March 11, 2003 |
In what could be a symbolic blow to the United Farm Workers of America, field hands at Gallo of Sonoma have petitioned to sever ties with the UFW, less than three years after the union secured a historic and hard-won labor contract there. Employees of the winery, a unit of E. & J. Gallo Winery, are scheduled to vote on the matter Thursday. UFW officials have charged that Gallo representatives illegally pressured workers to sign the petition that will bring union decertification to a vote.
September 11, 2002 |
Long known for its inexpensive jug wines, E&J Gallo Winery has acquired Louis M. Martini Winery, one of California's oldest vintners. The acquisition of Martini gives Gallo 680 plantable acres of prime vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties and a label popular for its middle-market varietals. The purchase, announced Monday, is part of a continuing consolidation in the state's wine industry caused by over-planting and sluggish sales, analysts said.
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August 11, 2002 |
UC Merced could one day have an Ernest and Julio Gallo School of Management. The Gallo family and E.&J. Gallo Winery are offering a $5-million "challenge gift" to be matched with other donations to raise an endowment of $10 million for the management school. The donation would be the second-largest contribution to the new Merced campus, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2004.
May 8, 2002 |
E&J Gallo Winery sued to block a customer, Hilton Hotels Corp., from opening a chain of Italian restaurants named Gallo Rosso. Gallo, which means rooster in Italian, said it began using the name in 1933 when Ernest and Julio Gallo founded the company. The family has spent more than $600 million promoting the name, selling billions of bottles of wine.
September 30, 2000 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. next month will begin selling its own premium wine, the giant retailer's first foray into private-label alcoholic beverages and a strategy that analysts expect to spread to other retailers. The Chardonnays, Cabernets, Merlots and White Zinfandels will be produced by E. & J. Gallo Winery and sold under the Alcott Ridge Vineyards name for $6 to $7 per 750-milliliter bottle in 1,300 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores around the world.
September 2, 2000 |
A quarter-century after the United Farm Workers of America created a national movement calling for consumers to boycott Gallo wines, the union has finally won a contract with the winemaker, the world's largest.
June 9, 1999 |
E&J Gallo Winery and Dick Clark Productions Inc. said they've teamed up to celebrate the millennium. Clark will appear in commercials for Gallo's Ballatore Sparkling Wine and use it to toast the new year on his "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" special. The Gallo campaign for the wine also includes in-store promotions and radio ads. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Gallo had a similar deal with Clark in 1998.
July 9, 1998 |
Santa Rosa-based Kendall-Jackson Winery lost its appeal of a trademark-infringement judgment last year in favor of E&J Gallo Winery over that company's "Turning Leaf" line of wines. Closely held Kendall-Jackson, one of the largest U.S. wineries, had claimed that Gallo had unfairly copied the stylized leaf design that it used on its popular Vintner's Reserve wines.