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Jack & Dawn


Jack worked on the family’s cattle ranch every summer as a young man, and his interest in wine started while living in Europe at age 13. A geographer and environmental planner by education, Jack is the creative mind behind Galante Vineyard's unique brand, and he oversees all aspects of the business, including keeping an eye on the growing practices and winemaking process. Jack is as dedicated to his winery as he is to his family: his wife Dawn, their five children and three grandchildren.

If Jack is not side by side with Dawn in their tasting room offices, off skiing, scuba diving or hiking in the mountains, he is probably exploring some wonder of this earth with his grandchildren. Jack is the true embodiment of the "cowboy philosophy" he preaches, stylizing his life on exacting advice such as, "Always drink upstream from the herd," and "If you come to a fork in the road, take the fork!"


Vivacious and spirited, Dawn has a passion for life, and a head for business. Not only is she the CFO for Galante Family Winery, but she also created Dawn’s Dream Winery which is tied to non-profits especially for women and children. Her dedication to producing her ‘wines with a purpose’ has been revolutionary in the industry, supporting many great causes throughout the year. Born and raised in Michigan, she fell in love with California in 1985, and never left.

Dawn cherishes her family and friends above all else. She has a mischievous, adventurous side, and is always eager to take part in her favorite outdoor sports: snow skiing, scuba diving, and hiking.  As living proof that dreamers exist and excel, Dawn has built her life on free-thinker Henry David Thoreau's belief that "Dreams are the touchstones of our character."