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.
April 20, 1997 |
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, no stranger to political largess from the Gallo wine empire here, has nominated for federal judge a longtime Modesto attorney who is related to the Gallos by marriage. If the nomination of Frank Damrell Jr., 58, passes White House and Senate muster, it would be the third time in recent years that a high profile attorney with professional or personal ties to the Gallos has been named to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
October 16, 1996 |
When the E&J Gallo Winery needed some political muscle to ease federal regulations on champagne, the giant California winemaker called on a senator from Kansas for help. Bob Dole, then the Senate Republican leader, responded by pressuring the Bush administration in 1992 to abandon a proposed crackdown on labeling standards and permit Gallo to sell its inexpensive sparkling wines as "Charmat method" champagne, according to interviews and newly obtained documents.