From stock boy to winemaker, Dan credits his mentors and on-the-job training for his career in wine. Dan got his start working with wine at a young age while bussing tables in Rhode Island. In the early years, shifts shucking oysters and receiving wine shipments helped pay the bills. However, the constant handling and organizing of wine struck a chord with Dan and at the age of 22, with no formal training, he earned a position as a sommelier at Grill 23 & Bar in Boston. There he learned about the great wines of the world, how to source them and how to sell them. After a decade building some of the largest restaurant wine cellars in the country, Dan moved to California where he worked his way into managing the operations for wineries in the Napa Valley, most notably Dan was the COO at the historic Larkmead Vineyards in Calistoga. Taking advantage of the resources available to him, Dan worked overtime to learn every aspect he could about the winemaking process.
In 2013, Dan founded Gail, a small, intimate wine label that celebrates the memory of his mother. With the help of his brothers, Dan is focused on making classic wines that honor the history and diversity of the Sonoma Valley, a place she would have considered paradise. Every wine is produced in limited amounts, hand-numbered and released solely through their mailing list.