germain-Robin is making far better brandy than he or his ancestors ever did in France. The depth and richness of the XO are extraordinary." In fact, this brandy is widely considered one of the best in the world--on par with the best French examples.