E&J Gallo Winery

Gallo Spritz

E&J Gallo is one of the most well-known brands within the wine category here in the UK, and you have no doubt come across one of its expressions over dinner, a gathering with friends or trying one of the many cocktail recipes they like to release to show off its versatility. But what do we actually know about the brand itself?

Back on September 22nd 1933, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo founded a winery at 11th and D streets in Modesto, California, and grew over the next 36 years to the point of recognition as the largest winery in the USA based on volume of sales. In the same year of 1966, they introduced their first range of sparkling wines, Eden Roc and André, which incidentally went on to become the largest selling brand in the USA. November 27th 1972 saw one of their biggest marketing recognitions as Ernest and Julio Gallo appeared on the cover of Time for an article titled “American Wine Comes of Age”, followed by the opening of their first International office in London and the release of their first vintage-dated wines, both in 1983.

1993 saw the introduction of the Gallo Estate Wines, but also the unfortunate passing of Julio Gallo at the age of 87. Before the turn of the century though, E&J Gallo was named “Winery of the Century” by the Los Angeles County Fair’s Wines of the America’s competition and “Best American Wine Producer” by the London-based International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2000. The acquisition of wineries and vineyards in Napa, Monterey and in the Central Coast over the next few years certified the continued growth of E&J Gallo, carrying on a tradition introduced with the first acquisition back in 1954 with the purchase of Cribari Winery in Fresno.

In 2005, they became the first USA based winery to receive the International Standards Organization’s ISO 14001 certification, and purchased the popular Barefoot Cellars brand before the passing away of Ernest Gallo in 2007. The family still live on within the company as Ernest and Julio’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have roles within, effectively becoming the world’s largest family owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine.

So how do their expressions fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes to the varieties I have had the pleasure of experiencing –

Gallo Spritz, Pineapple and Passionfruit – 5.5%

Gallo Pinot Grigio gently spritzed and blended with natural flavours of pineapple and passionfruit.
A soft nose of the well-balanced pineapple and passionfruit, with a natural sweetness and fresh grape aroma coming through. Light on the palate, with a slight burst of the fresh passionfruit, followed by the soft pineapple base. Bursts of the fresh Pinot Grigio comes through on the lingering finish.

Gallo Spritz, Raspberry and Lime – 5.5%

Gallo Grenache Rosé gently spritzed and blended with natural flavours of raspberry and lime.
Light notes of the raspberry and lime on the nose, with a fresh zest and soft sweetness following. The raspberry dominates a fresh and crisp palate, with the lime following to soften the dryness on the long, aromatic finish.

As you may have guessed, these are not your usual expressions when talking about wine, but the inspiration for me to look into E&J Gallo came from the introduction of the Spritz range this year (2015), itself inspired by the sun-drenched fruits of California. The Spritz expressions are said to be “perfect for those who like the idea of wine, but love fruity tastes and want something more informal”. The best way to enjoy is to serve each chilled or over ice.

Of course the more traditional expressions are available, including the base of the pineapple and passionfruit Spritz in the Pinot Grigio, as well as Chardonnay and Moscato, a Whtie Grenache and White Zinfandel if you prefer your rosé styles, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir amongst the expressions of red available.

The Spritz though are a great change to your normal sparkling choices, and well worth a try before the Summer turns to Winter!

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Gallo Family Vineyards Must-Have Mimosa

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You’ll need:
  • 1 bottle of chilled Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato
  • Smooth orange juice
  • Cranberry & raspberry juice
  • 1 bottle of soda water
  • Other (for garnish):
    • One large orange, to be peeled
    • Pomegranate seeds
    • Edible flowers, e.g. pansies
  1. Pour 350ml of chilled Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato into a large jug
  2. Measure out 100ml each of the orange juice and the cranberry & raspberry juice, and add to the jug
  3. Stirring the mixture slowly, top up with 200ml of soda water for a glamorously fizzy finish 
  4. Peel and twist the orange into coils, garnish each coupette glass and serve
Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from all major retailers. For more information please visit www.gallofamily.co.uk, or the Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook page –http://www.facebook.com/GalloFamilyVineyardsUK.

Enjoy A Family Mothers Day With Gallo

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Perfect for sipping with chocolate treats or serving alongside a delicious Sunday roast, these Gallo favourites will bring the occasion to mum in a variety of ways:

Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red is a refreshing, sweeter wine, bursting with flavours of cherry, pomegranate and raspberry. Best served chilled, it’s perfect for serving on Mother’s Day alongside a traditional roast beef dinner with all the trimmings, followed by rich blackcurrant cheese cake. It has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from from all major retailers.

Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato is a light to medium-bodied white wine, with notes of luscious fruit and florals including juicy peach, citrus, pineapple and orange blossom. This sweeter style complements indulgent desserts and chocolates, perfect for treating any mum this Mother’s Day. It also partners well with mild cheese and fruity dishes. It has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from all major retailers.

Gallo Family Vineyards Summer White is packed with sumptuous fruity flavours of ripe apple, pear and citrus with subtle floral notes. This sweeter, light wine is a perfect treat for mothers relaxing on a crisp spring evening this Mother’s Day, paired with a light salad or pasta dish. It has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from all major retailers.

Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato Warming Autumn Punch

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Treat family and friends this Bonfire Night with Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato Warming Autumn Punch. Adding a touch of decadence to Guy Fawkes Night get-togethers, this rich cocktail is a warming combination of citrus, honey, cinnamon and spices.

The perfect serve to toast Fireworks Night or cosy autumnal nights in with friends. Pair with toffee apples, hot dogs and freshly baked potatoes and have woolly scarves and gloves on hand to keep guests warm.

Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato Warm Autumn Punch

Glass – 


Ingredients –

2 Bottles of Gallo Moscato
1/2 lemon, 1/2 orange & 4 kumquats
1 tablespoon of honey
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar
6 whole cloves & 6 whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks
Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve

 Method –

Thinly slice the lemon, orange, and kumquats, discarding seeds. Quarter the orange slices. Put fruit in a 4- to 5-quart pan. Add honey, sugar, cloves, and allspice. With a knife, cut the cinnamon sticks lengthwise into thinner strips. Add cinnamon and 2 cups water to pan; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Pour wine into hot citrus base and heat until steaming, about 8 minutes. Serve in a Martini glass with a twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve.

Gallo Moscato has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from UK retailers including ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Co-op. For more information please visit www.gallofamily.co.uk or Facebook page www.facebook.com/GalloFamilyVineyardsUK

Toast St George With A Patron’s Punch

Celebrate St George’s Day by toasting glasses of Gallo Family Vineyards Patron’s Punch. Just like our patron Saint this cocktail is rich with flavours of cherry, pomegranate and raspberry.

When serving with food, keep the menu quintessentially British, treat friends and family to a mini fish and chips starter, a main course of traditional Beef Wellington followed by Bakewell Tart for dessert.

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–       4 oz. Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red

–       1/2 oz. Black Raspberry Liqueur

–       Lemonade

–       Handful of raspberries and blackberries

–       Mint sprig for garnish

  • Mix the Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red and black raspberry liqueur
  • Pour into glass and top with lemonade
  • Add a few of the berries and garnish with mint sprig

A red wine best served chilled, Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red has a refreshing, fruitier, taste that has been blended for people who want to drink red wine, but feel the traditional offerings on the market are too rich and warm for their taste. Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red is a refreshing wine for all seasons and occasions.

Gallo Family Vineyards Summer Red has an RRP of £6.99and is available from UK retailers including ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Co-op. For more information please visit www.gallofamily.co.uk or Facebook page www.facebook.com/GalloFamilyVineyardsUK