Friday, March 09, 2007

Ernest Gallo, 1909-2007

Ernest Gallo, a winemaking entreprenuer known more for his business acumen than for his tasty table wines, was cut down in the prime of his life this week -- dead at age 97.

He had just begun to sip from the cup of life, which was not coincidentally filled with wine from a $4.99 bottle of delicious cabernet savignon.

In his honor, please enjoy this walk down memory lane, a totally non-cheesy ad for some blush chablis.


Of course it's not all plonk from the brothers Gallo. Through Ernest's strong-arm business tactics, his wine empire grew to encompass such legitimately good brands like the Frei Brothers and Louis M. Martini.

RIP, Ernest. If they bury you among your vines, may your nutrients find their way into my next glass of white zin.

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Blogger Jerry Zezima said...

If it weren't for red wine, he probably would have died long ago. Now he won't have to be embalmed.
-- Jerry Z

March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Mrs. NB said...

From the massive headache I have this morning after tipping my glass to the memory of Mr. Gallo last night I can attest that even the 'reserva' is plonk.

March 08, 2007  
Blogger Rachel said...

I miss the '80s.

March 08, 2007  

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