W. Gillett Johnson is a wine industry professional specializing in branding, packaging, import logistics, distribution attainment, winery imaging, strategic long-term planning and the building of brand equity. Gillett graduated from The American University in Paris, and began a career on Wall Street in the fast paced world of currency trade. A native of “Wine Country” in Upstate NY, Gillett’s calling for the wine industry was strong. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and began his new life dedicated to the wine business. Throughout his career in wine, Gillett has worked with just under 200 wholesalers, represented over 20 wineries, and 50 brands, of which a dozen he has overseen the importation and complete development. A skilled insider, Gillett has served on the Board of The Australian Wine Bureau and served as an advisor to the Wine Industry Association WA. He has featured his wineries on many radio shows, and has been quoted by Wine Business Monthly among other major publications.
I like wine because it satisfies my hunger, my thirst, my curiousity, and my lust for life.