Blood and Wine: Unauthorized story of the gallo wine Empire

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Ernest and Julio Gallo have built the largest wine empire in the world. The E. & J. Gallo Winery sells more wine than its three closest competitors combined and now makes one of every four bottles of wine sold in the United States. Yet, despite their market domination and their influence, Ernest and Julio have zealously shielded their business and their families from public scrutiny. The Gallo history was little known to Ernest and Julio's younger brother, Joseph Jr., the "unknown Gallo." Ten years younger ...
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Ernest and Julio Gallo have built the largest wine empire in the world. The E. & J. Gallo Winery sells more wine than its three closest competitors combined and now makes one of every four bottles of wine sold in the United States. Yet, despite their market domination and their influence, Ernest and Julio have zealously shielded their business and their families from public scrutiny. The Gallo history was little known to Ernest and Julio's younger brother, Joseph Jr., the "unknown Gallo." Ten years younger than his brothers and raised by them from the age of thirteen, following their parents' deaths in 1933, Joe worked for Ernest and Julio for nearly thirty years, and then established his own vineyards and dairy farms. But in 1986, after Joe began to market cheese, his brothers sued him to prevent him from labeling his cheese with his own name. The lawsuit revealed long-hidden secrets and intrigues that astonished Joe and his family. Although Ernest and Julio had always maintained that they started their winery, Joe and his attorneys argued that newly disclosed evidence indicated that the winery was a continuation of the wine and grape businesses begun by Joseph Gallo, Sr. This raised the issue of whether Joe Jr. had been denied an inheritance of a one-third share in the Gallo Winery, today worth hundreds of millions of dollars. As the court battle turned into a bitter feud between Joe and his brothers, more Gallo family secrets were exposed, among them the murder/suicide of Joseph Sr. and his wife. Blood and Wine is a riveting family saga of the Gallos and a revealing look at the California wine business, from the turn of the century to the present, from immigrant roots to bootleg exploits, from poverty and family enterprise to success, domestic discord, and tragic turns of fate. An epic account of violence and passion, deceit and ambition, it takes readers behind the scenes to watch Ernest and Julio Gallo build the winery that today dominates the industry, am
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Re-arguing a trademark infringement case already settled by the courts, Hawkes ( Feminism on Trial ) presents so much immaterial evidence that the book becomes tedious. At issue: the legality of California rancher Joseph Gallo to label his consumer cheese product with his full name, as he does on his bulk shipments. Filing their successful injunction suit in 1988 were his brothers, E. and J. Gallo Winery owners Ernest (b. 1909) and Julio (b. 1910). In a defeated counterclaim, the then 70-year-old Joseph sued for a third share of the wine company as inheritance from their parents' estate. Yet the youngest son, who had been raised by his brothers after their father murdered their mother and then committed suicide when Joseph was 13, had never been a partner in the firm and had left his brothers' employ in 1967. To show Ernest as an aggressive, sleazy commander-in-chief and Julio as biddable, Hawkes dredges up corporate history (inadvertently the most interesting aspect of the book) and family relationships (only Joseph is depicted as likable) through three generations. The case, which severed the elderly siblings' friendship, is poignant, but Hawkes's blatant advocacy journalism leaves the reader curious to hear the other side's story. Photos. First serial to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Using a legal proceeding as its backdrop, this volume provides a startling portrait of multimillionaire wine king Ernest Gallo. It intimates, among other juicy allegations, that older brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo may have conspired to deceive younger brother Joseph out of his rightful inheritance. Along the way, the reader learns plenty about the California wine business and related family intrigues. Well written by freelance author Hawkes, who obviously knows how to cull legal documents for their tantalizing tidbits, this book will appeal to those who thrive on knowing the sensational about the rich and famous. Academic and reference collections will probably want to leave this one for more general adult collections.-- Gene R. Laczniak, Marquette Univ., Milwaukee
David Rouse
Free-lance journalist Hawkes tells the fascinating story of the Gallo family and its winery business, a story with all the elements of classical tragedy. It is a tale of three feuding brothers, dark family secrets, immense wealth, and a bitter battle over birthright. Contrary to claims made by Ernest and Julio that they started their business in the midst of the Depression from scratch, Hawkes' evidence suggests that it rose from the vestige of their father's Prohibition-born bootlegging operation around the same time as the murder-suicide of the Gallo parents. Raised by his two older brothers, the younger Joseph did not share in their fortune, which would have been part his if the business did, in fact, grow from their father's. Joseph started his own successful dairy operation, selling cheese under the Gallo name, but Ernest and Julio brought suit challenging Joseph's right to use the family name on his products. Hawkes provides a good read as she recounts the entire saga, though her narration gets bogged down once or twice in the legal testimony upon which she must rely because of the refusal of Ernest Gallo to cooperate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671649869
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/1993
  • Pages: 464

Table of Contents

Author's Note 11
Prologue 13
Pt. 1 The Family 21
Pt. 2 The Winery 109
Pt. 3 The Feud 293
Epilogue 392
Acknowledgments 397
Notes 400
Index 455
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