ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG
Gail was founded by brothers Dan, Casey and Patrick O’Brien. Raised in Rhode Island, our parents valued quality of life and hard work. Once we were grown our mother went back to college, in just three years she finished her bachelor’s degree, earned a master’s then landed her dream job as Director of Special Education for the island of Jamestown, RI. Dan kept busy shucking oysters and racking wine deliveries for local restaurants in Providence before becoming a sommelier in Boston. No matter how busy we were, everyone made it home for Sunday supper, where the wine bottles were more likely to have handles but were always on the table.
In 2007, days before starting her new career, our mother suddenly passed away. She was 51, unknowingly living with a rare condition known as Amyloidosis. An event so life changing, living in Rhode Island would never be the same.
After ten years working as a sommelier, Dan’s career moved him to California where he went on to manage estate-grown wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Casey hustled up a harvest internship, followed west and we bootstrapped the funds for a few tons of Cabernet Franc to make our first wine. The following year, just as Casey’s career as a fine wine broker was taking him to Los Angeles, Patrick arrived. Today, after years working with some of the most well-respected winemakers in California, Dan and Patrick bring all their experience to bear in producing Gail. Years of hard work and grit fueled our journey, but our mother’s inherent spirit and aesthetic has guided us to plant a flag here in Sonoma, a place she would have considered paradise.
Some say that when a loved one passes, the hummingbird is a messenger that lets us know they’ve made it to the other side. The hummingbird graces every bottle of wine we make, as a reminder of how Gail’s memory became our life’s work.