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Ernest Gallo
Birth: Mar. 18, 1909
Jackson
Amador County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 6, 2007
Modesto
Stanislaus County
California, USA

Entrepreneur. Born the son of Assunta 'Susie' Bianco and Giuseppe 'Joseph' Gallo in Jackson, California. His father and uncle operated as middle men, buying wine from small wineries and selling it in bars, operating as the Gallo Wine Company since 1906. By the 1920s, the family had moved to a farm near Modesto where they cultivated wine grapes, the depression shattered the family finances, however, and apparently led to the murder-suicide deaths of his parents in 1933. Within months, prohibition was repealed, and Ernest and his brother, Julio, borrowed money to establish E&J Gallo Winery. Ernest headed marketing while Julio was the wine maker. Their first yield was sold for half the going price, and they made $30,000 the first year. In 1957, they developed 'Thunderbird,' which Gallo intended for the 'street wine' market. Eventually they moved up the scale from Boones Farm label, to Hearty Burgundy, and Chablis Blanc. In 1981 they began producing a premium-quality chardonnay. In the 1980s they introduced Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers. The company introduced almost a score of wines, eventually taking a quarter of the American market. He served with the Wine Institute, dedicated to the the wine industry’s promotion, but otherwise was known for his reticence. In 1994, however, the brothers published an autobiography, 'Ernest and Julio: Our Story.' In 2006 Ernest was named to Forbes Magazine's 400 richest Americans list, with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. He succumbed to natural causes at age 97. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Gallo (1883 - 1933)
  Assunta Bianco Gallo (1887 - 1933)
 
 Spouse:
  Amelia Franzia Gallo (1910 - 1993)*
 
 Children:
  David Ernest Gallo (1939 - 1997)*
 
 Sibling:
  Ernest Gallo (1909 - 2007)
  Julio Gallo (1910 - 1993)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery
Modesto
Stanislaus County
California, USA
Plot: Chapel west Next to wife Amelia Gallo
 
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Originally Created by: The Perplexed Historian
Record added: Feb 05, 2005
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Ernest Gallo
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Ernest Gallo
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Ernest Gallo
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