LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2013) – Gallo Signature Series wines will serve as the official still wine for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards to honor the charitable work of actors and of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, SAG Awards Committee Chair and SAG Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams announced today. This marks the first time Gallo Signature Series wines has served as a SAG Awards partner and a donor to the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy and actor assistance programs.
“The Gallo Signature Series wines honor the journey my family started in 1933,” says third-generation winemaker Gina Gallo. “I continue to pursue my passion for crafting world class wines as a tribute to my family’s rich winemaking heritage. We are thrilled to support the SAG Foundation's good works and to partner with the SAG Awards as their official wine since they recognize and support all who pursue their own passions for crafting art on screen.”
“We are very appreciative of the support Gallo Signature Series is providing to the SAG Foundation and are delighted to welcome them to the SAG Awards,” said Williams.
Hand-crafted in limited quantities, the wines of Gallo Signature Series, which includes a 2010 vintage Russian River Valley Chardonnay (awarded 90 points from The Wine Advocate in June 2012) and a 2010 vintage Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (awarded 93 points and named editor’s choice from Wine Enthusiast in December 2012), will be featured on the dinner tables during the televised awards ceremony. A 2009 vintage Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (awarded 90 points from The Wine Advocate in December 2012) will be served in the green room.
About the SAG Foundation
The SAG Foundation provides emergency relief to members in economic distress, including the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund; video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members; scholarships for performers and their children; and emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses. The SAG Foundation operates The Actor's Center and Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab as well as the Foundation's public children's literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 750,000 global views each month. For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org.
About Gallo Signature Series
The Gallo Signature Series is a collection of wines created from the Gallo family’s remarkable estate vineyards in Sonoma, Napa and Monterey counties. Third-generation winemaker Gina Gallo carves out specific vineyard blocks to hand craft limited batches of wine, including a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, a Russian River Valley Chardonnay and a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Gallo Signature Series honors the enduring legacy of Ernest and Julio Gallo and celebrates the Gallo family’s vision for the future.
About the SAG Awards
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.