Gabriel-Glas, an Austrian brand, was created in 2010 by René Gabriel, a Swiss/German wine critic and author of the Weinbibel. In 2013, Gabriel-Glas was introduced to North America. Ideal for every style of wine, Gabriel-Glas wine glasses are meticulously engineered to be your "One For All" universal wine glass. Meet the Founder, René Gabriel, and the Gabriel-Glas North America CEO, Jonah Beer!
Jonah Beer: CEO, Gabriel-Glas North America LLC
In 1998, a fortunate tasting at a Napa Valley winery—Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars—landed Jonah Beer his first opportunity in the wine industry: glass washer (how prophetic!). He took the job and over the course of two and one-half years had worked his way through the company up to Director of Sales and Marketing eventually overseeing and running the worldwide wholesale operations. In 2003 Jonah made the move up-valley to join the Frog’s Leap team as Vice President and General Manager. His leadership role there offered him the opportunity to work in all aspects of the process: from vineyard to cellar, from bottle to brand building, and from consumers to Sommeliers.
Additionally, Jonah is the co-founder and partner in two, separate joint ventures with his wife Sara; Pilcrow: a micro, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon producer focusing on Mountain Vineyards; and True North Wine Merchants: a boutique import and distribution company covering the state of California. He is also one of the founding partners of Nicolas-Jay: a winery in Oregon focusing on Pinot Noir led by Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo-Camuzet in Vosne-Romanée.
In 2021 Jonah and a group of investors, led by fellow Midwesterners Tim Clepper and Matt Kaulig, purchased Gabriel-Glas North America bringing him full circle back to where it all began—with a wine glass. But instead of polishing and buffing them this time around he is helping to bring the joy of a purposefully made, beautifully designed, Universal Wine Glass to a thirsty continent.
René Gabriel: Founder, Gabriel-Glas
René Gabriel is a well-known Swiss/German wine critic and author of the the Weinbibel, one of the most comprehensive overviews of the wine world to date. Known for his numerous books and articles on wine authored in German, his world-famous tastings, radio interviews, and television appearances throughout the German-speaking world, René is highly respected by both wine connoisseurs as well as neophytes. His style of educating his audience is extremely informative and entertaining. He views his approach to wine as “critical, versatile but very humorous.”
While authoring the definitive Weinbibel, René searched for a single all-purpose glass as an equal measure for the thousands of wines he tasted for his research. Not finding a glass that performed to René’s requirements, he created Gabriel-Glas, a universal, lead-free crystal glass elegantly shaped to fully express the wine it delivers.
Today, René enjoys cooking, relaxing, and drinking wine out of his beautiful creation. He splits his time between the town of Eschenbach, Switzerland, and his second home on the Canary Island of Tenerife.